28 800 inhabitants
Located on the border between the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Itatiaia stands out for its exuberant nature, attracting thousands of tourists throughout the year, and for its industrial profile, with several multinational companies established in the city. With an estimated population of 30,000 inhabitants, the Municipality of the State of Rio de Janeiro has an area of 225.54 km² divided into four regions: central, Penedo, Maromba and Maringá.
The average annual temperature varies between 15 and 27 degrees Celsius, reaching 5 degrees Celsius in winter and down to negative temperatures in Pico das Agulhas Negras. The urban center's altitude is 505 meters; however, it reaches 2,791.55 meters in Pico das Agulhas Negras, which is part of the Itatiaia National Park, the first park created in the country and greatly sought after by birdwatchers, researchers and scientists who develop studies in this beautiful area of ecological preservation.
Tourists discover mountains, with great climbing sites and wet forests with waterfalls, a mild climate and a diverse gastronomy. In addition to the National Park, Itatiaia also has other tourist spots, such as the Funil Hydroelectric Plant, owned by the state company Furnas Centrais Elétricas, the Finnish Colony of Penedo and the villages of Maromba and Maringá.
In the Rio-São Paulo route, the city is located between the main financial capitals of Brazil, it is served by an extensive road network and, in addition, it is next to the main highway in Brazil, President Dutra. Today, there is an industrial complex in the city, which includes multinational companies from various segments, such as Michelin, DHL, Jaguar, Land Rover, Hyundai Heavy Industries Brasil, IBRAME, Procter&Gamble, Group Seb, Biochimico, etc.
Itatiaia was ranked as one of the winners of the fDi’s American Cities of the Future 2017/18. Top 10 Micro American cities of the future 2017/18 – Cost effectiveness.