Cuiabá; located in the center of South America, is the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso, in Brazil. This lively city has loads to offer tourists in terms of entertainment and attractions. Cuiabá has been influenced by immigrants from Europe, Africa and native America, and this can be seen in the many museums present in the city. Cuiabá is known for being home to the third most important airport of the Brazilian Mid-West region and is renowned for being one of Brazil’s hottest cities. The city also has been influenced by Native Americans, and visitors will be able to see this in the craftwork and cuisine the city has to offer. For Muslims visitors, there is a small population of Muslims in the city and therefore finding Halal food and mosques in Cuiabá will prove to be difficult.
Parks in Cuiabá are generally popular gathering spots amongst the locals. The city gets the nickname ‘the Green City’ from the number of green areas, parks and reserves it has. Parque Massairo Okamura, Parque Estadual Mao Bonifacia, Parque Municipal Lagoa Encantada, Horto Florestal de Cuiaba, Parque Federal da UFMT e Zoologico Estadual, Parque Ze Bolo Flo are just a few of the several nature reserves in Cuiabá.
The swampy plain of the Pantanal is one of the largest tropical wetlands in the world. Since Cuiabá serves as the main gateway to the northern part of the Pantanal, the area is a must-visit. The Pantanal is home to a wide array of flora and fauna and one tourist favorite is a drive along the Transpantaneira; which is a road that crosses the Pantanal. While on the Transpantaneira visitors will spot a plethora of Brazilian wildlife. This activity is usually done at night, and if lucky visitors will be able to spot capybaras, tarantulas, and jaguars. There are several tours that visitors can go on that are available daily, all year round and start in the city of Cuiabá. A visit to the Pantanal Jaguar Camp is a must. Visitors are taken on boats on waterways that wind through the heart of the Pantanal to see animals, like jaguars, as well as birds in the area. This is one adventure the entire family is sure to enjoy.
Another must-visit is the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park; which is located in the municipality of Chapada dos Guimarães, approximately 62 kilometres from the city of Cuiaba. The area is known for being home to canyons and plateaus, stunning red rock formations, caves, breathtaking waterfalls and even to birds like the red macaw. It is the ideal place to go on a hike, and visitors will also come across swimming holes while exploring. The national park is also full of other beautiful natural attractions, archeological sites, ancient rock paintings and more. A definite tourist must-see in the area, are the waterfalls of Véu de Noiva and Cidade de Pedra. Tourists looking to explore the park even more must hire a guide to go on an overnight excursion.
The airport located closest to Cuiabá is Marechal Rondon International Airport; which is situated in the adjoining municipality of Várzea Grande, approximately 10 kilometres from downtown Cuiabá. Although this is one of the most important airports in Brazil, it only offers domestic flights. For international flights, tourists will have to travel over a 1000 kilometres away to the Brasília International Airport.
There are no known Halal restaurants in Cuiabá. Muslim visitors will have to dine on vegetarian or seafood dishes from local non-Halal restaurants after ensuring that the dishes do not consist of any non-Halal items. Because Cuiabá has a small Muslim population, Muslim tourists may be able to obtain more information on the availability of Halal food in the area, at the local mosque. Muslim visitors must also be aware that most restaurants in Cuiabá do serve alcohol. When in the city, visitors must also try out some of the interesting Native American dishes that are available.
There is one known mosque in Cuiabá, namely the Masjid Cuiabá or the Mosque of Cuiabá. This mosque serves the Muslim community in Cuiabá and can be used by tourists as well. Because it is not easy to locate other mosques in the city, Muslim tourists are advised to pray in their hotel room before setting out on any excursion, if possible.