With about 575 thousand inhabitants, according to the IBGE in 2014, cuiabá It is the capital and, without a doubt, the main industrial, commercial and service center in the state of Mato Grosso. Surprisingly, it is considered one of the most wooded capitals in the country, as you can see that in addition to residential neighborhoods, the city also offers many parks and squares distributed in green areas at different points.

cuiabá was founded in the 17th century by pioneers who came from the interior of São Paulo, the capital of Mato Grosso was practically forgotten from the period of gold deposits until the mid-20th century, when its population resumed growth and reached the peak in number of inhabitants in the the 1970s and 1980s.

It is between the Amazon, the Cerrado and the Pantanal that cuiabá is strategically located. Surrounded by several rivers and vegetation typical of the Cerrado, the capital is also considered one of the gateways to the Amazon Forest – the largest tropical forest in the world. In addition, it holds in its territory part of the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, cradle of the waters that shelters the most beautiful waterfalls and waterfalls in the state.

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With a rich and diverse biome, the region has become peculiar for the variety and mix of ecosystems still preserved that can be found in the surroundings, forming a unique scenario full of life. Representing the Pantanal, the city was also one of the 12 chosen to host the World Cup games in Brazil in 2014.

historic center

THE historic center of Cuiabá, as in other Brazilian capitals, it was built in the colonial period and still retains part of the architecture of the time. Although many patrimonies have been influenced by the demographic and economic advances of the capital, you can still find some houses from these periods such as the Calçadão de Cuiabá, the Historic Museum of Mato Grosso, the headquarters of SESC Arsenal, among others.

In addition, Mato Grosso also shares with its neighboring state, Mato Grosso do Sul, one of the most exotic destinations in Brazil. Well, it is in the Pantanal that borders do not seem to exist, giving space only to nature in its fullest. Considered by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage and Biosphere Reserve, the region has unique characteristics: to the south, the largest area belongs to the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, and to the north, in Mato Grosso, the immensity of the Amazon Pantanal.

In both, represented as a savannah, most of the territory is flooded, in a space with more than 250 thousand km² of pure wildlife. Certainly, these perfect conditions in the mix of different biomes, made the destination an ideal habitat for animals to reign in abundance.

Things to do in Cuiaba

city of Cuiabá

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Our Lady of Good Dispatch Church

Undoubtedly, one of the main postcards of the city. It was listed as a Historical Heritage, as it has a neo-gothic architectural style with the interior where the baroque predominates.

artisan's house

The space brings together various handicrafts typical of the state such as wooden sculptures, bows, arrows, whistles with bird sounds, among other souvenirs from the Pantanal, such as homemade sweets.

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Saint Benedict

Certainly, one of the great landmarks of the foundation of the city, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito was built around 1730. Its simple architecture is typical of Brazilian colonial architecture and hides the baroque-rococo decoration.

Mother Bonifacia Park

The largest park in Cuiabá has 90% of its area occupied by native forest. Therefore, as a result, the space has a lot of green and spaces for activities such as hiking trails, children's area and gym equipment.

Other tourist attractions in Cuiabá:

  • Museu do Morro da Caixa D'Água Velha
  • SESC Theater – Arsenal
  • Mato Grosso Historical Museum
  • Arena Pantanal (Verdão)
  • Prehistoric Museum Casa Dom Aquino
  • Museum of Sacred Art

How to get to Cuiabá


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By airplane

Marechal Rondon International Airport receives daily flights from the main capitals of Brazil.

By car

Porto Velho: 1454 km – access via BR-364 and BR-174.
Campo Grande: 707 km via BR-163.
Goiânia: 930 km via BR-060 and BR-364.

By bus

In addition, the city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. But, for up-to-date information on which companies operate to Cuiabá, it is worth calling the bus station in the capital of Mato Grosso.

Cuiabá bus station
Tel: (65) 3621-1515

Best time to visit Cuiabá

Capital of Mato Grosso

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Surprisingly, the tropical climate prevails stably throughout the year. Cuiabá is known for its high temperatures, but it also has more rigorous winters when the thermometer shows temperatures around 15 degrees. On the other hand, from October to April the rains usually arrive with force, concentrating in the region. Finally, between the months of May and September, temperatures rise again and the climate remains drier.

Where to stay in Cuiabá

Cuiabá - Mato Grosso

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Booking offers more than 50 options for accommodation in CuiabáSee all available hotels on Booking.com here.

In addition, Cuiabá has great Airbnb accommodation options. The platform that offers house, apartment and room rentals can be much cheaper than hotels. And if you haven't registered yet, you can use this discount code.

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