Pitalito

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Pitalito
Guacacayo (River of the tombs)
Municipality and town
Flag of Pitalito
Flag
Official seal of Pitalito
Seal
Nickname(s): Valle de Laboyos
Motto: "A better town, a municipality for everybody"
Location of the municipality and town of Pitalito in the Huila Department of Colombia.
Location of the municipality and town of Pitalito in the Huila Department of Colombia.
Pitalito is located in Colombia
Pitalito
Pitalito
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 01°52′N 76°02′W / 1.867°N 76.033°W / 1.867; -76.033
Country  Colombia
Department Huila Department
Founded June 13, 1818
Government
 • Mayor Miguel Rico
Area
 • Municipality and town 666 km2 (257 sq mi)
Elevation 1,318 m (4,324 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Municipality and town 118,677[1]
 • Metro 69,395[1]
Demonym(s) Laboyano
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 57 + 8
Website Official website (Spanish)

Pitalito is a Colombian town and municipality located to the south of the Department of Huila, Colombia over the Valley of the Rio Grande de la Magdalena, 188 km from Huila's capital, Neiva. It is referred as "The Valley of Laboyos," and is also the second most populated municipality in the Department of Huila, with approximately 150 000 inhabitants. Pitalito is considered the largest producer of coffee in Colombia, where high quality coffee beans are cultivated. Being at the epicenter of coffee producing District of Bruselas, the town has become the new coffee-growing region of Colombia, . On several occasions, it has been awarded with the "Cup of Excellence", for producing the best coffee in the country. [2]

Boundaries - North: Timana, Elias and Saladoblanco; South: Palestina; West: Isnos and San Agustin; East: Acevedo.

History[edit]

José Hilario Sierra, priest and doctor, was appointed priest of the vice-parish of "Los Laboyos' in 1818. That year, some of the residents of the vice-parish decided to build their houses on the site they called Pitalito, a picturesque region located two miles northeast of the Laboyos. Early settlers became attracted to the area because of the fertility of the soil, the mild climate and the abundance of water, as well as construction materials. Many other residents followed in the same year, resulting in rapid depopulation of the village of Laboyos, as almost all of its inhabitants moved to populate the region of Pitalito in the Cálamo estate, and contiguous to Solarte estate, where there were already more than two thousand cattle and horses.

The progressive doctor Sierra, seeing that his parishioners were dispersed, decided, under his Ministry, to follow them to Pitalito, where he built a little hut-chapel where he could administer the Holy Sacraments and celebrate Holy Mass. The Chapel, the first in in the area, was built on the same location where it still stands today at the Temple of San Antonio. In 1819, in front of the chapel, Dr. Sierra demarcated the square and the streets of the new town.

After three years, with the growing community, the new village had the need to have a mayor. Appointed to the post was Don Jorge de Cuéllar, son of Don Luis de Cuéllar, an important figure in the town of Timaná. Don Luis was one of the owners of the region and was of noble lineage, being the son of Don Jerónimo de Cuéllar, whose family originated in the kingdoms of Spain, in Andalusia's rich. [3]


Coffee[edit]

Colombia Supremo 17/18 Pitalito[edit]

Colombia is the second largest producer of coffee in the world and the largest producer of washed and Arabica coffee. The country is well known for its high quality coffee and about half of its exports are sent to the United States. Colombia exports approximately 12.5 million bags and domestic consumption is about 2 million bags annually.

Colombia only produces washed Arabica coffee. There are three primary varieties grown in Colombia and the coffee is referred to by the region in which it is grown. There are many coffee producing regions in the country. Colombia is proficient in producing an abundance of truly delicious and sought-after coffee.

This coffee comes from the small town of Pitalito, which lies in southern Huila in the Valley of Laboyos. This southern area of Colombia is at the foot of the Andes mountains. This massive mountain range is the birthplace of the Magdalena River, which travels north all the way to the Caribbean coast.

The valley itself lies at about 1,300 meters above sea level. All the surrounding mountains grow coffee with the average farm having about 6 hectares and about 5,000 trees per hectare. The soil is volcanic, providing lots of organic nutrients for this high altitude coffee.

Cup Characteristics[edit]

Colombia Pitalito is recognized for having high acidity, medium to good body, and stone fruit notes.

Arabica variety: Caturra and Castillo

Harvest period: October-February

Aroma: Caramel

Flavor: Sweet, Stone fruit, Caramel

Body: Medium body

Acidity: High citric acidity [4]

Tourism[edit]

San Agustin Archaeological Park is located 30 miles from Pitalito. This site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The site contains the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in Latin America and is considered the world's largest necropolis.[5]

Hotels[edit]

Pitalito has several hotels, including Hotel Grand Premium Plaza, Hotel Timanco, Hotel Napoles, Hotel Hostal Ullumbe, Hotel Calamo, Hotel Interescorial, and Hotel Guaitipan Plaza.

Restaurants[edit]

Pitalito has a variety of restaurants, including Arte Burger - Pitalito, Burger restaurant; Pure Love, Bar; La Casa en el Aire, Bar & Grill; Le Bistro 450, restaurant; Restaurante El Caporal; Salu, Restaurant/Cafe; and Sufy, Ice cream & restaurant.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Población. pitalito-huila.gov.co
  2. ^ Translated from Wikipedia en español
  3. ^ Translated from http://pitalito-huila.gov.co/informacion_general.shtml#historia
  4. ^ Translated from http://www.interamericancoffee.com/colombia-supremo-1718-pitalito/
  5. ^ http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/744/
  6. ^ Things to do in Pitalito in Facebook.com

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 1°53′56.09″N 76°02′30.73″W / 1.8989139°N 76.0418694°W / 1.8989139; -76.0418694