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Municipality and town
View of mountain within Pachavita
View of mountain within Pachavita
Flag of Pachavita
Location of the municipality and town of Pachavita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Pachavita in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Neira Province
Founded 17 November 1716
 • Mayor José Jacinto Morales
 • Municipality and town 68 km2 (26 sq mi)
Elevation 1,985 m (6,512 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 2,508
 • Urban 395
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Pachavita is a town and municipality in the Neira Province, part of the Colombian department of Boyacá. The urban centre is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at an altitude of 1,985 metres (6,512 ft) and at a distance of 85 kilometres (53 mi) from the department capital Tunja. The municipality borders Chinavita in the north, Tenza and La Capilla in the south, Garagoa in the east and Úmbita in the west.[1]


The name Pachavita is derived from Chibcha; pacha = man, lord and vita = point, summit, peak; "Peak of the man".[1] Another meaning is "Proud chief".[2]


Before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores, the area of Pachavita was part of the loose Muisca Confederation. The Muisca had different rulers and the zaque of Hunza ruled over Pachavita.

Modern Pachavita was founded on November 17, 1716.[1]


Main economical activity of Pachavita are agriculture and dairy farming with products yuca, maize, bananas, arracacha, beans, lulo and cucumbers, eggs, peas and cheese.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d (Spanish) Official website Pachavita
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Pachavita -

Coordinates: 5°08′N 73°24′W / 5.133°N 73.400°W / 5.133; -73.400