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.
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.
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.
Established in 1977, Zoológico da UFMT had humble beginnings, housing animals found on the sprawling campus. Today, the zoo houses a rich diversity of native wildlife, with no less than 75 species. The zoo houses a major collection of endangered species, many of which had to be rescued. The beautifully landscaped zoo, with artificial water bodies and expansive enclosure for its residents makes for a relaxing exploration.
Nestled in the southern frontiers of the state of Mato Grosso, the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park is widely known for its serene waterfalls and breathtaking geological formations, making this a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. The park was established in the year 1910 on the orders of Colonel Pedro Celestino Correa da Costa, the then president of Mato Grosso who wished to conserve the region's precious forest cover and the rivers of Cuiaba, Coxipo-acu, Manso. Its lands cover nearly 32,630 hectares (80,600 acres) of pristine wilderness that sustain a plethora of fauna such as the highly-endangered giant armadillo, pampas deer, seriema and the howler monkey.