Tourism and Nature in Coxim MS

Coxim belongs to the central-western region of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Originally, the Caypós Indians lived in Coxim and the city was known by the Indians as “Portal Monçoeiro do Pantanal”, “Capital do Peixe” and “Terra do Pé-de-cedro”.

The city of Coxim is situated on the northern edge of the Upper Paraguay Basin.

Coxim is one of the country’s main fishing spots, attracting thousands of tourists and amateur fishermen who seek out the pristine waters of the Taquari, Coxim, Jauru and Piqueri rivers.

The city is a regional economic and tourist center and is nationally known for being home to a number of scenic icons, such as the Salto and Palmeiras waterfalls and the Taquari and Coxim rivers.

Coxim is the largest municipality in the northern region of Mato Grosso do Sul, and also the most populous.

map of the cities of the state of mato grosso do sul
map of the cities of the state of mato grosso do sul

About 250 km north of Campo Grande, Coxim has re-emerged on the tourist scene in Mato Grosso do Sul. The destination is still famous for its memorable fishing trips, but the focus is now on contemplating nature and the arts.

Cidade de Coxim MS
Cidade de Coxim MS

Access is via the BR-163 highway, with a long stretch of duplicated lanes, interspersed with three tolls and good stops. There are options for tours, accommodation and delicious dishes (especially fish) for all tastes and budgets.

The municipality of Coxim is strategically located between the Cerrado biome to the east and the Pantanal biome to the west. The city was founded at the meeting of the Coxim River and the Taquari River, one of the main formers of the Pantanal.

It was founded in 1729 as a trading post for the Monções, river expeditions that traveled more than 3,000 km from the Captaincy of São Paulo to the town of Cuiabá, where the discovery of gold in 1719 sparked an intense migratory movement for more than a century, contributing to the consolidation of Brazil’s western frontier.

Coxim has a large number of hotels, ranches and inns. The city is one of Brazil’s main fishing spots;

Main tourist attractions of Coxim MS

Map of Coxim MS
Map of Coxim MS
  1. Zacarias Mourão Square
  2. Christ the Redeemer of the Pantanal
  3. Pantanal Theme Park
  4. Noêmia Serrou Camy Square (Praça do Flutuante)
  5. Archaeological and Historical Museum of Coxim
  6. Henrique de Melo Spengler Memorial
  7. Balneário 13 de Maio
  8. Balneário Canuto
  9. Palmeiras Waterfall
  10. Letreiro das Monções
  11. Canoe trips
  12. Fishing

The Taquari River is the largest tributary of the Brazilian Pantanal, which means that Coxim is the right place to discover all the beauties of this incredible biome.

When you experience Tourism and Nature in Coxim, you’ll find boat and chalana rides, fauna and flora spotting, waterfall bathing, visits to archaeological sites, museums and the natural attractions of a riverside town that loves to welcome visitors

1. Zacarias Mourão Square

This public square is a symbol of Coxim and is home to the famous Pé de Cedro (Cedar Tree) planted by singer and songwriter Zacarias Mourão, a famous exponent of Coxinense art who made the town a national name with his song Pé de Cedro (Cedar Tree).

Praça Zacarias Mourão em Coxim MS
Praça Zacarias Mourão em Coxim MS

Revitalized between 2021/21, today the square is impeccably decorated and suitable for public use, leisure and cultural activities in Coxim.

2. Christ the Redeemer of the Pantanal

Located at the beginning of the Pantanal road, near UFMS, the 20-meter-high statue extends its arms towards the city. There are more than 400 steps to reach the top and a magnificent view of Coxim bathed by the Taquari River and exuberant nature.

Christ the Redeemer of the Pantanal in Coxim MS
Christ the Redeemer of the Pantanal in Coxim MS

A place of religious devotion and contemplation, with a 20m-high replica of the monument in Rio de Janeiro, built on the initiative of two businessmen friends from the city who are devotees of Christianity.

It is located on a hill at the beginning of the Pantaneira road. A staircase of more than 430 steps leads to the point where Christ welcomes visitors with open arms and blesses the city of Coxim.

Access is free and the only requests from the owners are that visitors keep the place clean and respect nature. There are also trails on the hill that lead to viewpoints of the Taquari River at sunset. Those who choose the trails should do so accompanied by local guides.

3. Pantanal Theme Park

The Pantanal Theme Park, designed by artist José Alves Branco Correa, is an open-air clay book telling part of the history of Coxim, the Midwest and colonial Brazil.

