Cuiabá - MT

Basic Information

  • Population: 650,877
  • GDP per capita: BRL 42,918.31
  • MHDI: 0.785
  • Source: IBGE

Cuiabá belongs to the state of Mato Grosso, in the Central-West Region of Brazil. Anyone born in Mato Grosso is mato-grossense. Anyone born in Cuiabá is cuiabano.

Located between the Pantanal, the Amazon and the Cerrado, Cuiabá is one of the most important Brazilian capitals when it comes to biodiversity. With its more than 300 years of history, the city is also a reference in Brazil's economy since it is a strategic location for agribusiness and Brazilian agroindustry. 

Cuiabá brings together history and nature in a unique spectacle. Its cultural roots are reflected in festivals and folkloric manifestations, while the Cuiabá River meanders through the city, providing stunning scenery. The city will host G20 technical meetings in Brazil in 2024.


The Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário and São Benedito is one of the founding landmarks of Cuiabá. It was built in earthen architecture, in 1730, on the banks of the Prainha stream. (Photo: Flávio André/MTur)
The Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário and São Benedito is one of the founding landmarks of Cuiabá. It was built in earthen architecture, in 1730, on the banks of the Prainha stream. (Photo: Flávio André/MTur)

Cuiabá covers 4,327.448 km². It is the capital of the state of Mato Grosso. The city is an enchanting mixture of culture, history and exuberant nature. Founded in 1719, its roots date back to the gold cycle, which influenced its colonial architecture—as can be seen in its preserved historic center. The city, bathed by the waters of the Cuiabá and Coxipó rivers, has a unique atmosphere, full of a rich cultural heritage and the warmth of its population.

Cuiabana architecture is a testimony to the past and to the present. In the center, buildings such as the Nossa Senhora do Rosário and São Benedito churches, dating from the 18th century, are highlights. The colorful houses and baroque churches lend a special charm to the historic streets, while modern buildings reflect the city's contemporary growth.

The natural beauty of Cuiabá is marked by its proximity to the Pantanal, the largest floodplain in the world. The unique flora and fauna of the Pantanal attract tourists looking for a wild and authentic experiences. The Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, with its rock formations and waterfalls, is another natural treasure in the region.

Cuiabana culture is celebrated in festivals and events throughout the year. The Siriri and Cururu Festival highlights typical dances and music, while São Benedito, the city's patron saint, is honored with religious and folk festivities. The Porto Market, with its metallic architecture, is a meeting point where Cuiabana culture mixes with traditional commerce.

With its regional cuisine, the city enchants visitors with its authenticity and warmth, offering a great experience to food lovers. The pintado fish, the traditional rice with pequi and the famous Maria Isabel, a type of carreteiro rice with beef, are dishes that reflect the diversity and richness of Cuiabana cuisine.

Cuiabá's climate is tropical and there are well-defined seasons. Summers are hot and humid, ideal for exploring the region's natural beauty. In winter, temperatures are mild, offering a pleasant climate for outdoor activities.

Cuiabá is a treasure in the Brazilian Central-West—where historic architecture, the natural beauty of the Pantanal, cultural richness and authentic cuisine converge to create a unique experience. The city, with its welcoming and vibrant soul, invites visitors to explore its traditions and discover the natural wonders that surround it.


Cuiabá – Marechal Rondon International Airport, located in Várzea Grande, just 8 km from the city center, has the capacity to handle 5.7 million passengers per year. The airport is a gateway to the rich biodiversity of the Pantanal and the vibrant culture of Mato Grosso. With modern infrastructure, it facilitates access to tourist destinations in the central region of Brazil.


Cuiabá City Hall

Government of the State of Mato Grosso