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Acandí is a town of Colombia situated at the northern end of the department of Chocó, northwest of Colombia, the Caribbean Sea. Located 366 km from the provincial capital, Quibdó. Its average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. It was founded around the year 1887, and it became a municipality in 1905, previously was part of Turbo. Acandí name is a corruption of the indigenous voice "Acanti" which means "River of Stone", a voice that was changed by the people who arrived by the name it has now.
Part and is one of the constituent territories of the region of Darién together with the towns of Unguía Jurado and the municipality of Riosucio west of Atrato river, in the northwestern department of Chocó and the border with Panama.
The name Acandí is derived from the Acandí tribe which means "River of Stones". The first foundation of the town of Acandí originated in c. 1890 by Spanish settlers Concepcion Gomez, Fermin Avila, Jose Piestan, Jose Garrido and others with the name of San Nicolas de Titumate and was located to the left margin of the Acandí River but was constantly flooded and devastated by this river. The inhabitants moved the village to a nearby safer pleace in 1896.
The municipality of Acandí was created on August 5, 1908 by ordenance of this same year.
Geography and climate
Its urban area is located by the Caribbean sea in the northeastern part of the Gulf of Urabá Some 558 km away from the capital Quibdó. The municipality has an area of 869 km² and borders to the north with the Caribbean sea, to the south with the municipality of Unguía and to the west with the Republic of Panama.
The main economic activities of Acandí are agriculture, livestock raising, artisan fishing and informal commerce. The main agricultural products are maize, plantain and yuca. The municipality also covers the tourism hub Capurganá, located near the border with Panama.
Acandí is a maritime small port over the Caribbean sea mainly utilizing it to communicate with other nearby ports of Colombia and Panama. The Atrato River is also used as a fluvial way of transportation and a way to reach the Department capital Quibdó. Has one small airfield that can receive light planes and it's used to primarily fly to Quibdó or towns in the Antioquia Department. Inhabitants also use the nearby airfields in Capurganá
Alcides Fernández Airport - (Airport class G. longitude of 1,200 m, 10 m wide and its owned by the Colombian government agency INCORA.
Capurganá Airport - Airport class F. located in the police inspection of Capurganá. Has a longitude of 852 m, 12 m wide and it is operate by the municipality
El Gilcal Airport- Airport class G. Has a longitude of 500 m, 15 m wide and it is owned by the municipality.