Cuiaba, Brazil, is a very interesting city that you may want to visit when you go to the country. That is mainly because there are a lot more attractions available than what people tend to think at first glance. We will stay focused on what you have to see and do in the event that you visit Cuiaba. Our recommendations are based on what is really popular among tourists from around the world. Make sure that you also conduct your own research.

By Mateus Hidalgo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5-br], via Wikimedia Commons

By Mateus Hidalgo (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5-br], via Wikimedia Commons

What Should You See?

There are many different Cuiaba sights that can be visited. Make sure that you visit Secreteria De Turismo in order to learn more at a local level. We can say that 4 sights are to be included on a must-see list:

  • Palacio De Instrucao – Here you can find Cuiaba’s natural history and history museums. Admission is just 35 cents and you will surely love the history museum as it is focused on the 1860s and the war between Paraguay and Brazil. Natural history enthusiasts will get an opportunity to see many stuffed animals and Indian arrows, headdresses and clubs.
  • Basilica do Senhor Bom Jesus de Cuiaba – Located in Praca de Republica, this is a really stylish cathedral that has various Art Deco features. You can go to mass at 6 PM or 6 AM if you want to.
  • Municipal Aquarium and Museu do Rio Cuiaba – We had to mention them both at the same time as they are located around the same areas. If you visit one, you should also look at the other one.
  • Praca de Republica – This is basically a small square, green centerpiece of the city. It is modern and highly stylish with a basilica that fronts it. You will inevitably pass by it when visiting Cuiaba.
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By Bart van Dorp (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

What To Do In Cuiaba?

In most cases the travel agencies recommend a visit of around 3 days. 5 days are perfect for those that are in no hurry so that wildlife viewing can be experienced properly. You can see so many animals around Cuiaba and in most situations you will not actually spend a lot of time in the city as a tourist. Here are some activities that will take you away:

  • Guided Hikes – There are many available and after the sunset, make sure that you go to Transpantaneira in order to see stunning night creatures: jaguars, tarantulas and capybaras. Make sure that you ride a horse when exploring Pantanal as this makes the experience better.
  • Canoe Rides – You can always go on a small river and spot giant river otters and monkeys on the way.
  • Chapada dos Guimaraes – Great after you explore Pantanal. You should go for a one day trip to see great red-rock formations, canyons and plateaus. There are many hiking opportunities and fabulous views to be seen.