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Cuiabá

Cuiaba
Administration
Full nameCuiabá
Official nameThe Municipality of Cuiabá
Settlement typeMunicipality
CountryBrazil
RegionCentral-West
StateMato Grosso
FoundedJanuary 1. 1727
Government
MayorFrancisco Bello Galindo Filho (PSDB)
Geography
Total Area1365.7 sq mi (3538 km2)
Elevation541 ft (164.9 m)
Demography
Total Population542861 (2010)
Density (pop.)153.4/km2 (397.3/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-4 (UTC-4)
- Summer (DST)UTC-3 (UTC-3)
Postal Code78000-000
Area code+55 65

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Cuiabá (-ptkujaˈba) is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. It is located in the exact centre of South America and forms the metropolitan area of the state, along with the neighbouring town of Várzea Grande.

The name is of obscure South American Indian origin, reportedly meaning "arrow-fishing", and alludes to the Bororo custom of using arrows to fish. Another version says that there was an Indian tribe called Ykuiapá. Others say that, while a Portuguese man was once taking a bath in the river using a kind of plate made with half a coconut (named cuia), the stream carried it away, prompting the man to exclaim "Cuia ba" (something like "the cuia is gone"). Cuiabá is the largest centre for tourism, business, agribusiness, trade, and culture in Mato Grosso.

The new Marechal Rondon International Airport connects Cuiabá with many Brazilian cities and also operates some international flights.

The city is home to the Federal University of Mato Grosso.


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