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The City of Juiz de Fora

Juiz de Fora is a mid-size city with circa 600,000 inhabitants located in the “Zona da Mata Mineira”, southeast of Minas Gerais. The city is known for its quality of life and is a national reference in sectors such as education, with more than twenty higher education institutions, including the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, and health, with a large network of medical and hospital care. Juiz de Fora is located among the major capitals of the Southeast: Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. 

Most of UFJF students live in the city, which allows an intense social life in Juiz de Fora. Entertainment options are widely available for all preferences: theaters, cultural centers, museums, cinemas, restaurants, bars and night clubs.

Climate

The altitude of 700 to 900 meters makes the weather in Juiz de Fora usually cooler and rainier than that in the lower surrounding areas. Juiz de Fora’s climate is classified as subtropical humid, with two distinct seasons, one hotter and rainier (October to April) and one cooler and drier (May to September). The average annual temperature is around 19°C (66°F), lowest 3ºC and highest 36ºC. It is very humid with average humidity of 80%.

Tourist Attractions 

Mariano Procópio Museum

With circa  50.000 pieces, it houses one of the biggest collections representing the historic and cultural life during the colonial and imperial times, as well as collections from Ancient Egypt, Greek culture and the Middle Age, which used to belong to Brazilian Emperor, Pedro II. The museum also has a botanic garden with a wide range of exotic and endangered plants.

Emperor’s Hill

Also known as Morro do Cristo, it is one of the main touristic points in Juiz de Fora. It offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city and whereabouts. The bus line 505 – Morro do Cristo takes visitors on Sundays and holidays to the Hill from the city center. 

Parque da Lajinha

A great opportunity to be in contact with nature and to know a bit about Brazilian Mata Atlântica. The park has more than 860,000 m2 with waterfalls, lake, cross-country trails and gardens. Besides, the visitor can walk through history, seeing two trolleys, the sun clock and the gazebo.

Shopping Areas

The city has 5 main malls: Independencia, Alameda, Mister Shopping, Santa Cruz e Free Marechal Shopping, where you can find clothes, electronic devices, food plaza, bookstores, cinemas and local stores.

Nightlife

The nightlife is concetrated in pubs and nightclubs throughout the city. A local tradition is drinking beer and eating snacks with friends. The most bohemian neighborhoods in the city are Alto dos Passos, São Mateus, São Pedro and Jardim Glória. There are also nightclubs such as Privilége, Cultural Bar, Mansão e Bar da Fábrica.

Craft beers

The history of craft beers in Juiz de Fora goes back to the period of the German colonization in the city, over 120 years ago. Recently, craft beer lovers started to brew, in small scale, high quality beers in the city. Currently there are 11 brewers open to the public.  

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