Honda, Tolima

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Honda is a town and municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia. The population of the municipality was 23,616 as of the census 2018.[1] Along with Líbano, Honda is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Líbano-Honda. The main industries of Honda are tourism, fishing, and cattle-ranching.

Municipality and town
Panorama view of Honda
Panorama view of Honda
Flag of Honda
Official seal of Honda
"The Bridge City"
Location of the municipality and town of Honda in Tolima Department.
Location of the municipality and town of Honda in Tolima Department.
Country Colombia
 • MayorAlberto Arce Camacho
 • Total309 km2 (119 sq mi)
229 m (751 ft)
 (Census 2018[1])
 • Total23,616
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-5

Toponymy (name origin)Edit

Honda takes its name from the Ondaimas, the indigenous people that inhabited the banks of the Magdalena river and the region where the city lies today.

Honda is called "the City of Bridges" with more than 40 of them on the rivers Magdalena, Gualí, Guarinó, and Quebrada Seca. It is also called the "City of Peace" as it escaped most of the violence of the 1950s.[2]


Honda and the Magdalena in the foreground

Honda was founded on August 24, 1539 by Francisco Nuñez Pedroso. The "golden age" of the city was between 1850 and 1910 when the Magdalena river constituted the only means of transportation between the Caribbean coast and the inland city of Bogotá. The city was the main river port of the country and all the imported goods and articles arrived in Bogotá through the port of Honda.


  1. ^ a b "Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2018" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. ^ "HONDA: "Ciudad de la Paz", "Ciudad de los Puentes"" (in Spanish). Informativo Colombiano. Retrieved 10 August 2016.

Coordinates: 5°12′15″N 74°44′30″W / 5.20417°N 74.74167°W / 5.20417; -74.74167