Corumbá is the third largest city in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul and its main tourist destination. Located next to the border between Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, it is the gateway for the famous Pantanal region. It also boasts well-preserved historic buildings of colonial times, which bear witness to the town's past wealth from when it was one of the most important ports of South America.
Its inhabitants are called corumbaenses.
- 1 Corumbá Airport. Small airport, with air-conditioned halls, a café, and many electricity plugs. The boarding room opens one hour before the flight scheduled time.
The bus station is about seven blocks south of the city center. City bus line 106 passes right in front of the bus station (don't cross the road) on its way to the city center and finally the bus terminal.
From Campo Grande, bus company Andorinha operates frequent services day and night, 6.5h, for the steep price of R$ 125. Viação Siriema has been trying to challenge their historical monopoly selling tickets for R$ 70.
From São Paulo, Andorinha operates a daily service, 24h, R$ 311.
- 2 Bus station.
Going to Bolivia
In Corumbá, go to the city bus terminal, from where line 102 drops you at a 1 city bus stop a few meters away from the 2 Brazilian border post, where everybody is required to fill a form and get an exit stamp that is later demanded by Bolivian immigration. The border is usually busy, queues are long, make sure to enter the queue on the right side (entry/exit). This border post is officially open every day from 9:00-18:00 Brazilian time, but reality might be somewhat different.
From the Brazilian side, it's a 5min-walk across a bridge to the 3 Bolivian border post. It's a single queue for both entry/exit. Make sure to get a slip of paper with your name and entry stamp as this will be asked on your way out and is a common cause of trouble for travelers. This border post opens every day at 8 am Bolivian time (9 am in Brazil).
Behind the Bolivian border post building, many shops offer food, money exchange and other services needed by travelers. Counterfeit bills are widespread in Bolivia, but no need to get paranoid, just check them carefully, and politely ask to change any suspicious bill if you receive one. Brazilian Real get good rates from the border all the way to Santa Cruz de la Sierra, but further from that it's better to have Bolivianos or US Dollars.
Bargaining at the border taxi stand, the ride to Puerto Quijarro bus station is 7,50 Bs per car. Reportedly, walking a few meters further to the first junction (which also has a bank) already makes it possible to take a shared taxi for 5 Bs per person.
From the center of Corumbá, everything is walkable, with the exception of "O Cristo" which is on a hill that overlooks the city.
Public transit is organized in city bus lines that departure from the terminal, where it's possible to change lines at no extra cost. The bus fare is R$ 3,50 if paid by public transit card, or R$ 3,60 if paid in cash.
- 3 City bus terminal.
Of great use for travelers is city bus line 102 Terminal - Fronteira (border). Timetable as of September 2018: From city terminal to fronteira
- Mon-Sat: hourly 06:00-08:00, every half hour 08:30-10:30, hourly 11:00-14:00, every half hour 14:30-18:30 (Mon-Fri also 19:00)
- Sun: 06:25, 07:20, 08:15, 09:10, 10:05, 11:00, 11:55, 12:50, 13:45, 14:40, 15:35, 16:30, 17:25, 18:20
From fronteira to city terminal:
- Mon-Sat: hourly 06:30-08:30, every half hour 09:00-11:00, hourly 11:30-14:30, every half hour 15:00-19:00 (Mon-Fri also 19:30)
- Sun: 06:50, 07:45, 08:40, 09:35, 10:30, 11:25, 12:20, 13:15, 14:10, 15:05, 16:00, 16:55, 17:50, 18:45
A number of day tours and multi-day tours to the Pantanal can be booked. The easiest way to find these are to ask in a number of hotels, and it is advisable to shop around before making a confirmed decision.
- 1 O Cristo (The Christ). Similar in shape to the one in Rio de Janeiro, it sits on a hill with a nice view of town. From the city bus terminal, it's possible to catch a bus passing near to the steps that lead to the top.
Parks and open areas
- Ecoparque Cacimba da Saúde - Close to Casa do Massa Barro. Very popular with children.
- Parque Marina Gattas - Biggest leisure area insithe the city, with 6 ha.
- Praça/Jardim da Independência
- Praça da República
- Praça Generoso Ponce -
- Biblioteca do Colégio Salesiano de Santa Teresa
- Biblioteca Estadual Dr. Gabriel Vandoni de Barros
- Biblioteca Manoel de Barros
- Biblioteca Municipal Lobivar de Matos
- Academia Corumbaense de Letras
- Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, ☎ .
