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Located in the middle region of Zona da Mata Mineira in the southwest of Minas Gerais, the city of Viçosa is well known for harboring a national and international reference center for research, education and extension, the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV).

The city is home to several other institutions of higher education, such as the Junction of Higher Education of Viçosa (Univiçosa), the College of Viçosa (FDV), the School for Higher Studies of Viçosa (Esuv) and other public and private initiatives for all levels of education, including the technical levels and post-graduation courses.

Its institutions, especially the UFV, attract people from different regions of Brazil and the world because of the scientific and academic events. 

The city has 299,418 km2, and according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) has approximately 73,000 inhabitants, of which 20,000 should match the floating population (mostly college students).

Viçosa is graced with a good geographic location, being relatively close to the capitals of the southeast such as Belo Horizonte (225 km), Rio de Janeiro (385 km), Vitória (410 km), São Paulo (650 km). 

To get here, you can find the ease of airports:

Airport Zona da Mata (Goianá Airport), 127 km from the city, between the Goianá (MG) and Rio Novo (MG);
Ubá Airport (MG), 72 km;
Juiz de Fora Airport (MG), 170 km;
Pampulha Airport in Belo Horizonte, 225 kilometers;
Tancredo Neves International Airport (Confins), the 269 km.

On the United Nations(ONU) Index of Human Municipal Development (IDHM) for Brazil, divulged in 2013, Viçosa ranked in the category of High Level of Development with an IDHM of 0,775 (longevity: 0,833; income: 0,758; education: 0, 696). The index is calculated based on the population’s income and life expectancy, and Viçosa currently occupies the 11th position in Minas Gerais.

Considering the legal aspect, the Municipal Law of Innovation brings the benefit of tribute incentives for businessmen that wish to settle in the region, bringing their innovative projects and generating technological development for the city. 

The city possesses an expressive number of companies with technological base constituting two important Local Productive Arrangements (APL’s); one of Biotechnology and the other of Information Technology, both represented by the ViçosaTec Association.

In recent years, Viçosa has excelled in the national scenery due to its scientific and technological aspects, arising from the various actions promoted that are related to innovation and entrepreneurship with technological base. The result of those actions caused the city of Viçosa to be recognized in a recent study conducted by the IBGE supported by the Brazilian Service of Support to Micro and Small Companies (Sebrae) and the magazine Pequenas Empresas & Grandes Negócios published by Globo, as one of the 45 cities in the country that offer the best conditions for the emergence of innovative businesses.

Accommodation

  • VIVANT Hotel

    The Vivant Suites Hotel & Residence is located near the campus of the Federal University of Viçosa and the main shopping avenue of the city. Besides the location, Vivant offers a privileged view of one of the main urban green areas of the city. Tel: (31) 3891 1999.

    Rua dos Estudantes, 75
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • ALPHA Hotel

    ALFA provides comfort and technology for an unforgettable experience for visitors in Viçosa, either for leisure or business. 

    Phone: +55 (31) 3899 8800.

    Praça Dr. Cristóvão L. de Carvalho, 109
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • Belvedere Hostel
    Rua Doutor Milton Bandeira, 259
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • Hotel CEE

    Located in the Federal University of Viçosa, the Hotel School and Extension Center (EEC) ensures easy access to banks, pharmacy, supermarket, coffee shops, library and all the buildings of the university campus. 

    Phone: +55 (31) 3899 2157

    Avenida P H Rolfs, s/n - Campus Universitário

  • Classe A Hotel

    Located in downtown, the Classe A Hotel is close to one of the country's leading educational centers, the UFV. It has easy access to Univiçosa, Esuv and neighboring towns.

    Phone: +55 (31) 3891 2821

    Rua Doutor Milton Bandeira, 376
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • Hotel Bougainvillea

    The Hotel Bougainvillea is located in downtown, opposite the bus station, only 500 meters away from the Federal University of Viçosa.

    Phone: +55 (31) 3892 4638

    Avenida Marechal Castelo Branco, 165
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • Príncipe Hotel

    The Príncipe Hotel is in the best location in the city of Viçosa-MG, close to everything to provide you with more comfort and safety. Close to major banks, steak houses, shopping malls, cafes and shops. It is at 150 meters from the main church, 300 meters of road and 400 meters from UFV.

    Phone: +55 (31) 3891 7117

    Rua Professor Sebastião Lopes de Carvalho, 323
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000

Restaurants

  • Restaurante e Empório Cedrus

    Phone: +55 (31) 3891-3609

    Rua Virgílio Val, 86
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • Pau Brasil Restaurante

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    Avenida Bueno Brandão, 400
    Centro, CEP: 36570-000
  • Sabor e Cia

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    Rua Floriano Peixoto, 275
    centro, CEP: 36570-000