CGR - Campo Grande

Campo Grande

New west

By Ricardo Freire

The city of Campo Grande was founded at the intersection of two streams with contradicting names: Prosa (Prose) and Segredo (Secret). Just as there can be no secrets without prose, Campo Grande developed full of complementing characteristics: the quality of life of a capital city, the peace and quiet of country life, and the cosmopolitan spirit of frontier cities.

Paraguayans, Japanese, Syrian–Lebanese and Gauchos all contributed to create a cultural mix that is unparalleled in Brazil. People have sobá (Japanese noodle soup), eat Paraguayan soup (a Paraguayan meat pie), and drink tereré (a cool, sweet yerba mate).

The city is a jumping off point for Bonito and the Southern Pantanal. But you don’t need to leave the state capital to commune with nature: few places in Brazil have as many parks within city limits.

Como chegar em Campo Grande
A friendly two-story bus, called City Tour, visits over 40 of the city’s tourist spots.  As for the green spaces, two deserve special mention: the Parque das Nações (Park of Nations) with its 120 hectares houses the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Parque dos Poderes (Park of the Powers), whose landscaping is composed exclusively of vegetation from the cerrado, and which is surrounded by public administration buildings.

At night, the liveliest spot in town is the Feira Central (Central Market), with handicraft and many stands selling typical foods.

Bonito is 312 km (194 mi) away. The closest spot in the Pantanal wetlands is Aquidauana, located 150 km (93 mi) away. Miranda is 220 km (137 mi) away and is linked to the capital by the Trem do Pantanal (Pantanal Train).