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Ubaté (originally Villa San Diego de Ubaté) is a town and municipality in the Ubaté Province, part of Cundinamarca Department, Colombia. Ubaté is the capital of the province with the same name and situated in the Ubaté–Chiquinquirá Valley of the Altiplano Cundiboyacense. The urban centre is located at an altitude of 2,556 metres (8,386 ft) and 97 kilometres (60 mi) from the capital Bogotá. The municipality borders the department of Boyacá in the north, the Rionegro Province in the west, the Central Savanna Province in the south and in the east and southeast the Almeidas Province.[1]

Municipality and town
View of Ubaté
View of Ubaté
Flag of Ubaté
Official seal of Ubaté
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Ubaté is located in Colombia
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°18′26″N 73°48′52″W / 5.30722°N 73.81444°W / 5.30722; -73.81444Coordinates: 5°18′26″N 73°48′52″W / 5.30722°N 73.81444°W / 5.30722; -73.81444
Country  Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Ubaté Province
Founded 12 April 1592
Founded by Bernardo de Albornoz
 • Mayor Edgar Jairo Marquez Carrillo
 • Municipality and town 102 km2 (39 sq mi)
 • Urban 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Elevation 2,556 m (8,386 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 38,809
 • Density 380/km2 (990/sq mi)
 • Urban 25,141
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website



The name Ubaté comes from the native name "Ebate" meaning "Bloodied land" or "Sower of the mouth".[1]


The area of Ubaté before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca, organised in a loose confederation of rulers called the Muisca Confederation. Initially loyal to the zaque of Hunza, Ubaté changed rule around 1490 when it was submitted by zipa Saguamanchica.[2]

Modern Ubaté was founded on April 12, 1592, by Bernardo de Albornoz.[1]

It is known as the "Milk Capital of Colombia" and for a Gothic style cathedral and the San Luis Convent.


The main activities of Ubaté are agriculture and livestock farming.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Official website Ubaté
  2. ^ Restrepo Arcila, 2002, p.179