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Municipality and town
Central square and church of Arcabuco
Central square and church of Arcabuco
Flag of Arcabuco
Location of the municipality and town of Arcabuco in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Arcabuco in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceRicaurte Province
Founded22 October 1856
Founded byCeledonio Umaña and Leopoldo Rodríguez
 • MayorVictor Hugo Silva M.
 • Municipality and town155 km2 (60 sq mi)
 • Urban
35 km2 (14 sq mi)
2,739 m (8,986 ft)
 • Municipality and town5,240
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Arcabuco is a town and municipality in the Ricaurte Province, part of the Colombian Department of Boyacá. Arcabuco is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense with the urban centre at an altitude of 2,739 metres (8,986 ft). The municipality borders Moniquirá and Gámbita in the north, Villa de Leyva and Chíquiza in the south, Cómbita in the east and Gachantivá and Villa de Leyva in the west. The department capital Tunja is 34 kilometres (21 mi) to the south.[1]


The name Arcabuco comes from Chibcha and means either "Place of the intricate scrublands" or "Place enclosed by the hills".[2]


The area of Arcabuco in the times before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca. Their territory was part of the Muisca Confederation, a loose collection of rulers. Arcabuco was part of the zacazgo, with the zaque based in Hunza.

Modern Arcabuco was founded on October 22, 1856 by Celedonio Umaña and Leopoldo Rodríguez.[1]


The economy of Arcabuco is centered around agriculture and livestock farming. Apart from the agricultural products potatoes and strawberries, the town is known as a large producer of almojábanas.[1]

Named after Arcabuco[edit]

  • Arcabuco Formation, Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous dinosaur tracks-containing geologic formation

Born in Arcabuco[edit]



Coordinates: 5°45′N 73°26′W / 5.750°N 73.433°W / 5.750; -73.433