Corumbá Portuguese pronunciation: [koɾũˈba] is a municipality in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, 425 km northwest of Campo Grande, the state's capital. It has a population of approximately 112,000 inhabitants, and its economy is based mainly on agriculture, animal husbandry, mineral extraction, and tourism, being the gateway to the biggest wetlands of the world, the Pantanal. Due to its border with Bolivia, Bolivians in Brazil constitute a significant portion of the city's population, forming a distinct cultural community.[2]

The Municipality of Corumbá
View Corumbá from the River Paraguay
View Corumbá from the River Paraguay
Flag of Corumbá
Official seal of Corumbá
Capital do Pantanal (in English: Capital of Pantanal); Cidade Branca (in English: White City)
Location in Mato Grosso do Sul
Location in Mato Grosso do Sul
Corumbá is located in Brazil
Coordinates: 19°00′32″S 57°39′10″W / 19.00889°S 57.65278°W / -19.00889; -57.65278
StateMato Grosso do Sul
MacroregionPantanais Sul-Mato-Grossenses
MicroregionBaixo Pantanal
 • MayorRuiter Cunha (PSDB)
 • Municipality64,960 km2 (25,080 sq mi)
 • Urban
21 km2 (8 sq mi)
118 m (387 ft)
 (2020 est.[1])
 • Municipality112,058
 • Density16/km2 (40/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−4 (AMT)
WebsiteCorumbá Official Website

Corumbá International Airport connects it to many Brazilian cities and also operates some international flights. There is also another airport serving Corumbá indirectly: the Puerto Suárez International Airport, 20 km away from the center of the city of Corumbá. The city is one of the few Brazilian cities to be served by two international airports

Corumbá is the westernmost and northernmost city in Mato Gosso do Sul, and it is by far the largest municipality by area in that state, composing 18% of its territory. It is also the eleventh largest municipality in Brazil and the largest outside Amazonas and Pará. The territory of Corumbá has an enclaved municipality within it: Ladário.

On September 20, 2021, the record high temperature of 43.9 °C (111.0 °F) was registered.[3] On June 22, 1933, the record low temperature of 0.8 °C (33.4 °F) was recorded.[4]


Corumbá, 1916
Bridge Rio Branco in Corumbá

Founded as a military outpost and colony in 1778 by the Spanish. It became strategically important with the opening of the Paraguay River to international trade after the Paraguayan War (1865–70). Nearby are the buttes of Mt Urucum, which contain vast mineral deposits. In 1878 it was raised to the category of city.

In 1938, the governments of Brazil and Bolivia agreed to begin consutrction on the Santa Cruz-Corumbá Railway, a section of the General Manuel Belgrano Railway that connected Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia with the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The railway was finished in 1955.[5]


The ecoregion Pantanal is the most important plain of all humid areas in South America. Its large territory meets in the Mato Grosso do Sul, is known as South Pantanal and the city of Corumbá serves as its entrance door. The Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul is recognized as one of the most exuberant and diversified natural reserves on the planet.

The great diversity of the fauna is one of its great attractions: caiman, anacondas, fish, capybaras, tapirs, hyacinth macaws, herons, and jabiru storks, among others. The Pantanal received the recognition as National Patrimony in the Constitution of 1988 and as Patrimony of the Humanity and Reserve of the Biosfera from UNESCO.

According to World Wide Fund for Nature (1999), there exist in the Pantanal 650 species of birds, 80 of mammals, 260 of fish and 50 of reptiles. It is a region of great importance for preservation of biodiversity, considered one of the biggest centers of reproduction of fauna of America. Already more than 263 species of fish, 122 species of mammals, 93 species of reptiles, 1,132 species of butterflies, 656 species of birds and 1,700 species of plants have been cataloged there.

Relations with BoliviaEdit

The municipality of Corumbá is bordered simultaneously by Bolivia and Paraguay, a situation that is known as tríplice border. Its urban area borders on the Bolivian cities of Puerto Suárez and Puerto Quijarro, which together make up a Free Zone for purchases of imported products and Bolivian crafts, the limit of which is the end of Ramon Gomes Road. The border with Paraguay is at the south extremity of the municipality in the agricultural zone. As of 2014, Bolivians are asked to prove if they have over the equivalent of $800 to receive a temporary visa.[6]

As a result, Corumbá has one of the highest proportions of Bolivian-Brazilians of any city. Ethnographic reports have found that Bolivians in the city are regularly subject to racial discrimination.[2]

Urbanization and demographic informationEdit

Corumbá consists of two areas. The lower area is where the old village of notable architecture lies, close to the port. The upper area, newer and much bigger, is chessboard-shaped. Its architecture is not like other old Brazilian cities, where the predominant architectural style is the colonial romantic Portuguese. Its architecture is Italian neoclassical, the same as central Asunción, the old suburbs of Buenos Aires, the towns of the countryside of the Uruguay, and the majority of the southwestern Rio Grande do Sul.

Its urbanization rate is very high, reaching around 90%. In recent years, due to a better quality of life, the population is aging and the fertility rate is decreasing.

Population growth
1970 48,600
1980 67,500
1991 88,360
1993 89,585
1996 89,083
2000 95,700
2004 99,441
2005 100,268
2006 101,089
2010 103,772
2013 107,347
2018 110,806

As of the 2010 census,[7] there were 103,772 people living in Corumbá. The racial composition of the city was:

Color/Race Number Percentage
Mixed 65,685 63.34%
White 29,000 27.96%
Black 7,367 7.10%
Asian 1,252 1.21%
Indigenous 398 0.38%

Sister citiesEdit


  1. ^ IBGE 2020
  2. ^ a b da Costa, Gustavo Villela Lima (April 2015). "Os Bolivianos Em Corumbá-MS: Conflitos E Relações De Poder Na Fronteira". Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso do Sul. 21: 35–63. doi:10.1590/0104-93132015v21n1p035.
  3. ^ "INMET :: Tempo". Archived from the original on 2020-08-06.
  4. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia - INMET".
  5. ^ Patric, Anthony (January 19, 1947). "Railway Across South America Nears Reality". Chicato Tribune. p. 22. Retrieved 2 May 2016. The strategical railroad linking the Brazilian Atlantic port of Santos to the Chilean Pacific port of Arica is nearing reality. Despite wartime shortages of material and equipment, the Bolivian Brazilian Commission in charge of the construction of the line has performed a near miracle...
  6. ^ le Blanc, Sophie (2016). "Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the City: Collaboration, Competition, and Survival in São Paulo" (PDF). University of Delaware: 95.
  7. ^ "Sistema IBGE de Recuperação Automática - SIDRA".

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