Yaguará (Spanish pronunciation: [ɟʝaɣwaˈɾa]) is a town and municipality in the Huila Department, Colombia. The urban centre is located at an elevation of 650 metres (2,130 ft) in the Magdalena River Valley and the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. The municipality borders Teruel and Palermo in the north, Gigante, Hobo and Tesalia in the south, Campoalegre and Hobo in the east and Tesalia and Iquira in the west. The departmental capital Neiva is 49 kilometres (30 mi) to the northeast. The Betania Reservoir is situated within the boundaries of Yaguará.
Municipality and town
|Founded||13 March 1623|
|Founded by||Francisco Gómez Quintero|
|• Mayor||Rafael Ramírez González|
|• Municipality and town||329 km2 (127 sq mi)|
|Elevation||650 m (2,130 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||8,952|
|• Density||27/km2 (70/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
In the time before the Spanish conquest, the region of Yaguará was inhabited by the Páez. They defended their territory against the Pijao, who came from nearby Tolima and later against the Spanish conquistadors.
Modern Yaguará was founded on March 13, 1623 by Francisco Gómez Quintero, under command of the governor of Neiva Diego de Ospina y Medinilla.
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