Dosquebradas

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Dosquebradas
Municipality and town
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Official seal of Dosquebradas
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Location of the municipality and town of Dosquebradas in the Risaralda  Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Dosquebradas in the Risaralda Department of Colombia.
Dosquebradas is located in Colombia
Dosquebradas
Dosquebradas
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°50′N 75°41′W / 4.833°N 75.683°W / 4.833; -75.683
Country  Colombia
Department Risaralda Department
Government
 • Mayor Jorge Ramos Diego
Area
 • Total 2,705.8 km2 (1,044.7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,460 m (4,790 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 189,622
 • Density 70/km2 (180/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Dosquebradenses
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 57 + 6
Website Official website (Spanish)

Dosquebradas (Spanish pronunciation: [doskeˈβɾaðas]) is the second largest city and a municipality in the Risaralda Department, Colombia. As of 2005, it had a population of approximately 200,000 inhabitants. The city is connected by the César Gaviria Trujillo Viaduct to Pereira, the capital of the department.

The name of the city literally means "two creeks" (dos quebradas), Santa Teresita and Las Garzas. Dosquebradas is sometimes called the Pink Zone (Zona Rosa) of Pereira because it has many nightclubs and bars, which are filled with young people on the weekends.

It grew up as an industrial center serving Pereira in the 1970s and 1980s. With the construction of El Poblado neighborhood (low-income housing) it experienced a population boom, providing residence to many families that commuted to Pereira for work.

Education[edit]

The education in the city is one of the best in Risaralda department, almost all the schools state-owned, only 4 are private schools, 3 of those schools are Catholic schools. Some of the most notable schools in Dosquebradas are:

  1. Salesian School Saint Jhon Bosco (private, Catholic)
  2. Agustin Nieto Caballero School
  3. Diocesan School Baltasar Alvares R
  4. Cristo Rey School (private, Catholic)
  5. Salesians Femels María Auxiliadora (private, Catholic)

Coordinates: 4°50′N 75°41′W / 4.833°N 75.683°W / 4.833; -75.683