Chinácota is a small town and municipality located in the Department of Norte de Santander in Colombia, South America. This department is located in the north-eastern region of the country, near the border with Venezuela. Chinácota has a population of approximately 15,000 people (town plus surroundings) according to the 2005 Colombian census.

View of Chinácota
View of Chinácota
Flag of Chinácota
Official seal of Chinácota
Location of the municipality and town of Chinácota in the Norte de Santander Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Chinácota in the Norte de Santander Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentNorte de Santander Department
 • Land166.64 km2 (64.34 sq mi)
1,175 m (3,855 ft)
 • Municipality16,348
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)

The municipality of Chinácota extends over 167 square kilometers and is located at an approximate altitude of 1,175 meters over the sea level. The average temperature range is between 12 and 22 degrees Celsius.

The urban area of Chinácota comprises about 29 neighborhoods and includes a residential count of approximately 2,600 houses. Chinácota was expected to grow by about 66% by 2011.[citation needed]


Chinacota was founded in 1523 by the conquistador Don Pedro de Orsua and Don Ortun Velasco. When the conquistador Don Pedro de Ursula and her partner Don Ortun Velazco were entrusted to reduce Indians Bocarema, Chinaquillo, Bochaga and Bateca who in turn founded some populations, among them that of St. John the Baptist in today site called " Pueblo - straw " belonging to the nation of the chitareros, the name given by the Spaniards to the natives of the valleys of Bochalema, Chinácota and the Holy Spirit because" their entertainment and other revelries of the executed with chicaras totumo (chítaro in single speech) reeds and other primitive tools.[1]


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Coordinates: 7°37′N 72°36′W / 7.617°N 72.600°W / 7.617; -72.600