La Grita

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La Grita
Flag of La Grita
Nickname(s): Atenas Del Táchira
La Grita is located in Venezuela
La Grita
La Grita
Coordinates: 8°08′N 71°59′W / 8.133°N 71.983°W / 8.133; -71.983Coordinates: 8°08′N 71°59′W / 8.133°N 71.983°W / 8.133; -71.983
Country VenezuelaVenezuela
State Táchira
Municipality Jáuregui Municipality
Founded 2 November 1576
Elevation 1,440 m (4,720 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 90,000
 • Demonym Gritense
Time zone VST
Postal code 5001
Area code(s) 0277

La Grita is a town in the north west of Táchira state, Venezuela. It has a population of 80.000. Located in an Andean valley, La Grita is known for its beautiful natural setting and its fertile land. Its colonial style houses and open plazas decorate the town's facade. La Grita's diverse ecosystem offers the visitor different activities like hiking, camping, mountain climbing, and flora and fauna observation. Religious tourism is a main attraction during Semana Santa or during the celebration of the Santo Cristo de La Grita every August 6.


Founded by the Spanish Captain Francisco de Cáceres, in 1576, also known as ciudad de Atenas or ciudad del Espíritu Santo, it was the capital of the Province of La Grita (1576–1607). Later the town was a strategic point in Simon Bolivar's "Admirable Campaign" (1813). Bolivar stayed at the "Balcony House", now known as a site of great value to Venezuela's independence movement.

La Grita was affected by the 1875 Cúcuta earthquake.


La Grita has a community TV station, Jaureguina TV.

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