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
Motto: Llano Grande de Colombia y Meta
Anthem: Himno de Meta (Colombia)
Meta shown in red
Meta shown in red
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
Region Orinoquía Region
Established July 1, 1960
Capital Villavicencio
 • Governor Alan Jara (2012-)
 • Total 85,635 km2 (33,064 sq mi)
Area rank 4th
Population (2013)[1]
 • Total 924,843
 • Rank 19th
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-05
ISO 3166 code CO-MET
Provinces 4
Municipalities 29

Meta 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
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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". Retrieved February 13, 2013. 

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