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Cuiabá River

Main tributary of the Paraguay River

The basin of the Cuiabá River, begins in the region of the municipality of Nobres, more abundant due to the affluence of the Manso River, is now called the Cuiabá River, with an average width of 150m, its main tributaries are the Ribeirão Pari and the Manso, São Lourenço and Coxipó.


The Coxipó River passes through the entire municipality of Cuiabá, with its head in the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, it meets the Cuiabá River in the community of São Gonçalo Beira-Rio, which follows its destination on the way to the Paraguai and Pantanal Rivers.

Fish of the Region

In Mato Grosso there is a great variety of fish. They are of the order (Ostariophysi) that are characterized by having the swim bladder divided into two parts, with a chain of small bones that connect to the hearing aid.

The best known fish used by Mato Grossense cuisine are: Chacara and Pintado are made of leather. And the scales are Pacu, Piraputanga, Piranha, Dourado, among others.


The basin still has several environmental protection zones - the Pantanal Mato-grossense National Park, located near the mouth of the Cuiabá River; the Chapada dos Guimarães National Park, located in the upper reaches of the basin, and an Environmental Protection Area (APA).


The municipality of Cuiabá stands out in water resources with its various rivers, streams and streams forming the Cuiabá River Basin that circulates throughout the capital, has the Cuiabá River as an important and main tributary of the Paraguay River basin, part of the Platina basin.


The Cuiabá River is the main one in the formation of the Hydrographic Basin, it is subdivided into Upper, Middle and Lower Cuiabá, its sources are on the slopes of Serra Azul, municipality of Rosário Oeste, at the junction of the so-called Cuiabá da Larga and Cuiabá Bonito rivers.  


Along its 828 km of extension, Rio has an area of 16,000ha of Permanent Preservation (APP). The Cuiabá River Basin is important in the formation of the Pantanal in Mato Grosso and for other parts of Brazil and the world, but, above all in a regional context, it is very important for the survival of about 75% of the population of the state of Mato Grosso. .

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