Meta Department

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Department of Meta

Departamento del Meta
The Llanos in Colombia
The Llanos in Colombia
Flag of Department of Meta
Coat of arms of Department of Meta
Coat of arms
Llano Grande de Colombia y Meta
Anthem: Himno de Meta (Colombia)
Meta shown in red
Meta shown in red
Topography of the department
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 4°9′N 73°38′W / 4.150°N 73.633°W / 4.150; -73.633Coordinates: 4°9′N 73°38′W / 4.150°N 73.633°W / 4.150; -73.633
Country Colombia
RegionOrinoquía Region
EstablishedJuly 1, 1960
 • GovernorMarcela Amaya (2016-2019)
 • Total85,635 km2 (33,064 sq mi)
Area rank4th
 • Total924,843
 • Rank19th
 • Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-MET
HDI (2017)0.761[2]
high · 6th

Meta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmeta]) is a department of Colombia. It is close to the geographic center of the country, to the east of the Andean mountains. A large portion of the department, which is also crossed by the Meta River, is covered by a grassland plain known as the Llanos. Its capital is Villavicencio. The department has a monument placed in the very geographic centre of Colombia, at a place known as Alto de Menegua, a few kilometers from Puerto López.

Achagua, which is similar to Piapoco, is an Indigenous language spoken by a minority in the department.


Ariari Villavicencio Piedemonte Meta River
Colombia - Meta - Ariari.svg
Colombia - Meta - Villavicencio.svg
Colombia - Meta - Piedemonte.svg
Colombia - Meta - Río Meta.svg
El Castillo • El Dorado • Fuente de Oro • Granada • La Uribe • Lejanías • Mapiripán • Mesetas • Puerto Concordia • Puerto Lleras • Puerto Rico • San Juan de Arama • Vista Hermosa
Acacías • Barranca de Upía • Castilla la Nueva • Cubarral • Cumaral • El Calvario • Guamal • Restrepo • San Carlos de Guaroa • San Juanito • San Martín
Cabuyaro • La Macarena • Puerto Gaitán • Puerto López


  1. ^ "DANE". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.

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