Somondoco is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá. This town and larger municipal area are located in the Valle de Tenza. The Valle de Tenza is the ancient route connecting the Altiplano Cundiboyacense and the Llanos. The area is dotted with many such little towns all located at approximately the same altitude (1500–1700 meters). Somondoco borders Almeida in the east, Guayatá in the west, Guateque and Sutatenza in the north and in the south the Cundinamarca municipality of Ubalá.
Municipality and town
|Province||Eastern Boyacá Province|
|Founded||6 November 1537|
|• Mayor||Edison Rolando Gaitán Roa|
|• Municipality and town||58.7 km2 (22.7 sq mi)|
|• Urban||2.4 km2 (0.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,670 m (5,480 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||3,632|
|• Density||62/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
The nearest larger town is Guateque which is about 30 minutes away by car. In Somondoco are several small companies producing handicrafts and collectables.
When the Spanish conquistadores led by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada arrived, Somondoco was ruled by a cacique named Sumindoco. He was loyal to the zaque of Hunza. The date of foundation of Somondoco is November 6, 1537.
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