Sutamarchán is a town and municipality in the Ricaurte Province, part of the department of Boyacá of Colombia. Sutamarchán is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at 44 kilometres (27 mi) from the department capital Tunja. It borders Santa Sofía in the north, Sáchica and Villa de Leyva in the east, Saboyá in the west and Ráquira and Tinjacá in the south.
Municipality and town
Central square and church of Sutamarchán
Location of the municipality and town of Sutamarchán in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
|Founded||14 December 1556|
|Founded by||Antonio de Santana|
|• Mayor||Wilmer Castellanos Hernández|
|• Municipality and town||102 km2 (39 sq mi)|
|• Urban||8 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,800 m (5,900 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||5,916|
|• Density||58/km2 (150/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
The name Sutamarchán is derived from the Chibcha sovereign Suta and Spanish marchán: "Merchant of the sovereign Suta". Marchán refers to Pedro Merchan de Velasco, who was an 18th-century encomendero of Suta.
Modern Sutamarchán was founded on December 14, 1556, by Antonio de Santana.
The main economical activities of Sutamarchán are agriculture, livestock farming and tourism. Among the agricultural products potatoes, onions, tomatoes, barley, maize, grapes and the Colombian fruit curuba are cultivated. The town is famous for its longaniza sausages. Tourism is mainly religious; tourists visit the Santo Ecce Homo Convent.