La Uvita is a town and municipality in the Northern Boyacá Province, part of the Colombian Department of Boyacá. The urban centre is located at an altitude of 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. La Uvita borders San Mateo in the north, El Cocuy and Chita in the east, Chita and Jericó in the south and Boavita in the west.[1]

La Uvita
Municipality and town
Central square of La Uvita
Central square of La Uvita
Flag of La Uvita
Location of the municipality and town of La Uvita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of La Uvita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°30′W / 6.333°N 72.500°W / 6.333; -72.500Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°30′W / 6.333°N 72.500°W / 6.333; -72.500
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceNorthern Boyacá Province
Founded24 December 1758
Founded byVicente Ferrer del Río de Loza
Government
 • MayorRonald Gerardo Cordero Jaime
(2020-2023)
Elevation
2,700 m (8,900 ft)
Population
 (2015)
 • Municipality and town2,523
 • Urban
1,018
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

EtymologyEdit

La Uvita is derived from Chibcha, meaning "meadow of the fertile farmlands".[1]

HistoryEdit

La Uvita was founded by Vicente Ferrer del Río de Loza on December 24, 1758, as a place for the colonial inhabitants of Boavita to flee the indigenous people in Boavita.[1]

EconomyEdit

Main economic activity of La Uvita is the manufacturing of cheese. It also serves as a touristic entry to the El Cocuy National Park.[1]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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