The capital of Mato Grosso State is renowned for its colonial architecture and its green urban areas. The city is also the gateway to some of the main tourist destinations in the country: the north side of the Pantanal and Chapada dos Guimarães National Park.
The city of Cuiabá is located on South America’s central axis, also known as the geodetic center of the continent. This means that the municipality is located smack in the middle of the continent, with an equal area of landmass lying north and south of it, and an equal area of landmass lying east and west of it.
Instruction Palace currently houses the State Culture Department, the Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, and the State Public Library.
The city’s many attractions include century-old churches as well as art galleries, museums, parks, city squares, and monuments. Local cuisine is rich and varied, keeping everyone happy. For those who enjoy preserved historic buildings, a visit to the Historic Center of Cuiabá is definitely in order. The National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) has added it to the National Heritage List. Another building that is popular with tourists in the city is the Instruction Palace (Palácio da Instrução). The neoclassical-style building was inaugurated in 1914 and currently houses the Estevão de Mendonça State Library.
There are two local attractions that everyone must visit, one of which is the Morro da Caixa D’água Museum. For over 100 years, it was the only water reservoir in the city of Cuiabá. Currently a museum, it tells a little of the city’s history. The other one is Mãe Bonifácia State Park. Covering an area of over 70 hectares, the park has walking and jogging trails, nature trails, a playground, fitness equipment, and an observation tower. Visitors will be able to see several typical plant species of the Brazilian Cerrado Biome.
When visiting Cuiabá, make sure you try the dishes prepared with local freshwater fish, such as roast stuffed Pacu and Piranha soup.
The city is relatively close to several ecotourism attractions, such as Chapada dos Guimarães National Park and the Pantanal Conservation Area (added to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List in the year 2000).
+55 (65) 3614-2500
Cuiabá International Airport operates daily domestic flights. A great travel hub for foreign visitors who wish to go to Cuiabá is the International Airport of Brasilia, which operates flights to and from several countries..
+55 (65) 3621-1515
The Bus Station in Cuiabá operates bus routes from most major Brazilian cities. The best routes are through highways BR-364, BR-163, and BR-070.
There are several intercity bus routes that cover the whole city of Cuiabá. Please visit Pantanal Transportes (the local transport authority) for more information on local routes.
Personal Vehicles or Rentals
A great way to see the attractions around the city and to visit nearby destinations is to rent a car.
Taxis and Ridesharing Companies
If you want to get around the city more comfortably, taxis and ridesharing companies are available.
+55 (65) 3617-1261
Military Police: 190
Fire Department: 193
There are basically two seasons in Cuiabá: The rainy season, between the months of October and April, and the dry season, between May and September.