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Central West (Portuguese: Região Centro-Oeste) is the only landlocked Brazilian region. The region offers excellent opportunities for eco-tourism activities such as exploring caves, rappelling down waterfalls or just trekking through the cerrado (an ecosystem similar, in some ways, to the savannah). It is also well known for the Pantanal, the world's largest wetland, close to the Brazil's western border.


Map of Central West (Brazil)
Map of Central West (Brazil)
Maytrea Garden, in Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
A landscape of plateaus, colonial-era historic districts, and well-preserved, ecologically diverse cerrado savannahs.
  Mato Grosso
Sandstone mountains, birdwatching, unusual cave formations, and a chunk of the Pantanal wetland.
  Distrito Federal
The Brazilian federal district (cut out of the surrounding state of Goiás), basically consisting of the capital Brasília and its metro area.
  Mato Grosso do Sul
Incredible nature, including the vast wetland of the Pantanal, underwater caves for diving, beautiful landscapes, and diverse wildlife.


Snorkeling in the clear waters near Bonito
  • 1 Brasília - Brazil's surreal planned capital
  • 2 Bonito - center of the so-called "Caribbean of the Central West", an area with incredible clear blue ponds and rivers
  • 3 Caldas Novas - the world's largest hydrothermal complex
  • 4 Campo Grande - capital of Mato Grosso do Sul and southern gateway to the Pantanal
  • 5 Corumbá - western gateway to the Pantanal, near the border with Bolivia
  • 6 Cuiabá - capital of Mato Grosso and northern gateway to the Pantanal
  • 7 Goiânia - capital of Goiás, a modern city planned during the art-deco era
  • 8 Cidade de Goiás - historic city famous for its colonial architecture and religious events
  • 9 Pirenopolis - old colonial city with cobblestone streets and waterfalls

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Véu de Noiva Falls in Chapada dos Guimarães National Park


The region's economic activity is on the rise and based on agriculture and cattle raising, as well as commerce and intense government activity in Brasilia.

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Cities with airports receiving the most domestic flights are Brasília, Goiânia, Cuiabá, Corumbá, and Campo Grande.

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Major Brazilian federal highways coming in from other regions are:

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