Tuta, Boyacá

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Municipality and town
Church of Tuta
Church of Tuta
Flag of Tuta
Location of the municipality and town of Tuta in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Tuta in the Boyacá Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Boyacá Department
Province Central Boyacá Province
Founded 4 June 1776
Founded by Miguel Sánchez and Juan Rodríguez Parra
 • Mayor Elkín Rincón
 • Municipality and town 165 km2 (64 sq mi)
 • Urban 0.782 km2 (0.302 sq mi)
Elevation 2,600 m (8,500 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Municipality and town 9,673
 • Density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,665
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Website Official website

Tuta is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of the Central Boyacá Province. Tuta is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at a distance of 26 kilometres (16 mi) from the department capital Tunja. It borders Paipa, Pesca and Firavitoba in the east, Cómbita in the west, Sotaquirá and Paipa in the north and Chivatá, Toca and Oicatá in the south.[1]


The area of Tuta before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Tuta tribe who belonged to the Muisca who were organized in their loose Muisca Confederation. Ruler of the northern territories was the zaque of Hunza, modern day Tunja, who also reigned over Tuta. The Muisca spoke Chibcha and in that now extinct language Tuta means "Borrowed farmlands" or "Property of the Sun".[1][2]

Modern Tuta was properly founded on June 4, 1776, by Miguel Sánchez and Juan Rodríguez Parra.[1]


The economy of Tuta is centered on agriculture, livestock farming and mining. Agricultural products are potatoes, barley, beans, maize, peas, onions and fruits. Mining consists of gypsum, coal, oil, kaolin, iron ore and sulphur. On the Alto de Ginua hill emeralds were discovered.[1]

Born in Tuta[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d (Spanish) Official website Tuta
  2. ^ (Spanish) Etymology Tuta - Excelsio.net

Coordinates: 5°42′N 73°14′W / 5.700°N 73.233°W / 5.700; -73.233