The strong indigenous presence in Cuiabá, capital of Mato Grosso, ensures visitors the opportunity to find the cultural heritage rooted in the city, either because of the manner of speaking, the cuisine or traditions.
Cuiabá is located at the central point of South America and has many pleasant surprises, such as its historical center, preserved by the Instituto de Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional – Iphan. Two must-do tours are: the Museu Rondon do Índio, with a collection related to the indigenous ethnic groups that have been living in the region for centuries, and the Museu de Pedras Ramis Bucair, with displays of rocks and precious stones, as well as archaeological pieces.
The city’s economy is based on commerce and industry. The main commerce is retail, consisting of stores and stalls of food products, clothing and appliances. The industrial sector is basically represented by agribusiness.
The Parque Indígena do Xingú was created in 1961, as a initiative of back-woods-men led by the Villas-Bôas brothers, to ensure the survival, better living conditions and land for the indigenous population, as well as to preserve their culture, habits and religion. The Park has about 5000 inhabitants from 15 different ethnic groups.
The Caverna do Jabuti, preserved in 2014 as a State Historic and Artistic Heritage Site, also deserves to be visited.
Parque Nacional Chapada dos Guimarães is located to the east of Cuiabá. The park is filled with waterfalls and caves of the cerrado.