Ipatinga is a city and municipality located in eastern Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Ipatinga is located at the site where the Piracicaba River flows into the Doce River, 217 km. from the state capital of Belo Horizonte. It is served by highway and railroad connections (Minas-Vità³ria). There is also a medium sized airport, Usiminas Airport in the area of the neighbor city Santana do Paraàso, that serves the Steel Valley and can receive small and medium sized planes, including jets like the Boeing 737 and the Fokker 100.