San José, Caldas

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San José
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Location of the municipality and town of San José in Caldas Department
Location of the municipality and town of San José in Caldas Department
San José is located in Colombia
San José
San José
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°5′24″N 75°47′24″W / 5.09000°N 75.79000°W / 5.09000; -75.79000Coordinates: 5°5′24″N 75°47′24″W / 5.09000°N 75.79000°W / 5.09000; -75.79000
Country  Colombia
Department Caldas Department
Foundation 1901
Government
 • Mayor Daniel Ancizar Henao Castaño
Area
 • Total 53.6 km2 (20.7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,710 m (5,610 ft)
Population
 • Total 7,480

San José is a town and municipality located in the western portion of the Colombian Department of Caldas. It was originally part of Risaralda Municipality until 1997, when it became an independent municipality within the Caldas Department. The municipality is part of the Lower Western District, 67 km from Manizales. Its name derives from the arrival of the founders on the day of Saint Joseph, March 19.[clarification needed]

The municipality is divided into 18 minor counties or veredas: Altomira, La Paz, Los Caimos, El Contento, Tamboral, Arrayanes, El Bosque, Morroazul, La Primavera, La Libertad, La Cienaga, La Estrella, Guaimaral, Vaticano, El Pacifico, La Morelia, Pueblo Rico and Buena Vista.

Tourism[edit]

  • Alto de la Cruz
  • Mount Buenavista
  • Monte Contento Changuí
  • Mounts of Lopez or the Peace
  • Our Lady of Carmen Temple
  • Old School of Saint Teresita
  • Every two years in October, the town celebrates the Myths and Legends holidays.


Borders[edit]

  • North: Risaralda
  • Northeast and east: Risaralda and Belalcázar
  • South: Belalcázar
  • West: Viterbo

Rivers[edit]

  • La Hermosa
  • La Mina
  • Barcelona
  • La Ángela
  • Changuí
  • La Habana
  • El Guamo

References[edit]

  • (Spanish) Así es mi Caldas, San José, "San José", page 83
  • (Spanish) San Jose website