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Municipality and town
Chuch of Ráquira
Chuch of Ráquira
Flag of Ráquira
Location of the municipality and town of Ráquira in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Ráquira in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country Colombia
DepartmentBoyacá Department
ProvinceRicaurte Province
Founded18 October 1580
Founded byFrancisco de Orejuela
 • MayorJosé Hernán Sierra Buitrago
 • Municipality and town233 km2 (90 sq mi)
2,150 m (7,050 ft)
 • Municipality and town13,588
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Ráquira, is a municipality and town in Boyacá Department, Colombia, part of the subregion of the Ricaurte Province. Ráquira is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense and the urban center at an altitude of 2,150 metres (7,050 ft). It borders Tinjacá and Sutamarchan in the north, Guachetá, Cundinamarca in the south, in the east Sáchica and Samacá and in the west San Miguel de Sema and Lake Fúquene.[1]


In Chibcha, Ráquira means "Village of the pans".[2]


The area of Ráquira was inhabited by the Muisca in the centuries before the Spanish conquest of the central highlands of the Colombian Andes. Already in those times Ráquira was famous for its ceramics due to the clay of the area.[3][4]

In March 1537 conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada crossed the valley around Ráquira. Modern Ráquira was founded on October 18, 1580 by friar Francisco de Orejuela.[1]


About three quarters of the economy of Ráquira is centered on the handcrafts. Other economical activities are agriculture, livestock farming and mining.[1]


Ráquira is famous in Colombia for its colony of artisans, who produce traditional northern Andean pottery & hand-woven goods. The Sunday market is especially a popular time to visit. Ráquira is also known for its colorful houses that contrast with the famous nearby town of Villa de Leyva.[5]


Panorama of central square and park Ráquira


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Coordinates: 5°32′N 73°38′W / 5.533°N 73.633°W / 5.533; -73.633