CGB - Cuiabá


The one to watch

By Ricardo Freire

Its selection as one of the World Cup 2014 host cities crowns the great moment Cuiabá is experiencing. As one of the Brazilian agribusiness capitals, the city grows ever more beautiful. And this honor provides it yet another reason to improve even more.

Cuiabá is located at the geodetic center of South America. It is always hot during the day, but the city makes the most of its nights, as few cities can. Visitors are so impressed by the verdant streets and the friendliness of the residents that they wind up forgiving the heat.

Nature is very near – and presents itself in ways that vary from the chasms of Chapada dos Guimarães to the flooded forests of the Northern Pantanal. The transparent rivers (teeming with fish) in Nobres, which leave nothing to be desired to those in Bonito, are only 150 km (92 mi) from the state capital.​

O que fazer em Cuiabá

Founded in the 18th century during the Brazilian gold cycle, Cuiabá still retains a few buildings from that time in the historic downtown. Don’t forget to also visit the Arsenal de Guerra (War Arsenal), transformed by the SESC into a cultural center.

The Praça Popular (Popular Square) is the region with the most lively bars in the city. For original shopping, don’t forget to stop by the stores ArtÍndia (run by Funai, the Federal Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation) and Casa do Artesão, in the Port region.

The Chapada dos Guimarães mountain range is only 70 km (43 mi) away; however, to tour the circuit of waterfalls an overnight stay is recommended. There are one-day trips along the Transpantaneira Highway starting at Poconé, 100 km (62 mi) from Cuiabá.