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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.
Cuiaba is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. It is located in the exact centre of South America and is in conurbation with the neighbouring town of Varzea Grande. The name is of obscure Indian origin, reportedly meaning arrow-fishing and alludes to the Bororo custom of using arrows to fish. Cuiaba was founded on January 1, 1727 by Rodrigo Cesar de Menezes. It was given township status in 1818 and became the capital in 1835.
Cuiaba is drained by the river of the same name, belonging to the Paraguay River basin. Cuiaba is also exactly on the point where waters either flow northward or southward. Many other rivers and brooks flow around or close to Cuiaba. The climate is tropical, hot and dry. Cuiaba is in the transition between the Brazilian Uplands and the Amazon Basin. Local culture is very rich, due to the multiple influences of many peoples, like the Portuguese, the blacks and the Indians. Cuiaba has got an interesting indian-influenced cuisine, typical dances, craftwork and music.

Cuiaba is the kind of town you daydream about. It is an attractive city with natural beauty and historical places, while traveling in Central America.

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