Cuiabá is the Capital City of the State of Mato Grosso. It was founded in 1719 by Bandeirantes seeking gold and slaves. Cuiabá is a base for excursions into the Northern Pantanal and to the Chapada dos Guimarães, the Guimarães Tableland. Second only to the Pantanal, the Guimarães Tablelands are another leading attraction. These rocky highlands are 800 meters above sea level and 64 km Northeast from Cuiabá.