Cesar River

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This article is about the river in Colombia. For the river in Chile, see Cesar River, Chile.
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The Cesar River basin, Cesar Department in color.
Country Colombia
Basin features
Main source Colombia
River mouth Magdalena River

The Cesar River is a river in northern Colombia which is a part of the Magdalena Basin. It separates the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta from the mountain ranges of the Serranía del Perijá an extension of the Cordillera Oriental. It flows north to south, down from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in the Guajira Department onto the Cesar Department and flowing into the Zapatosa Marsh where it turns to the southwest and discharges into the Magdalena River.[1] Valledupar is the only major city on its route.


  • Badillo River[2]
  • Guatapuri River[2]
  • Ariguani River[2]
  • Villanueva River, 43 kilometres (27 mi) in length out of the Cerro Pintao.[3]
  • Various streams of the Zapatosa Marshes including the
    • Bartolazo wetlands;
    • Pancuiche wetlands;
    • Pancuichito wetlands;
    • La Palma wetlands;
    • Santo Domingo wetlands; and
    • Tiojuancho wetlands.


  1. ^ Index Geografia Hidrografia (Colombian Hydrographic Index) Archived November 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. in Spanish
  2. ^ a b c Bealey, J. T. (1887) "Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta" Scottish Geographical Magazine 3: pp. 174-184, page 180
  3. ^ "Municipio Villanueva - Geografia (Villanueva Municipality - Geography)"[permanent dead link] (Spanish), accessed 8 December 2008

Further reading[edit]

  • Striffler, Luis (1989) El Río César: Relación de un viaje a la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta en 1876 Senado de la República, Bogotá, OCLC 23356826