With a history dating back to the 1722, Catedral Metropolitana Basílica do Senhor Bom Jesus is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. The current church building was constructed in 1973 in an effort to revitalize ancient structure. Though none of the original structure from the 18th Century exists today, the church building, is nonetheless, a magnificent edifice sporting breathtaking architectural detail.
This lush patch of green offers a welcome respite from the urban bustle of the city. Located north of the city center, Parque Mãe Bonifácia is a popular meeting point for locals. From joggers and bikers going about their daily routine in the mornings to families with kids in the evenings, the park sees a constant bustle throughout the day. Walking trails and a lush forested area make the park ideal for nature enthusiasts as well. Besides recreation, the park is also host to numerous cultural and community events throughout the year.
Built in the 18th Century, Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário e São Benedito is one of the oldest churches in the city. The regal church building features early colonial architecture, rarely seen on other historic structures in the city. Though the building has undergone numerous renovations and changes over the years, the stellar historical elements inside have been well preserved. The church is host to Festa de Sao Benedito, one of the city's most important religious events.
Parque Massairo Okamura was conceived with an aim to conserve the native flora and ecosystem of the region. Spanning 54 hectares (133.44 acres) the expansive park is a delight for nature enthusiasts. The walking trails are a great way to traverse the lush forested areas of the park. Besides this, the park also has an area designed like a native Indian village. Keen enthusiasts can check out the educational center for detailed information about the park.
Mercado do Porto is a huge market located in the Porto neighborhood of Cuiabá. A weekly market, it operates only on Sundays, and is a huge crowd puller. One of the best and biggest markets in Cuiaba, it sells everything from fish, meat and fruits, to cheese, pastries and vegetables. The market also has stalls which sell clothes and handicrafts. A number a small cafeterias present in the market serve some delicious local food and drinks. The market remains an attraction for tourists and locals alike.
The magnificent Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Bom Despacho is one of the oldest churches in the city. The church was constructed in the mid-19th Century, and is believed to be second church built in the city. The current church building dates back to 1918, and features striking Neo-Classical elements. The church sits like a crown jewel on the Morro do Seminário, and is an instantly recognizable feature of the region.
The city of Cuiabá has a unique distinction of being at the center of South America, and this monument marks this geographical feature. The exact geodesic center, which today, stands at the Pascoal Moreira Cabral square was determined through research by Marechal Candido Rondon. Standing in front of the city's municipal office, the monument comprises a towering obelisk, that's easily visible from a distance.
Horto Florestal Tote Garcia was conceived in 1939 for horticultural research and to find better ways to increase the region's green cover. Managed by the municipality since 1953, the facility is named after the renowned Brazilian composer Tote Garcia. Visitors to the park can admire the rich diversity of native plant life, that spans close to 15 hectares (37.07 acres). Besides this, the facility has a plant nursery showcasing the agencies research efforts. Tours of the facility are available, and school groups are welcome with prior appointment.