Yopal (Spanish pronunciation: [ɟ͡ʝoˈpal]) is a municipality and capital city of the department of Casanare in Colombia.

Yopal
Municipality and town
Panorama view of Yopal, from La Iguana Natural Park (Parque Natural La Iguana)
Panorama view of Yopal, from La Iguana Natural Park (Parque Natural La Iguana)
Flag of Yopal
Official seal of Yopal
Location of the municipality and town of Yopal in the Casanare Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Yopal in the Casanare Department of Colombia.
Yopal is located in Colombia
Yopal
Yopal
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°21′0″N 72°24′36″W / 5.35000°N 72.41000°W / 5.35000; -72.41000Coordinates: 5°21′0″N 72°24′36″W / 5.35000°N 72.41000°W / 5.35000; -72.41000
Country Colombia
RegionOrinoquía Region
DepartmentCasanare Department
Founded1915
Area
 • Municipality and town2,771 km2 (1,070 sq mi)
Elevation
350 m (1,150 ft)
Population
 (2018 Census[1])
 • Municipality and town168,433
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
 • Urban
143,619
Demonym(s)Yopaleño
Time zoneUTC-05 (Colombia Standard Time)
Postal code
850001-9
Area code(s)57 + 8
WebsiteOfficial website (in Spanish)

HistoryEdit

During the period of the Spanish colonization of the Americas, the land on which Yopal stands was occupied by the indigenous Achagua people. The name Yopal descends from the region's abundance of Anadenanthera peregrina, often otherwise called yopo.

Geographic informationEdit

  • Population: 150 000 inhabitants
  • Elevation: 350 metres or 1,150 feet
  • Area: 2,771 square kilometres or 1,070 square miles
  • Distance from Bogotá: 387 kilometres or 240 miles
  • Median temperature: 26 °C or 78.8 °F
 
El Resurgimiento Park (Parque el Resurgimiento)
 
Yopal Municipal Church

ClimateEdit

Yopal has a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen Am). Although it borders closely on a tropical savanna climate (Aw), Yopal’s climate is much more typical of a tropical monsoon climate in having a short but distinct dry season that covers the months of December to March, and a very long wet season covering the remaining eight months.

Climate data for Yopal
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.5
(90.5)
33.2
(91.8)
33.2
(91.8)
31.5
(88.7)
30.8
(87.4)
29.7
(85.5)
29.9
(85.8)
30.5
(86.9)
30.7
(87.3)
30.8
(87.4)
31.1
(88.0)
31.7
(89.1)
31.3
(88.3)
Average low °C (°F) 22.5
(72.5)
22.9
(73.2)
23.7
(74.7)
22.6
(72.7)
22.3
(72.1)
21.7
(71.1)
21.5
(70.7)
21.4
(70.5)
21.5
(70.7)
21.6
(70.9)
21.9
(71.4)
22.2
(72.0)
22.2
(71.9)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 8.5
(0.33)
60.4
(2.38)
79.3
(3.12)
279.0
(10.98)
333.7
(13.14)
298.0
(11.73)
312.3
(12.30)
255.4
(10.06)
275.9
(10.86)
255.0
(10.04)
131.8
(5.19)
20.2
(0.80)
2,309.5
(90.93)
Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 1 4 7 15 16 17 18 17 15 14 10 4 138
Source: IDEAM

Born in YopalEdit

  • Jeffry Romero, professional cyclist
  • Andres Badillo Entrepreneur
  • Mechs, streamer of League of Legends

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit