10 Things To Do in Cuiaba

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Source: Jeff Belmonte

Cuiaba is a city in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil and it is the capital as well. Cuiaba is located in the center of South America. The city’s total land area is 3,291 kilometers squared and the population of Cuiaba as of 2015 is 580,489.

1. Visit the famous churches in town

Cuiaba is a very historical place and also the churches along with it. Visiting churches might be one of the last thing on your mind during a vacation but visiting the churches in this city is totally worth it. The churches in Cuiaba that you should visit are Our Lady of Rosario and Sao Benedito Church, Our Lady of Bom Despacho Church, and Bom Jesus de Cuiaba Church (Matriz).

2.  Taste the best food in town

The food in Cuiaba is magnificent and do not let the opportunity pass while you are still in town you should really taste the best food they have in the best restaurants. The best restaurants that we recommend you to visit are Mahalo, Lelis Peixaria, Originale Di Parma, Varadero Bar e Resto, Restaurante E Peixaria Okada, Pe de Pequi, Boi Grill, Choppao, and Avec.

3. Experience nightlife

Spend your every minute awake in Cuiaba and enjoy the best of their nightlife meeting new people and having the time of your life. There are a lot of bars and nightclubs around for you to choose or to hop on. The clubs that you should visit are Executives Night Club, Crystal Night Club, Nuun, Geronimo West Music, Villa’s Country Bar, Canelas Rock Bar, Wood’s Cuiabá and Clube Monte Líbano.

4. Learn more about Cuiaba by visiting museums

A great way to explore the wonders of Cuiaba is to visit one of the museums and knowing the history of the place. You will surely be fascinated by the ancient artifacts and the new information that you will be able to learn. The museums that you should visit are Museu do Morro da Caixa D’agua Velha, Museu Historico de Mato Grosso, Old Water Box Hill Museum, Casa Dom Aquino PreHistory Museum, Lazaro Papazian Chau Image and Sound Museum of Cuiaba, Das Bonecas e Brinquedos Museum, and Religious Art Museum.

5. Watch something at SESC – Arsenal Theater

SESC – Arsenal Theater is one of the landmarks in Cuiaba. The theatre has been preserved really well. It has a really high historical and cultural value for the locals. The place is a bit crowded but totally worth it. There are also food and crafts for sale every Thursday in the theatre.


  • Name: SESC – Arsenal Theater
  • Address: Rua 13 de junho, 399, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Acess: 10 minutes away from Our Lady of Rosario and Sao Benedito Church
  • Price: Varies
  • Phone: 65 616 6900
  • Opening hour: Monday-Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Website: None

6. Have fun with animals at the zoo

Get away from the busy environment of the city and visit the zoo. The zoo is the best place to enjoy nature with its flora and fauna. The UFMT zoo is also great for families with little kids as it is very exciting that only for them but for the adults too! Make sure to visit the zoo when the weather is not that hot because Cuiaba can be a very hot city.


  • Name: UFMT zoo
  • Address: Av. Fernando Correa, s/n, UFMT | Coxipó, Cuiaba, State of Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Acess: 13 minutes away from Museu Historico de Mato Grosso
  • Price: $5-$8USD
  • Phone: 653158007
  • Opening hour: Monday-Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Website: http://www.ufmt.com.br/#_=_

7. Shop around Cuiaba

Almost everyone would shop especially if it is during a vacation because you will have the chance to buy something that cannot be bought in your local city. Shopping in Cuiaba is easy. The city is full of individual stores international or local, you name it everything is just easy to find. Do not forget to buy some souvenirs and gifts too!

8. Walk around and have some picnic in the parks

Enjoy the wonders of Cuiaba by walking around the parks while enjoying the views around. The parks are also great for picnics, so make sure you spend some time doing this activity because it is one of the best things you can do around the city. The parks that you should visit are Mae Bonifacia Park, Parque Tia Nair, Massairo Okamura Park, and SESI Park.

9. Book some city tours

If you feel like you want to enjoy the whole trip to Cuiaba without any hassle of organising everything then you should book some city tours. They should be available around tourist agencies in your city or in Cuiaba itself. Enjoying the city especially in a tour bus is a really great idea that you don’t have to do the hassle of walking, just enjoying the views sitting and relaxing.

10. Tour around the nature and wildlife


If you are into adventure and nature, Cuiaba has that too. Book some of the tours and you will be able to experience the nature in Cuiaba with many interesting activities too such as skydiving, 4WD, parasailing and any kind of activity that will surely fuel your adrenaline rush or just plain tours that involve nature would be great.


Have a good trip and travel!