Meta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmeta]) is a department of Colombia. It is close to the geographic center of the country, to the east of the Andean mountains. A large portion of the department, which is also crossed by the Meta River, is covered by a grassland plain known as the Llanos. Its capital is Villavicencio. The department has a monument placed in the very geographic centre of Colombia, at a place known as Alto de Menegua, a few kilometers from Puerto López.

Department of Meta

Departamento del Meta
Flag of Department of Meta
Coat of arms of Department of Meta
Coat of arms
Llano Grande de Colombia y Meta
Anthem: Himno de Meta (Colombia)
Meta shown in red
Meta shown in red
Topography of the department
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 4°9′N 73°38′W / 4.150°N 73.633°W / 4.150; -73.633Coordinates: 4°9′N 73°38′W / 4.150°N 73.633°W / 4.150; -73.633
Country Colombia
RegionOrinoquía Region
EstablishedJuly 1, 1960
 • GovernorMarcela Amaya (2016-2019)
 • Total85,635 km2 (33,064 sq mi)
Area rank4th
 • Total1,039,722
 • Rank19th
 • Density12/km2 (31/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-MET
HDI (2017)0.761[2]
high · 6th
1973 242,664—    
1985 474,046+95.4%
1993 618,427+30.5%
2005 783,168+26.6%
2018 1,039,722+32.8%

Achagua, which is similar to Piapoco, is an Indigenous language spoken by a minority in the department.


Ariari Villavicencio Piedemonte Meta River
El Castillo • El Dorado • Fuente de Oro • Granada • La Uribe • Lejanías • Mapiripán • Mesetas • Puerto Concordia • Puerto Lleras • Puerto Rico • San Juan de Arama • Vista Hermosa
Acacías • Barranca de Upía • Castilla la Nueva • Cubarral • Cumaral • El Calvario • Guamal • Restrepo • San Carlos de Guaroa • San Juanito • San Martín
Cabuyaro • La Macarena • Puerto Gaitán • Puerto López


  1. ^ "DANE". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Reloj de Población". DANE. Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadísitica. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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