La Uvita

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La Uvita
Municipality and town
Central square of La Uvita
Central square of La Uvita
Flag of La Uvita
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Location of the municipality and town of La Uvita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of La Uvita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°30′W / 6.333°N 72.500°W / 6.333; -72.500Coordinates: 6°20′N 72°30′W / 6.333°N 72.500°W / 6.333; -72.500
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Northern Boyacá Province
Founded 24 December 1758
Founded by Vicente Ferrer del Río de Loza
Government
 • Mayor Jaime Enrique Galvis Hernández
(2016-2019)
Elevation 2,700 m (8,900 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 2,523
 • Urban 1,018
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

La Uvita is a town and municipality in the Northern Boyacá Province, part of the Colombian Department of Boyacá. The urban centre is located at an altitude of 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes. La Uvita borders San Mateo in the north, El Cocuy and Chita in the east, Chita and Jericó in the south and Boavita in the west.[1]

Etymology[edit]

La Uvita is derived from Chibcha, meaning "meadow of the fertile farmlands".[1]

History[edit]

La Uvita was founded by Vicente Ferrer del Río de Loza on December 24, 1758, as a place for the colonial inhabitants of Boavita to flee the indigenous people in Boavita.[1]

Economy[edit]

Main economic activity of La Uvita is the manufacturing of cheese. It also serves as a touristic entry to the El Cocuy National Park.[1]

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