Culture of Cuiaba
Cuiaba, the capital city of Mato Grosso, has many popular attractions and is a home to various indigenous species of Flora and Fauna. Located in the midst of diverse ecosystems, the rich Cuiaba culture is home to people from different races and ethnicities.
Despite having been under the colonial rule for many years, Cuiaba culture is greatly influenced by the native Indians and the Africans. As such, Cuiaba prides itself on having a highly rich cultural heritage and luring a large number of tourists every year.
In addition, this great ethnic mix of Cuiaba culture has given a unique flavor not only to its cuisines, but also to its music and social life. The native dances and music, along with the indigenous craft work are linked to the Catholic religion by tradition, especially to Saint Benedict. Cuiaba culture has been able to make a mark of its own on the world scene as many international dance groups (photo below), operas and orchestras along with plenty of cultural events often hold events at Cuiaba.
While on a visit to Cuiaba, one can stay at many hotels and lodges and take part in various events, especially the Carnaval, an important aspect of Cuiaba culture during the four days before Lent. It is a time when people revel and parade on the streets. It is a sight to behold and the spectators would be in for a treat during this time of the year. One can also rejoice during an “out-of-time” Carnival: Carnaval for a de época named Micarecuia, which takes place at Cuiaba. Besides, the Cuiaba culture offer ample opportunities to tourists to enjoy all year round.
The rich diversity of Cuiaba culture is voiced through its many wonderful museums and monuments namely, Memorial of Mato Grosso, Memorial Papa João Paulo II, Museum of the Image and Sound of Cuiabá, Museum of Rio Cuiabá and Municipal Aquarius, Museum of the Education and Teatro Maria of Arruda Müller, Museum of Sacred Art of Cuiabá, Historical and Geographical Institute of Mato Grosso and Museu Barão of Melgaço, Museum of the History of Mato Grosso, and Cine Teatro of Cuiabá and its Museum of the movies.
In spite of being in isolation for many decades, Cuiaba culture has been able to hold on to the Brazilian way of life and kept it alive in the face of modern times. As such, Cuiaba has emerged as one the favorite tourist’s destinations to get a taste of the authentic Brazilian culture. Cuiaba’s social life revolves around the tapered lanes of the old city. Handicraft lovers can explore the Casa do Artesão – “House of Handicraft” – display marvelous collection of ceramics, wood and leather like saddles and boots, which gives insight into the tribal art of Mato Grosso.
Also one must visit the many churches of Cuiaba showcasing amazing architecture and Cuiaba culture contrasting from old refurbished ones to modern ones. Additionally, the streets of Cuiaba come alive with vendors selling a variety of things ranging from local dishes to beautiful handicrafts. Hence, the tourists are always welcome in this cattle country, as the nature and culture of Cuiaba offer ample opportunities to its tourist to enjoy all year round.