- Casa Rio Tinto
- Estação Natureza Pantanal
- Fundação de Cultura do Pantanal de Corumbá
- Instituto Luiz de Albuquerque
- Vasques & Sons House. Built in 1909 by Italian architect Martino Santa Lucci, is being restored by Monumenta Program to host the Pantanal Human Memorial, an area highlighting the history of man and Pantanal in Brazil and neighboring countries.
- Houses of the General Port. Protected by National Historic Landmark in 1992 and renovated in 2005.
- Christ the King of Pantanal statue (Cristo Rei do Pantanal), morro do Cruzeiro/hill of the Cross. 12 m tall image of Jesus Christ. -
- Commercial Building Wanderley, Baís & Cia. Built in 1876 and renovated in 2005 by the Monumenta project.
- Escadinha da Quinze (Fifteen Little Staircase)
- Northwest Rail Station (Estação Ferroviária da Noroeste).
- Coimbra Fort (Forte Coimbra). It's in an area of difficult access (only by plane or boat), and was built in 1775 to defend the Brazilian territory against Spanish invasions. It was also scene of battles at the time of the Paraguay War. Protected by National Historic Landmark in 1975.
- Forte Fortaleza
- Forte Junqueira
- Cunha and Cruz Slope (Ladeira Cunha e Cruz). Site of a bloody battle in June 13, 1867. A second slope, Jose Bonifacio, built in 1922, also connects the city center to the harbor.
- St. Philip Lookout (Mirante São Felipe). View of the entire city and Ladário. Site of the Christ the King of Pantanal statue.
- Luis de Albuquerque Building. Built between 1918 and 1922 by Dr. Miguel Carmo de Oliveira (engineer) and José Antonio Marinho (builder), was always destined to education. From 1980 passed will state administration. In 1984 was renamed the House of Culture Luís de Albuquerque. -
- Santuário Maria Auxiliadora (Mary Help Shrine).
- Via Crucis. The Via Sacra steps, showing the path of ordeal lived by Jesus Christ, having been sentenced by Pontius Pilate to death on the cross, are represented by 14 stations of the Via Crucis in the form of 72 statues placed to the right of the ascent of the hill of the Cross. The 14 stations depict the Passion and Death of Christ. Both the Christ the King and Sacred Way were scupteded by artist Xavier Izulina.
- Memorial do Homem Pantaneiro
- Museu da História do Homem do Pantanal
- Museu de História do Pantanal (em breve)
- Museu do Instituto Luiz Albuquerque
- Museu do Pantanal
- Igreja do Coração de Jesus
- Igreja Matriz N. S. da Candelária - República Square. Built in 1877, Features a sculpted Portuguese crown at the main altar.
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora Aparecida
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Caacupé - homage to the protecting saint of Paraguay.
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Fátima
- Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo
- Igreja de Santa Terezinha
- Igreja do Santuário de Maria Auxiliadora - Built in 1940, features works bu Spanish artist Antonio Burgos Villa.
- Igreja de São Benedito
- Igreja São João Bosco
- Primeira Igreja Batista de Corumbá, ☎ . R. Antônio Maria Coelho, 653 - Centro.
- Terceira Igreja Batista de Corumbá
- Ireja Batista De Corumbá, ☎ . R. Joaquim Murtinho, 715 - Centro.
- There are a number of community swimming pools which are often clean with changing areas open at the weekends. Entry is quite cheap.
You can buy some local crafts (artesanato). Being close to the Bolivian border, there is a duty-free zone imports and Bolivian crafts too.
- Sculptor's House (Casa do Escultora) - In the Izulina Arts Xavier building, there is a selection of handicrafts made from rock and concrete, ceramics and wooden items. It is open from 8AM to 5PM during the week.
- Craftsman's House (Casa do Artesão) - In the building that until 70 years ago functioned as the public jail, you can buy handicrafts in leather, wood and ceramics made by craftsmens of the region, native handicrafts. You can also find delicious homemade liqueurs. There is no record of the construction of the building, only of its first restoration (1893). The house was established in 1975 and the cells were transformed into market stalls.