Pantanal Theme Park in Coxim MS
Pantanal Theme Park in Coxim MS

Among statues, sculptures, busts and works in clay and concrete, amid gardens and trees typical of the Pantanal and Cerrado biomes, there are rooms richly decorated with ceramic, bronze and porcelain objects and antiques, among others. Av. Márcio Lima Nantes, 1020 – Vila Santa Marta.

4. Noêmia Serrou Camy Square (Praça do Flutuante)

Praça Noêmia Serrou Camy (a notable citizen of Coxin) is also called Praça do Flutuante. It is located on the central edge of the municipality on the banks of the Taquari River. It is about 350 meters long, has a playground, benches, lush landscaping and plenty of shade to relax in.

Completely renovated and illuminated between 2020 and 2021, the square has a building constructed over the river. It is currently home to a haute cuisine restaurant called Ahau, which serves dishes ranging from Pantanal fish to seafood.

For birdwatchers, arriving at the square at dawn means coming across an orchestra of a thousand birds singing, an unforgettable walk for nature lovers.

5. Coxim Archaeological and Historical Museum – MAHC

Located next to the Pé de Cedro square in the center of Coxim, the MAHC plays an important role in preserving a collection that tells the story of the city, the region and the people of Coxinense.

Archaeological and Historical Museum of Coxim MS
Archaeological and Historical Museum of Coxim MS

Among the rarities in the collection are pieces ranging from prehistory to the end of the 20th century, such as fossils thousands of years old, lithic artifacts, funerary urns, objects from the old diamond mining, among others that preserve part of the identity of the people of Coxinense. It is free to visit.

6. Henrique de Melo Spengler Memorial – MHMS

Coxim’s architectural and historical heritage was the last residence of historian and artist Henrique de Melo Spengler, who dedicated his life to the appreciation of the culture and identity of the people of southern Mato Grosso.

In the collection you can find works depicting Native American culture, especially that of the Kadiwéu people, remnants of the Mbayá-Guaicuru ethnic group, the monsoon culture, responsible for colonization in central western Brazil, as well as works of art by the artist himself.

7. Balneario 13 de Maio

About 10 km from the city center, the Balneário is bathed by the fortaleza stream, with crystal-clear waters, a pleasant option for enjoying nature while bathing in a waterfall.

Balneário 13 de maio is one of the main attractions in Coxim.
Balneário 13 de maio is one of the main attractions in Coxim.

The structure has a camping area, toilets, a restaurant and rooms for accommodation.

8. Balneário Canuto

Located 10 km from Coxim, Balneário Canuto has a guesthouse, restaurant, camping and motor home area, running water pool, ecological trails for observing fauna and flora and buoy-crossing.

9. Palmeiras Waterfall

One of Coxim’s most revered postcards, where the Taquari River spreads over a wide stretch in steps forming a beautiful landscape, where the phenomenon of fish migration in their breeding season – the piracema – can be admired with the leaps of beautiful specimens of piaus, piraputangas and even dorado.

Over the decades, generations of fishermen from all over Brazil have passed through the area, and the place was featured in the pages of Veja magazine in 1979, showing the abundance of fishing resources at the time.

The site offers accommodation, a camping area, a fishing guide service, a bar and a restaurant. It is about 30km from the city of Coxim on the BR-163 highway, heading north.

10. Monções sign

A natural slab on the left bank of the Coxim river with inscriptions left by the Monções navigators of the 19th century, on which they wrote the date and names of their expeditions from the time of the Empire.

Letreiro das Monções em Coxim MS
Letreiro das Monções em Coxim MS

The historic site is protected by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) and is about two hours by boat up the Coxim River, at the Quatro Pé waterfall.

11. Canoe trips in Coxim MS

Canoe trips are booming in Coxim, on the Taquari-Mirim (Riozinho) and Taquari rivers, in single and double kayaks.

Canoe trips in Coxim MS
Canoe trips in Coxim MS

The tours vary in length and are fun for the whole family. For those who enjoy more “hardcore” adventures, there are two-day and one-night expeditions along the Jauru and Coxim rivers, with camping in places with amazing scenery.

Guides accompany the tourists and give them all the safety advice, providing support throughout the tours, including support boats.

12. Fishing

There are still plenty of fish in the region’s rivers, but you’ll need a good pilot guide because fishing and navigating these rivers full of rocks and sandbanks is only for the locals, as well as depending on the right season, good weather, the right bait and a few tricks. Don’t forget that life jackets are compulsory on motorized boats.

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