Tota, Boyacá

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Municipality and town
Monument honouring the weavers, Tota
Monument honouring the weavers, Tota
Flag of Tota
Location of the municipality and town of Tota in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Tota in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Sugamuxi Province
Founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada
 • Mayor Edgar Antonio Moreno Chaparro
 • Municipality and town 314 km2 (121 sq mi)
Elevation 2,870 m (9,420 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 5,386
 • Density 17/km2 (44/sq mi)
 • Urban 559
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Tota is a town and municipality in the department of Boyacá, Colombia, part of the Sugamuxi Province. Tota is located approximately 40 km from Sogamoso and the municipality borders in the north Cuítiva, Aquitania in the east, Zetaquirá and San Eduardo in the south and westward of Tota the municipality of Pesca is located.[1] Nearby and named after the village is Lake Tota, the largest lake of Colombia.


Before the Spanish conquest of the central highlands of Colombia (Altiplano Cundiboyacense), the area around Tota was inhabited by the Muisca, ruled by the zaque of Hunza, currently known as Tunja. In the Chibcha language of the Muisca, Tota means "tillage of the river".[2]

The first European to enter the territories of the northern Muisca Confederation was Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.


The economical activities of Tota are mainly agriculture (potatoes, carrots, peas, onions and others), livestock farming, mining and tourism (Lake Tota).[1]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b (Spanish) Official website Tota - accessed 02-05-2016
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Tota - accessed 02-05-2016

Coordinates: 5°34′N 72°59′W / 5.567°N 72.983°W / 5.567; -72.983