Municipality and town
Central square and church of Arcabuco
Location of the municipality and town of Arcabuco in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
|Founded||22 October 1856|
|Founded by||Celedonio Umaña and Leopoldo Rodríguez|
|• Mayor||Victor Hugo Silva M.|
|• Municipality and town||155 km2 (60 sq mi)|
|• Urban||35 km2 (14 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,739 m (8,986 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||5,240|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
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.
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.
Named after Arcabuco
- Arcabuco Formation, Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous dinosaur tracks-containing geologic formation
Born in Arcabuco
- Cayetano Sarmiento, professional cyclist
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