Ramiriquí is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of the Márquez Province. Ramiriquí borders the department capital Tunja in the north, in the south Chinavita and Zetaquirá, in the east Rondón and Ciénaga and in the west Chivatá, Tibaná and Jenesano.[1]

Municipality and town
Church of Ramiriquí
Church of Ramiriquí
Flag of Ramiriquí
Location of the municipality and town of Ramiriquí in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Ramiriquí in the Boyacá department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceMárquez Province
Founded21 December 1541
Founded byPedro Durán
 • MayorJosé Moisés Aguirre Sanabria
 • Municipality and town146.5 km2 (56.6 sq mi)
 • Urban
7.25 km2 (2.80 sq mi)
2,325 m (7,628 ft)
 • Municipality and town10,015
 • Density68/km2 (180/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website


Ramiriquí was named after the last cacique; Ramirique. In the Chibcha language of the Muisca Ramirraquí means "white earth". An alternative etymology is Ca-mi-quiquí which means "our strength over the grasslands".[2]


The area of Ramiriquí was inhabited by the Muisca before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense in the 1530s. The northern Muisca Confederation was ruled from nearby Hunza, present-day Tunja, after the mythological and brutal cacique Goranchacha moved the capital there from Ramiriquí. The first ruler of Hunza was Hunzahúa after whom the city was named.

Second-last ruler Quemuenchatocha died in Ramiriquí, after he was beaten by Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

The modern town was founded on December 21, 1541 by Spanish friar Pedro Durán.

Within the boundaries of Ramiriquí petroglyphs have been found.[3]


Main economical activities in Ramiriquí are agriculture (uchuva, tree tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, blackberries and maize), fishing and crafts.

Born in RamiriquiEdit



  1. ^ (in Spanish) Official website Ramiriquí - accessed 02-05-2016
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Ramiriquí - accessed 02-05-2016
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Petroglyphs in Ramiriquí - accessed 02-05-2016

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Coordinates: 5°24′N 73°20′W / 5.400°N 73.333°W / 5.400; -73.333