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Flag of Cereté
Location of the municipality and town of Cereté in the Department of Cordoba
Location of the municipality and town
of Cereté in the Department of Cordoba
Cereté is located in Colombia
Location of the municipality and town
of Cereté in the Department of Cordoba
Coordinates: 8°53′N 75°47′W / 8.883°N 75.783°W / 8.883; -75.783
Country  Colombia
Department Cordoba
Founded 1740
Incorporated 1923
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Francisco El Negro Padilla
 • Total 352 km2 (136 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 58,925
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cereteano
Area code(s) 57 + 4
Website Official site[permanent dead link] (Spanish)

Cereté is a town and municipality located in the Córdoba Department, northern Colombia.

Name origin[edit]

Cereté comes from the two word indigenous words meaning Chere (fish) and te (shelter).


Cereté is one of the oldest administrative divisions in the Sinú Region, founded in 1721 by Spanish Francisco Velásquez and Cristóbal Jiménez de León. In 1731 the curate of Cereté-Mocarí was given to jesuits who were in the process of evangelizing local indigenous peoples. The settlement of Cereté was not officially established until 1740 when Juan de Torrezal Díaz Pimienta reorganized the settlement into a village.

Geography and climate[edit]

The municipality of Cereté borders to the north with the municipality of San Pelayo, the municipalities of Ciénaga de Oro and San Carlos to the east, the municipalities of San Carlos and Montería to the south and to the west again with the municipalities of San Pelayo and Montería covering a total area of 351.8 km². Cereté has a yearly average temperature of 28 °C and is some 12 m over sea level. The town of Cereté is located some 18 km from the Cordoba Department capital Montería.

The town of Cereté is crossed by the Caño Burro (Burro Stream) an affluent of the Sinú River. The Burro stream was once navigable and connected the town with other river towns like Puerto Wilches and San Pelayo.


The economy of Cereté is based primarily in cattle raising with some 270 km² used and agriculture with extensive cultivations of cotton (colloquially known as the "white gold") and sorghum covering an area of 80 km².


Coordinates: 8°53′N 75°48′W / 8.883°N 75.800°W / 8.883; -75.800