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Tenza (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtensa]) is a town and municipality in the subregion of the Eastern Boyacá Province of the Colombian department Boyacá. Tenza borders La Capilla and Pachavita in the north, in the east the department of Cundinamarca, in the south with Sutatenza and in the east with Garagoa. The altitude of the municipality in the Tenza Valley ranges from 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) to 2,200 metres (7,200 ft).[1]

Municipality and town
Church of Tenza
Church of Tenza
Flag of Tenza
Location of the municipality and town of Tenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Tenza in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Eastern Boyacá Province
Founded 24 June 1537
Founded by Pedro Fernández de Valenzuela
 • Mayor Jhon Alexander López Mendoza
 • Municipality and town 51 km2 (20 sq mi)
Elevation 1,600 m (5,200 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 4,112
 • Density 81/km2 (210/sq mi)
 • Urban 1,229
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website



Tenza used to be inhabited by the Muisca before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores led by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada who was looking for emeralds. The village was ruled by the cacique of Cora, loyal to the zaque of Hunza.[1] Modern Tenza was founded during the Spanish conquest of the Muisca by the Jiménez de Quesada, on June 24th, Saint John's day, 1537.[1]

Tenza used to be called Tenazuca, which in the Chibcha language of the Muisca means "going down at night".[2]


Livestock farming is the most important activity. The agriculture of Tenza is relatively modest with beans, peas, maize, yuca, arracacha, tomatoes, cucumbers and bananas. Some mining is executed in Tenza.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Tenza - accessed 07-05-2016
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Etymology Tenza - accessed 07-05-2016

Coordinates: 5°05′N 73°25′W / 5.083°N 73.417°W / 5.083; -73.417