Cuiabá is the best kickoff point for visiting the northern Pantanal, but it is not a destination itself. However, many travel arrangements dictate that you spend part of a day here before leaving for your pousada or fazenda (ranch) or upon your return.
The two main streets, Av. Getúlio Vargas and Av. Isaac Póvoas, are two blocks apart.On and between them are most of the town’s hotels and restaurants. Another key street is CPA or Av. Rubens de Mendonça, which also has restaurants and night spots.
Cuiabá does have several museums that are worth a peek. The Rondon Museum, also known as the Museu do Índio, has an interesting collection of weapons and instruments used by local Indians. This museum is two miles out of town on the grounds of the University of Mato Grosso.
The Museum of Sacred Art is located in the Church of NS do Bom Despacho in Praça do Seminário.
If you are interested in local handicrafts, make a stop at Artindia on Rua Pedro Celestino. It is run by FUNAI, the Brazilian Agency for Indians. Another shop that is fun to browse is Casa do Artesão that has works of art and crafts by local artists.
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