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Municipality and town
Central square of Tabio
Central square of Tabio
Flag of Tabio
Official seal of Tabio
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
Tabio is located in Colombia
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 4°54′57″N 74°5′54″W / 4.91583°N 74.09833°W / 4.91583; -74.09833Coordinates: 4°54′57″N 74°5′54″W / 4.91583°N 74.09833°W / 4.91583; -74.09833
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceCentral Savanna Province
Founded8 April 1603
Founded byDiego Gómez de Mena
 • MayorRubén Darío Acero García
 • Municipality and town74.5 km2 (28.8 sq mi)
 • Urban
0.43 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
2,569 m (8,428 ft)
 • Municipality and town27,033
 • Density360/km2 (940/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)
WebsiteOfficial website

Tabio is a municipality and town of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. It is located at 45 km (28 mi) from Bogotá. The town was officially founded April 8, 1603, by Diego Gómez de Mena, on grounds that were the property of the native Muisca who inhabited the area. Tabio borders Zipaquirá in the north, Cajicá in the east, Subachoque in the west and Tenjo in the south.[1]


The name Tabio comes from the Chibcha word Teib meaning "dent" or "hole", which refers to its geographical location, next to the mouth of the Río Frío (also called Sinca).[1]


The Muisca occupied the current location of Tabio before the Spanish conquest, and were largely devoted to agriculture. The Muisca tribe comprised two confederations of small tribes, the Hunza of the northern area, whose sovereign was called zaque, and the Bacatá of the southern area, whose sovereign was the zipa, and which included the territory of Tabio.

The natural hot springs in Tabio were famous among the Muisca, and they were said to have a temple there devoted to the Goddess of Waters. Under the Spanish conquest, the native Muisca were expropriated and the area was put under a colonial rule that issued the foundation of Tabio in 1603.[1]


Secondary and tertiary economic sectors are relatively underdeveloped in Tabio. Main industrial crops are devoted to floriculture. Potatoes, corn, peas, and carrots are also cultivated.[1]


Tabio is well known for its natural hot springs, which are said to have therapeutic properties. It is also known for the annual festival of torbellino, a traditional Andean Colombian dance.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e (in Spanish) Official website Tabio