Supatá is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Gualivá Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca. Supatá is located 76 kilometres (47 mi) north of the Colombian capital Bogotá. Supatá borders the municipalities Pacho, Vergara, Subachoque, La Vega and San Francisco.[1]

Municipality and town
Flag of Supatá
Official seal of Supatá
Location of the municipality and town of Gómez Plata in the Antioquia Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Gómez Plata in the Antioquia Department of Colombia
Supatá is located in Colombia
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°3′40″N 74°14′12″W / 5.06111°N 74.23667°W / 5.06111; -74.23667
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceGualivá Province
Founded13 December 1882
Founded byVenancio and Isidro Aguilera
 • MayorCarlos Andrés Cárdenas Gómez
 • Municipality and town117.7 km2 (45.4 sq mi)
 • Urban
0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
1,780 m (5,840 ft)
 • Municipality and town5,022
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

History and geography edit

Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores in the central highlands of Colombia, the area around Supatá was inhabited by the Panche people. In Chibcha Supatá means "low and fertile land".[2] The village is located on the northwestern edge of the Bogotá savanna at a relatively low elevation of 1,780 metres (5,840 ft) above sea level, while other areas within the municipality are much higher, up to a maximum elevation of 3,400 metres (11,200 ft).[1]

On the El Tablazo mountain, at an elevation of 3,285 metres (10,778 ft) within the boundaries of Supatá, there's a cave named Cueva Chía ("Chía Cave"). Chía was the Moon goddess of the Muisca who frequently invaded the territories of the Panche. It is said the people hid the treasures of Chía in this cave.[1]

Economical activities edit

The main economical activity of Supatá is agriculture, particularly coffee, sugar cane, bananas and yuca.[1]

Gallery edit

Named after Supatá edit

  • Supatá golden frog, a species of poisonous frog, found in the vicinity of Supatá has been named after the village

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Supatá - accessed 06-05-2016
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Supatá - accessed 29-04-2016