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Cuítiva is a town and municipality in the Sugamuxi Province, part of the Colombian department of Boyacá. The urban centre is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at an altitude of 2,750 metres (9,020 ft) and a distance of 85 kilometres (53 mi) from the department capital Tunja. The altitudes of the municipality range from 2,727 metres (8,947 ft) to 3,200 metres (10,500 ft) and it borders Iza in the north, Sogamoso in the east, Aquitania in the west and Tota in the south.[1]

Municipality and town
Church of Cuítiva
Church of Cuítiva
Flag of Cuítiva
Location of the municipality and town of Cuítiva in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Cuítiva in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Sugamuxi Province
Founded 19 January 1550
Founded by Juan de San Martín
 • Mayor Leonardo Alfonso López
 • Municipality and town 43 km2 (17 sq mi)
 • Urban 3.6 km2 (1.4 sq mi)
Elevation 2,750 m (9,020 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 1,906
 • Density 44/km2 (110/sq mi)
 • Urban 218
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website



The name Cuítiva is derived from Muysccubun and means "Similarity to the chief".[2]


The area of Cuítiva before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca, organized in their loose Muisca Confederation. Nearby iraca of Sugamuxi ruled over Cuítiva.

Modern Cuítiva was founded by Juan de San Martín on January 19, 1550.[1]

On the central square a monument honouring messenger god in the religion of the Muisca; Bochica has been erected.


Main economical activities of Cuítiva are agriculture; potatoes, peas, wheat, maize and Welsh onions and livestock farming.[1]



  1. ^ a b c (in Spanish) Official website Cuítiva
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Cuítiva -

Coordinates: 5°35′N 72°58′W / 5.583°N 72.967°W / 5.583; -72.967