Gama, Cundinamarca

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Gama
Municipality and town
Gama borders the Guavio Reservoir
Gama borders the Guavio Reservoir
Flag of Gama
Flag
Location of the municipality and town of Gama in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Gama in the Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Gama is located in Colombia
Gama
Gama
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°45′46″N 73°36′39″W / 4.76278°N 73.61083°W / 4.76278; -73.61083Coordinates: 4°45′46″N 73°36′39″W / 4.76278°N 73.61083°W / 4.76278; -73.61083
Country  Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Province Guavio Province
Founded 8 May 1903
Founded by Juan Martín Romero
Government
 • Mayor Ernesto Avelino Ruiz Martínez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Municipality and town 108 km2 (42 sq mi)
 • Urban 15 km2 (6 sq mi)
Elevation 2,180 m (7,150 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 3,996
 • Density 37/km2 (96/sq mi)
 • Urban 841
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Gama is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Guavio Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca. The urban centre of Gama is situated at an altitude of 2,180 metres (7,150 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. Gama, at 118 kilometres (73 mi) from the capital Bogotá, borders Gachetá in the north, Junín and Gachalá in the south, Ubalá in the east and Junín in the west.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Gama is derived either from Muysccubun meaning "our back", or from the language of the local Chío tribe; "behind the licked hill", referring to the lake of Guatavita behind the mountains to the northwest.[1]

History[edit]

Before the Spanish conquest of the Muisca, Gama was inhabited by a tribe called the Chío. The first first registration of the village was made in 1846, when the church in Ubalá was constructed. Gama was properly founded not earlier than 1903, by Juan Martín Romero.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economical activity in Gama is agriculture, with predominantly potatoes, beans, peas and maize cultivated. Other products include yuca, bananas, pineapples and coffee.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d (Spanish) Official website Gama