Boavita is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of the Northern Boyacá Province. The urban centre of Boavita is situated in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes at an altitude of 2,114 metres (6,936 ft) and a distance of 184 kilometres (114 mi) from the department capital Tunja. The municipality borders Capitanejo, Santander, and the Nevado River in the north, San Mateo and La Uvita in the east, Tipacoque and Soatá in the west and Susacón in the south.[1]

Boavita
Municipality and town
Church of Boavita
Church of Boavita
Flag of Boavita
Official seal of Boavita
Location of the municipality and town of Boavita in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Boavita in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceNorthern Boyacá Province
Founded9 February 1613
Government
 • MayorFabio Figueroa Jiménez
(2020-2023)
Area
 • Municipality and town159 km2 (61 sq mi)
Elevation
2,114 m (6,936 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town7,079
 • Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
 • Urban
2,929
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

EtymologyEdit

The name of Boavita is derived from Chibcha and doesn't mean "good life", yet "Point on the hill worshipping the Sun" or "Gate of the Sun".[1][2]

HistoryEdit

The area of modern Boavita in the times before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca was inhabited by a tribe called "Guavitas", pertaining to the Laches and Muisca. It was ruled by a cacique who was loyal to the Tundama of Tundama.[1]

Modern Boavita was founded on February 9, 1613, by Sr. Hugarte.[1]

EconomyEdit

Main economical activities of Boavita are agriculture, livestock farming and mining. Main agricultural products cultivated are dates, sugarcane, yuca, coffee, cotton, potatoes, maize, chick peas, beans, peas, wheat and arracacha. The mining activities exist of carbon exploitation.[1]

GalleryEdit

Panorama of Boavita

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e (in Spanish) Official website Boavita
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Boavita - Excelsio.net

Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°35′W / 6.333°N 72.583°W / 6.333; -72.583