Juiz de Fora is a city in the southeast of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, close to the state border with Rio de Janeiro. According to the 2006 estimate the population was 509,125 inhabitants. The area of the municipality is 1,437 km².
The location is strategic for economic growth, between the three most important centers of southeast Brazil: Rio de Janeiro (189 km), Belo Horizonte (260 km) and São Paulo (486 km). Major highways connect Juiz de Fora with these three metropolitan areas, the most important being the BR 040, which connects Brasília with Rio de Janeiro, passing through Belo Horizonte.
Often referred to only as "JF", this traditional city is located in the deep Paraibuna river valley, a major tributary of the Paraíba do Sul, in the Paraíba do Sul basin, between the Órgãos and Mantiqueira ranges.
Juiz de Fora is a gay friendly city, homophobia is punished by law since 2000.
Juiz de Fora is on the way between Belo Horizonte (4.5 hours) and Rio de Janeiro (3 hours). São Paulo is approximately 8 hours away. The city is also a regional bus hub and has frequent links to nearby cities.
Buses leave from the main bus station (rodoviária) at Av. Brasil, 9501. (32) 3215-7696. The bus terminal is connected to the downtown area by taxis and frequent regular buses that drop passengers near the very central corner of Av. Getulio Vargas and Av. Rio Branco.
Juiz de Fora (IATA: JDF) / (ICAO: SBJF) has 2 daily flights to/from São Paulo (Guarulhos) by the Trip carrier, and daily flights to/from Belo Horizonte (Pampulha), Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) and São João Del Rey by TRIP , with connections to other cities. Many budget-conscious travellers, however, take a cheaper flight to Rio or Belo Horizonte then shift to buses to finish the trip.
The airport is located 6 km from the city center, at Av. Guadalajara s/nº. Phone (32) 3233-1089 (Fax:(32) 3690-8330)
The city center is compact and can be crossed on foot. For longer distances, the bus system is quite effective, with frequent and clean buses. Most lines converge to the central Rio Branco Avenue. Tickets cost R$ 2,05.
Taxis are also widely available and not expensive for larger city standards.
Osteria da Silvano, Rua Dom Viçoso, 177 - Alto dos Passos. Tel. 32 3215-4239
Wood House - Av. Dr. Paulo Japiassu Coelho, 260 - Cascatinha. Tel. 32 3236-1067
Shizen - Av. Valdir Pedro Monachesi, 601 - Aeroporto. Phone: 32 3232-1198
Giramondo Pizzeria - Rua Tenente Paulo Maria Delage 386 - Borboleta - "32" 3218-1450
Café Muzik - Rua Espírito Santo, 1.081 (take any bus to rua Halfeld and walk three blocks down the Rio Branco avenue). (32) 3213-9796. With table service and a dance floor, Wednesdays are Samba night, Fridays cater to the predominantly gay house music crowd and Sundays are for rockers
Bar da Fábrica, Praça Antônio Carlos, s/nº (Centro Cultural Bernardo Mascarenhas) - Centro - Phone: 32 3215-0910
Café Acústico, Av. dos Andradas, 197 - 2º floor - Centro. Phone: 32 3215-7518,