Firavitoba

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Firavitoba
Municipality and town
Twilight over Firavitoba
Twilight over Firavitoba
Flag of Firavitoba
Flag
Official seal of Firavitoba
Seal
Location of the municipality and town of Firavitoba in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Firavitoba in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Sugamuxi Province
Founded 23 October 1655
Government
 • Mayor Karol Ricardo Ramirez Silva
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Total 109.9 km2 (42.4 sq mi)
Elevation 2,500 m (8,200 ft)
Population
 • Total 5,730
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Firavitoba is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the Sugamuxi Province, a subregion of Boyacá.

Geography[edit]

Firavitoba is located on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at an altitude of 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) and borders the municipalities of Paipa and Tibasosa in the north, Iza and Pesca in the south, in the east Sogamoso and westward of Firavitoba are Tuta and Toca.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Firavitoba is named after cacique Firavia.[2]

History[edit]

The area of Firavitoba, in the Iraka Valley, was inhabited by the Muisca before the Spanish conquistadors reached the inner highlands of present-day Colombia. The village was ruled by the iraca of neighbouring Sogamoso, then called Sugamuxi.[1]

The present-day village was founded on 23 October 1655 by the Spanish.[1]

Economy[edit]

The main economical activity of Firavitoba is livestock farming. Other economical areas consist of agriculture and limestone quarrying.[1]

Airport[edit]

The small airport serving Sogamoso, Alberto Lleras Camargo Airport (IATA-code: SOX), is located within the municipality Firavitoba.[1]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e (Spanish) General information Firavitoba - accessed 28-04-2016
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Firavitoba - accessed 02-05-2016


Coordinates: 5°39′N 73°00′W / 5.650°N 73.000°W / 5.650; -73.000