Charming Exploits In Latin America: 11 Things To Do In Cuiaba, Brazil

Things to do in Cuiaba

Originally founded during the gold rush of the 18th-century, Cuiaba is now one of Brazil’s rapidly growing cities. It’s also an important urban center, an agricultural hub, and the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. The people of Cuiaba are of African, European, and Native American backgrounds and this is reflected in the architecture, culture, and cuisine of the region. Furthermore, the people are warm and friendly, making Cuiaba a very inviting place with many fun things to do.

1. Parque Tia Nair

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Posted by Uno Imagens on Thursday, 21 April 2016

Cuiaba has plenty of natural attractions that will delight all kinds of visitors. And one of the first places to experience picturesque scenery and beautiful sunsets is at the Parque Tia Nair, a local park. This park has water features, and thus, has that perfect riverside feel to it. Furthermore, there’s plenty of excellent features such as a food court, restrooms, children’s playgrounds, walking and jogging trails.

Parque Tia Nair

Address: Avenida Erico Preza, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78060-758, Brazil

Website: Parque Tia Nair (in Portugese)

2. Mato Grosso Handcrafts Art Museum

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The Mato Grosso Handcrafts Art Museum is the ideal venue for visitors to gain greater insight of the region’s art and culture. The museum’s staff is knowledgeable of the Cuiaba culture and will expose visitors to the arts and crafts of local artists, and even offer some of these works for sale. Spend an hour or two at this lovely museum, and you’re sure to have an entertaining and inspiring time.

Mato Grosso Handcrafts Art Museum

Address: Rua Treze de Junho 315, Porto Centro Sul, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78005-250, Brazil

Website: Mato Grosso Handcrafts Art Museum

3. Arena Pantanal

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Posted by Arena Pantanal on Monday, 8 May 2017

It’s common knowledge that football is a beloved sport in Brazil, and has produced some of the finest football players in the world. And in 2014, Brazil hosted the 20th FIFA World Cup, which was a momentous event enjoyed by millions of fans globally. So, why not catch a football match in one of the country’s newer stadiums, the Arena Pantanal!

Arena Pantanal

Address: Avenida Agricola Paes de Barros - Verdao, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78030-970, Brazil

Website: Arena Pantanal (in Portugese)

4. Grande Templo

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Posted by Grande Templo on Sunday, 26 June 2016

Brazil is a deeply religious country, and that’s accentuated by the myriad of Catholic churches dotting the landscape. There’s also an impressive religious temple in Cuiaba such as the Grande Templo. Concisely, it’s a temple dedicated to the worship of God and feels more like a massive auditorium due to the circular shape and size of the building. It also features a Christian bookstore with plenty of interesting books covering the subject.

Grande Templo

Address: Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Facebook: Grande Templo

5. Massairo Okamura Park


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Since Cuiaba has some awesome weather, you’ll want to spend a lot of time outdoors and even keep active. Massairo Okamura Park is a very inviting open space with plenty of trees, walking paths, hiking trails, and drinking fountains. And while it’s a good place to walk and jog around in, just keep in mind that no bikes or skateboards are permitted in the park.

Massairo Okamura Park

Address: Avenida Historiador Rubens de Mendonca, Morada do Ouro, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil

6. Our Lady of Rosario and Sao Benedito Church

Posted by Festa de São Benedito Cuiabá on Saturday, 1 July 2017

This gorgeous-looking Catholic Church in Cuiaba’s old city, an area where gold mining took place, holds festivals for Saint John and Saint Benedict every June. The church sits atop a hill, and there are rumors that there’s gold below the building. Once you’ve finished your visit at the church, take a walk around the charming streets nearby.

Our Lady of Rosario and Sao Benedito Church

Address: Praca do Rosario s/n, Centro, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78008-565, Brazil

Facebook: Our Lady of Rosario and Sao Benedito Church

7. Mae Bonifacia Park

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Posted by David F. Smith on Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Mae Bonifacia Park is one of the more notable natural spaces in Cuiaba. It’s a tidy and beautiful park that’s bound to impress. There’s plenty of indigenous animals such as birds, capybara, monkeys, and iguana. And there’s a wide diversity of flora, fauna, and trees, which populate the entire park. More importantly, it’s safe and attracts local families and tourists who enjoy exploring the park via the many walking trails.

Mae Bonifacia Park

Address: Avenida Miguel Sutil, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78045-100, Brazil

Website: Mae Bonifacia Park (in Portugese)

8. Museu do Morro da Caixa D'agua Velha

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Delve deeper into Cuiaba’s rich artistic heritage by visiting the Museu do Morro da Caixa D’agua Velha. This modern art museum features a wide variety of exhibitions that include handicrafts, photographs, and art pieces from past eras. The museum’s guides are friendly and take time carefully explaining the finer details of the exhibits for visitors.

Museu do Morro da Caixa D'agua Velha

Address: Rua Comandante Costa s/n, Centro, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Website: Museu do Morro da Caixa D'agua Velha (in Portugese)

9. Orla do Porto

There are many impressive architectural gems in and around Cuiaba. Explore these further by visiting the Orla do Porto, which is located near the port district. There are many colorful classical buildings with an exquisite Latin flavor, lining the streets of this neighborhood. And you may want to kick back with a cocktail at one of the vibrant bars and restaurants to end your day on a high note.

Orla do Porto

Address: Praca Luiz de Albuquerqueuerque, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78025-080, Brazil

10. SESI Park

Posted by Philippe Landes on Saturday, 9 July 2016

Cuiaba is a hot place, especially when you’re visiting during those sweltering summer months. So, there’s nothing better than cooling down at a water park with many fun games and attractions for singles, families, and kids. SESI Park is a recreational park with a ton of exciting water features, slides, and structures that will make the kids go wild! There’s also plenty of amenities, a restaurant, and cafeteria on site.


Address: Avenida Oatomo Canavarros 1079, Morada do Ouro, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso 78050-568, Brazil

Website: SESI Park (in Portugese)

Sweltering hot fun times in Cuiaba

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Cuiaba is a vibrant and fun Brazilian destination that offers travelers a range of unique experiences. Whether this involves catching a football match, discovering interesting handcrafts, attending a religious function, or cooling off at a water park, Cuiaba has you covered.

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