So much heat, but also many shaded parks and tree-lined streets, where walking is a pleasure. Cheerful and outgoing people, who like to chat sitting on chairs brought to the sidewalk. Pantanal culture enriched with Paraguayan, Bolivian and indigenous customs. Natural wonders all around, quiet and lots of rasqueado, regional music played with acoustic guitar and viola of cocho, to listen and dance to.
Cuiabá was founded in 1719, but the earliest signs of occupation date back to 1673, the time of arrival of the first Paulista settlers to the region.
Like other cities in Brazil, Cuiabá was an exuberant gold mining center. However, over time the land mining became less important than expected and many inhabitants left the place. Elevated to the status of “city” in 1818, Cuiabá became the capital in 1835 and then resumed its growth.
From the past, there are only few works of José Joaquim da Veiga Valle, one of the geniuses of Baroque in Brazil. Cuiabá is now a major urban center in the Brazilian Center-West and the starting point for many tourist highlights of Mato Grosso, as Chapada dos Guimarães or Poconé, a municipality that provides access to the legendary Transpantaneira. This wide dirt road, where one travels at low speed to enjoy the scenery framed by the Cuiabá River and animals such as deer, capybaras, caiman, storks, herons and anteaters in freedom, leads to the most famous places in the Pantanal region and ends in Porto Jofre, a top quality fishing spot.