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Cuiaba

Capital of the Southern Amazon

Founded during the 18th-century gold rush, Cuiaba is now a modern state capital boasting an impressive skyline of modern buildings and serving as a major commercial center in this part of Brazil. The region boasts a rich culinary tradition blending elements of European, Native American, and African cooking styles, so leave time in your Cuiaba itinerary to explore the city's lively restaurant scene. Other things to do in Cuiaba include admiring the city's colonial architecture and taking canoe tours of the Pantanal, a World Heritage-listed conservation area sheltering many rare animal species, including marsh deer and giant river otter. Plan your holiday in Cuiaba and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Brazil journey planner .
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Where to stay in Cuiaba

As a busy state capital and a major hub of commerce, Cuiaba provides a good selection of mostly mid-range hotels catering to budget visitors. Truly luxurious hotels are a rarity here, but you can choose from many decent establishments offering clean, bright rooms. Look for accommodations near downtown to stay close to the best shopping, dining, and entertainment options. For a more authentic visit, check out the city's pousadas (guesthouses), which often occupy one or more floors inside restored historical buildings.
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