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Pouso Alegre

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Things to do: shopping, nightlife, historic sites
Pouso Alegre is a municipality in southern region of Minas Gerais state, Brazil with a population of 142.000 (2013) The literacy rate is 94.2%. The area of the municipality is 541 km². It lies in the valley of the Sapucaí River.Cities that form boundaries with Pouso Alegre are: Cachoeira de Minas, Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Careaçu, São Sebastião da Bela Vista, Estiva, Congonhal, São João da Mata and Silvianópolis.The distance to the state capital, Belo Horizonte, is 385 km, to São Paulo 202 km, and to Rio de Janeiro 390 km. The city is 8 km. from the main interstate highway BR-391 (Rodovia Fernão Dias), which connects São Paulo to Belo Horizonte.Pouso Alegre is an industrial center with industries in the food sector, textiles, and metallurgy. Many national and multinational enterprises have their plants here. Their activities include food (Unilever), clothing (Searchco), cars (Usiparts - Johnson Control's - Sumidenso), pharmaceuticals (Uniao Quimica, Sanobiol), glass (Sobral Invicta), and many other small and medium enterprises.HistoryThe "Bandeirantes" explored all the Brazilian country looking for gold and other mineral resources. They were the first European explorers to arrive in the ancient Pouso Alegre region, in 1596.
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