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Táchira State (Spanish: Estado Táchira, IPA: [esˈtaðo ˈtatʃiɾa]) is one of the 23 states of Venezuela. The state capital is San Cristóbal.

Flag of Táchira
Coat of arms of Táchira
Coat of arms
Anthem: Himno del Estado Táchira
Location within Venezuela
Location within Venezuela
Coordinates: 7°56′N 72°07′W / 7.94°N 72.12°W / 7.94; -72.12Coordinates: 7°56′N 72°07′W / 7.94°N 72.12°W / 7.94; -72.12
CapitalSan Cristóbal
 • GovernorLaidy Gómez (2017–present)
 • Total10,812 km2 (4,175 sq mi)
Area rank16th
 1.2% of Venezuela
 (2011 census est.)
 • Total1,168,908
 • Rank9th
 4.5% of Venezuela
Time zoneUTC-04:00 (VET)
ISO 3166 codeVE-S
Emblematic treePino Criollo, or Laso (Prumnopitys montana)

Táchira State covers a total surface area of 10,812 square kilometres (4,175 sq mi) and as of the 2011 census, had a population of 1,168,908. At the end of the 19th century, Táchira State was where oil was discovered in Venezuela. It was exploited for many years. Currently, its main economic revenues come from the production of coffee and pineapple. The cattle and agricultural activities play an important role in Táchira's economy. There is also a strong industrial sector which focuses on the processing of potato, sugar, milk, and cheese and the production of textiles.

Táchira State is one of the three Venezuelan Andean states (the other two are Mérida and Trujillo). This state borders Zulia State in the north, Barinas and Mérida States in the East, Apure and Barinas States in the south, and Colombia (Norte de Santander Department) in the west.


Táchira State plays an important role in the early parts of Venezuelan history. This state produced more presidents than any other state during the 20th century: Cipriano Castro, Juan Vicente Gómez, Marcos Pérez Jiménez, Isaías Medina Angarita, Eleazar López Contreras, Carlos Andrés Pérez, and Ramón José Velásquez.

At the end of the 19th century, the people of Táchira State were tired of being left out of the main country's decisions. Consequently, a group of men decided to start a revolution called the "Revolución Restauradora" (The Restorative Revolution). The idea was to take power and enhance the importance of the Andean Region in the country. It was led by Cipriano Castro and was successful.

Until the start of the 20th century, it was highly difficult traveling between Táchira State and others and even within the state itself. This condition led to cultural differences between the people of Táchira and those from the rest of Venezuela. The former were more influenced by Colombian culture, a more accessible region through Norte de Santander province.


During January the Capital city of San Cristóbal celebrates its fiesta, which is recognized nationally for its industrial, commercial and agricultural exhibitions. During this time there are bull-fights, events, parties, and a number of artists come to have their shows.[1]


Táchira State is located in the Andes. Its highest point is La Montaña el Pulpito, which about 3995 meters above the sea level. Táchira's population is mainly located in San Cristóbal, the most important and prosperous city of this state. Tariba, Rubio, Colon, and La Grita are also other important urban centers in this state.

It has international borders with Colombia in the west and south with Norte de Santander Department. Zulia and Mérida States lie to the north, and Barinas and Apure States lie to the east.

The main peaks are:[2]

  • The Pulpit: 3,912 m
  • Moor Battalion: 3,507 m
  • The Tama: 3,450 m
  • Moor La Negra: 3,450 m
  • Moor The Zumbador: 2,850 m

Municipalities and municipal seatsEdit


Race and ethnicityEdit

According to the 2011 Census, the racial composition of the population was:[3]

Racial composition Population %
White 743,013 58.8
Mestizo N/A 38.6
Black 22,745 1.8
Other race N/A 0.8

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ Geografía de Táchira
  3. ^ "Resultado Básico del XIV Censo Nacional de Población y Vivienda 2011 (Mayo 2014)" (PDF). p. 29. Retrieved 8 September 2015.