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Gachetá is a municipality and town of Colombia, capital of the Guavio Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca. The urban centre of Gachetá is situated at an altitude of 1,745 metres (5,725 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. The municipality borders Machetá and Manta in the north, the department of Boyacá and Ubalá in the east, Gama and Junín in the south and Guatavita in the west.[1]

Gachetá
Municipality and town
Church of Gachetá
Church of Gachetá
Flag of Gachetá
Flag
Official seal of Gachetá
Seal
Etymology: Muysccubun: "Behind our farmfields"
Location of the municipality and town of Gachetá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Gachetá in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Gachetá is located in Colombia
Gachetá
Gachetá
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°49′03.2″N 73°38′09.7″W / 4.817556°N 73.636028°W / 4.817556; -73.636028Coordinates: 4°49′03.2″N 73°38′09.7″W / 4.817556°N 73.636028°W / 4.817556; -73.636028
Country  Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Guavio Province
Founded 2 April 1593
Founded by Miguel de Ibarra
Government
 • Mayor Julio Enrique Aguilera Jiménez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 262.16 km2 (101.22 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi)
Elevation 1,745 m (5,725 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 11,086
 • Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,689
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

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EtymologyEdit

The name Gachetá comes from Muysccubun and means "behind our farmfields".[1]

HistoryEdit

Gachetá before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca, organised in their loose Muisca Confederation. Gachetá was part of the domains of the cacique of Guatavita.

Modern Gachetá was founded on April 2, 1593 by Miguel de Ibarra.[1]

EconomyEdit

Main economical activity of Gachetá is agriculture, with main products coffee, maize, yuca, arracacha, potatoes, beans, sugarcane and blackberries cultivated.[1]

TriviaEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Gachetá