Top things to do in Mato Grosso

Top Choice Brazilian in Chapada dos Guimarães

Morro dos Ventos

Head past the pride of wooden lions to find fantastic takes on regional cuisine: perfectly grilled picanha (steak) with a full entourage of sides, rice slow-cooked with chunks of pork, great slabs of grilled pintado…
Top Choice Fusion in Cuiabá

Mahalo

Inside a converted mansion, the city's big splurge is one of Brazil's top restaurants, thanks to the efforts of Parisian-trained chef Ariani Malouf. Go for the set weekday lunch (R$55 for two courses) or else choose…
Top Choice Bar in Cuiabá

Choppão

If you like your beer bem gelada (nice and cold) and it's another baking Cuiabá day, the Choppão is heaven. Ice-insulated tankards keep the chope (draft beer) glacial the whole way down. A wide range of traditional …
Brazilian in Bom Jardim

Rancho do Chapolín

Head up the side of the Serra Azul pousada to find this convivial open shed where long communal tables and an open kitchen set the scene for rustic, very tasty traditional farmhouse-style cooking served in deep meta…
Waterfall in Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Guimarães

Véu de Noiva

The impressive Véu de Noiva, an 86m free-falling waterfall, provides the park’s characteristic postcard moment. A small trail leads to the lookout, perched on top of rocks with the canyon below. This is one of Chapa…
Fusion in Chapada dos Guimarães

Bistrô da Mata

A romantic bistro with stupendous views, rough-hewn stone walls and an appealing outdoor terrace. The creative daily menu incorporates the likes of bacon-wrapped veal medallions with wild mushroom risotto and grille…
Museum in Cuiabá

Museu Rondon de Etnologia e Arqueologia

The small Museu Rondon has exhibits on indigenous culture and is well worth a visit to check out the ornate headdresses and weaponry. The museum is located on the grounds of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UF…
Seafood in Cuiabá

Lélis Peixaria

You'll be gobbling up river fish like a caiman at this quality rodízio (all-you-can-eat), which features several dozen preparations of pintado, pacu and other denizens of the local waterways, including caiman itself…
Bar in Cuiabá

Varadero

The romantic outdoor seating of this sizable bar and restaurant is a fine spot to be on a balmy Cuiabá night. There's good food here, but the real stars of the show are the excellent drinks, especially the elaborate…
Viewpoint in Chapada dos Guimarães

Mirante da Chapada

The mirante (lookout), marked with a modest concrete square, is the geographic center of South America. While the monument is underwhelming, the views are magnificent! Off to your right you can see the Cuiabá skylin…