San Mateo, Boyacá

San Mateo 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 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. San Mateo borders Guacamayas, Panqueba and El Cocuy in the east, Boavita in the west, Macaravita, Santander in the north and La Uvita in the south.[2]

San Mateo
Municipality and town
View of San Mateo
View of San Mateo
Flag of San Mateo
Official seal of San Mateo
Location of the municipality and town of San Mateo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of San Mateo in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 6°24′9″N 72°33′18″W / 6.40250°N 72.55500°W / 6.40250; -72.55500Coordinates: 6°24′9″N 72°33′18″W / 6.40250°N 72.55500°W / 6.40250; -72.55500
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceNorthern Boyacá Province
Founded21 September 1773
Founded byAntonio Caballero y Góngora[note 1]
 • MayorMilton Díaz Bonilla
 • Total131 km2 (51 sq mi)
2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website


Before 1914, San Mateo was called La Capilla. It received its present name honouring the San Mateo field, where Antonio Ricaurte, hero of the Independence of Colombia died for the fatherland.[2]


The history of San Mateo is not well documented. The foundation of the town has been attributed by Ramón Correa to Archbishop of Bogotá Antonio Caballero y Góngora on September 21, 1773, while Caballero was working in Córdoba, Spain.[1] Little data exists in the archives for the tumultuous period of civil wars of the republican era.[2]

The symbol of San Mateo is the typical Colombian fruit chirimoya.[2]


The economy of San Mateo is centered around agriculture with potatoes, maize, beans, wheat, tobacco, pea and coffee as main products cultivated. The municipality also has livestock farming and mining activities of sand, gravel and carbon.[2]

Born in San MateoEdit




  1. ^ In 1773, Caballero y Góngora was working in Córdoba, Spain[1]