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.
|Municipality and town|
Church of Cerinza
Location of the municipality and town of Cerinza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
|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)|
|• Municipality and town||3,762|
|• Density||61/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)|
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.