- Adobe House (Casa do Massa Barro) - Created to stimulate ceramic arts. Its artists are adolescents who model the Pantanal flora and fauna in clay.
- Pantanal Gallery
Food in Corumbá is inexpensive. There are several pizza and barbecue restaurants around town.
- Espeto de Ouro , Av. Barão do Rio Branco, 121, 67 3231-1323. Churrascaria.
- Laço de Ouro, Rua Frei Mariano, 708, ☎ . Churrascaria.
- Rodeio, Rua 13 de Junho, 760, ☎ . Churrascaria.
- Paladar Pizzaria and Restaurant, R. Anônio Mª Coelho, 455, +55 67 3231 4581.
- Peixaria Bom Peixe, Rua 15 de Novembro, 164, ☎ . Fish market and restaurant.
- Peixaria do Lulu , Rua Dom Aquino, +55 67 3231-4936. Fish market and restaurant.
- Restaurante, Churrascaria e Pizzaria do Gaucho, Rua Frei Mariano, 879, ☎ . Center.
- Ceará, Rua Albuquerque, 516, ☎ . Fish market and restaurant.
- Miguéis, Rua Tiradentes, 775, ☎ . Fish market and restaurant.
- Restaurante Flutuante Caiçara , M. Cavassa, +55 67 3231-3126. Floating restaurant on the river.
- São Paulo Restaurant, Ed Rocha, 1118, +55 67 3231-4095
- Trivial, Rua 15 de Novembro, 188, ☎ .
The night can start in the Marechal Rondon Ave, filled with bars, beer places and restaurants. Don't miss a stop at the mirantes to see the moon reflected on the waters of the Paraguay River.
Bars and beer places
- Bar Tuiuiu, Rua D Corrêa Aquino, 2060, Center.
- Lousa Bar, Alta Santa Luzia, 56.
- Multicoffe Express Coffee , R. Delamare, 1190, +55 67 3231-7966.
- Pedro's Choperia and Espeteria, Rua Columbus, 1826. Center.
- Skinão Snacks, Rua Frei Mariano, 407, ☎ .
- Scorpios Ice Cream Parlor, R. Cuiabá, 983, +55 67 3231-4532.
- Titio´s Snacks, Rua 15 de Novembro, 907, ☎ .
- Boate Refúgio, Rua Campo Grande, 2146. Nossa Senhora de Fatima.
- Studio 1054, General Av. Rondon, 1,054, +55 67 3231-6056
- Wisqueria Pantanal, R. 7 of September, 492, +55 67 231 3822
- Albatroz, ☎ , fax: .
- Celebridade, Rua Domingos Saib, Nº 843 Cervejaria, +55 67 3231-9060
- Eldorado Pantaneiro, +55 67 3231-6369
- Juruanã, +55 67 3231-8522
- Kalypso, +55 67 3231-1460
- Kayamã, +55 67 3232-4048
- Netuno, +55 67 3231-6369
- Paola, +55 67 3231-5235
- Scorpions, +55 67 3231-3372
- Sort’s, 0800 67-5300
- Triton, +55 67 3231-2179
- Tuiuiú, +55 67 3231-2052
- Yacht Millennium, +55 67 3231-3372/3470
Hotels and inns
- Hotel Beira Rio, Rua Manoel Cavassa, 109, ☎ .
- Hotel City, Rua Cabral, 1031, ☎ .
- Hotel Gold Fish, Av. Rio Branco, 2799, ☎ . – saída para Ladário, 5 km.
- Hotel Lincoln, Rua 15 de Novembro, 205, ☎ . Centro.
- Hotel Nossa Senhora Aparecida, Rua Totico de Medeiros, 333, ☎ .
- International Palace Hotel, Rua Dom Aquino Corrêa, 1457, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Palace Hotel, Rua América, 936, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com.
- Santa Mônica Palace Hotel, Rua Antônio Maria Coelho, 345, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No visit to Brazil would be complete without a visit to the Pantanal, 150,000 km² of wetlands in the heart of South America. It is the largest wetland area in the world, known for its rich variety of unspoiled plant and wildlife. Visitors to the Pantanal will be struck by a vast number of species difficult to find anywhere else in the world. And because the landscape of the Pantanal is open - and not dense like the rainforest - wildlife is particularly easy to spot.