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Bike path in Soacha
Bike path in Soacha
Flag of Soacha
Coat of arms of Soacha
Coat of arms
Latin: Sol omnibus lucet
(The sun shines equally over everyone)
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca
Soacha is located in Colombia
Location of Soacha in Cundinamarca
Coordinates: 04°35′14″N 74°13′17″W / 4.58722°N 74.22139°W / 4.58722; -74.22139Coordinates: 04°35′14″N 74°13′17″W / 4.58722°N 74.22139°W / 4.58722; -74.22139
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
Founded15 August 1600
Founded byLuis Enríquez
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorJuan Carlos Saldarriaga Gaviria
 • Municipality of Colombia184.45 km2 (71.22 sq mi)
 • Urban
19 km2 (7 sq mi)
2,565 m (8,415 ft)
 • Municipality of Colombia522,442
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density27,000/km2 (70,000/sq mi)
Area code(s)57 + 1
WebsiteOfficial website

Soacha is an autonomous municipality of the department of Cundinamarca, and part of the Metropolitan Area of Bogotá. It has an important industrial zone and is home to mostly working-class families. Soacha borders Bojacá and Mosquera to the north, Sibaté and Pasca to the south, to the east the capital Bogotá and to the west Granada and San Antonio del Tequendama.


With a population of 522,442 inhabitants (census 2005), it is one of the biggest cities in Cundinamarca .


The name Soacha is derived from the Chibcha words Súa, name of Sun god Sué, and chá which means "man"; "Man of the Sun". The original name Suecha has been changed to Soacha over time.[1]


Soacha was inhabited first by indigenous groups during the Herrera Period and later became an important village in the Muisca Confederation, the former country of the Muisca before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors. The zipa of Bacatá (now known as Bogotá) ruled over Soacha.

Modern Soacha was founded on 15th of August, 1600. It gained national notoriety after the presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán was assassinated on August 18, 1989 while visiting the city during his presidential campaign.

Also during 1989, the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 happened in Soacha, killing everyone on-board plus three Soacha residents. The bombing was planned by Cartel de Medellin leader Pablo Escobar, who intended to murder presidential candidate César Gaviria, who was supposed to be on board. Gaviria had decided not to fly and instead went on to become President of Colombia.

In 2008, the 'false positives' scandal broke when 22 men from Soacha who had been recruited for work were found dead several hundreds of miles away. They had been killed by the military and presented to authorities as guerrilla fighters (insurgents) killed in battle, in order to increase action head counts. Similar cases have since appeared all over the country.[2]

Modern development[edit]

Ciudad Verde is a development project for the lower middle class (estrato 3) residents of Soacha with housing, parks and playgrounds. The project started in 2010 and is scheduled to be finished at the end of 2016.


Soacha has a specific neighborhood name Soacha Parque and it is the most important place that most of the people that go to Bogota have to go. In Soacha Parque their specialty are different kind of traditional desserts, some of them are almojabanas and buñuelos, they are some kind of bread. Also, Soacha is famous because of the arequipe that is dulce de leche but arequipe is home version.

There is the largest logistics center in the coffee world.[3]

Born in Soacha[edit]

Arts and Culture[edit]


Netflix Triple Frontier [1]



  1. ^ (in Spanish) Official website Soacha
  2. ^ "In Colombia, 6 sentenced in 'false positives' death scheme". Los Angeles Times. June 14, 2012.
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  4. ^ "Luz Marina Bernal, la memoria de Colombia" [Luz Marina Bernal, the Memory of Colombia] (in Spanish). Oxfam Intermón. Retrieved 14 January 2019.

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