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.