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Cerinza is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, and part of the Tundama Province subregion. Cerinza borders Belén in the north, Encino, Santander in the west, Santa Rosa de Viterbo in the south and Floresta and Betéitiva in the east.[2]

Municipality and town
Church of Cerinza
Church of Cerinza
Flag of Cerinza
Location of the municipality and town of Cerinza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Cerinza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Tundama Province
Founded 7 January 1554
Founded by Melchor Vanegas
 • Mayor Luis Carlos Chía
 • Municipality and town 61.63 km2 (23.80 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.41 km2 (0.16 sq mi)
Elevation 2,750 m (9,020 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 3,762
 • Density 61/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,547
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website



Before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense, the area of Cerinza was ruled by the cacique of Tundama, present-day Duitama. The cacicazgo was part of the Muisca Confederation, the former country in the central highlands of the Colombian Andes. The Muisca spoke Chibcha and in that language Cerinza means "my throat". The village was named after the cacique with the same name.[3]

Modern Cerinza was founded on 7 January 1554 by Melchor Vanegas, after conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada entered the village in 1538.


Main economical activities in Cerinza are livestock farming and agriculture (potatoes, maize, peas and beans).[2]



  1. ^ (in Spanish) DANE population statistics
  2. ^ a b (in Spanish) Official website Cerinza - accessed 02-05-2016
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Cerinza - accessed 02-05-2016

Coordinates: 6°00′N 72°55′W / 6.000°N 72.917°W / 6.000; -72.917