Cuiaba where football is not the sole attraction
By Carlton Leisure -
Situated in the middle of Brazilian cattle country, Cuiaba the capital of Mato Grosso province is one of the hottest cities in Brazil. The name of the city is derived from the Bororo people who once lived here. The literal meaning of the term is "place where we fish with spears.’ The place came into existence in the 18th century when gold was discovered in nearby rivers. In addition to these, the place is also a jumping off point for many a tours that include Pantanal Wetlands and cerrado and the Amazon. The city is also the venue for 2014 FIFA world cup. Not a surprise, thousands of football lovers will come to the place to see their favourite stars in action. Here we turn spotlight on major tourist attractions in and around Cuiaba.
Museu do Rio Cuiabá
Situated on the west bank of Cuiabá River, this museum showcases maps, models and photos of its history. The visitors should have basic knowledge of Portuguese as information is in Portuguese only. The museum built in 1899 was previously the public fish market. The Aquário Municipal (Municipal Aquarium), with fishes of the region is also part of the complex.
Sesc arsenal is a major cultural hub in the city of Cuiaba. This cultural hub in the city hosts plays, films, dance, exhibitions and concerts.
Palácio de Instrução
The yellow baroque building of Palácio de Instrução houses Cuiabá's history and natural history museums. The main focus of the museum is the 1860s war between Brazil and Paraguay, which was fought mostly in this region. During your visit to the natural history wing you will come across an assortment of stuffed dead animals.
Praca de Republica
Praca de Republica is centrepiece of Cuiaba. At this small green square important buildings like basilica, tourist information office and the small natural history museum are situated. The most important street in central Cuiaba - Avenida Getulio Vargas - where most of the hotels and restaurants are situated is not far from here.
Despite being a small city Cuiaba is home to some interesting shopping options. Most of the shopping options are situated around Praca de Republica. The guests who want to buy some designer stuff should visit Pantanal Shopping Mall which is biggest shopping hub in Brazil. 3 Americas Shopping and Goiabeiras Shopping are other shopping options. Those who want to buy regional arts and craft can visit its several arts and crafts stores. Feira de Artesanato, Artindia, Casa do Artesão and Porto are major places to buy artworks.