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Barra do Garças

Barra do Garças is a city with a population of 50,000 located in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, around 550 km (320 miles) far from the capital city of Cuiabá. It is situated on the border between Mato Grosso and Goiás states and due to a geodesic center settled down there.

A small but developed tourist city due to high agriculture exportation and a strong military presence, Barra do Garças also has a Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and is known as Rio de Janeiro do Oeste (Rio de Janeiro of the West). The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Barra do Garças.

Barra do Garças has many tourist attractions: a Discoporto, (UFOport), water parks, as well as hot springs, mountains, and fresh water beaches.

In August, an Italian wind orchestra performed there: the Orchestra Fiati Giovanile Italiana e Coro "I Music Piemonteis" conducted by Ugo Bairo, and his choir, conducted by Carmelo Luca Sambataro. There he performed his wind composition dedicated to the local government, The Mato Grosso March.

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