Villeta, Cundinamarca

Villeta
Municipality and town
Bocatoma waterfall in Villeta
Bocatoma waterfall in Villeta
Flag of Villeta
Flag
Official seal of Villeta
Seal
Location of Villeta in Cundinamarca
Location of Villeta in Cundinamarca
Villeta is located in Colombia
Villeta
Villeta
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 5°0′29.91″N 74°28′25.61″W / 5°0′29.91″N 74°28′25.61″W / 5.0083083; -74.4737806
Country Colombia
Department Cundinamarca
ProvinceGualivá
Founded29 September 1551
Founded byAlonso de Olalla & Hernando de Alcocer
Government
 • MayorJhon Alexander Morera Gutiérrez
(2016-2019)
Area
 • Total140.7 km2 (54.3 sq mi)
Elevation850 m (2,790 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total25,164
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneColombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
WebsiteOfficial website

Villeta is a municipality and town in Cundinamarca (Colombia), located in Gualivá Province, approximately 84 kilometres (52 mi) northwest of Bogota, considered the capital of the province. Its name means "Little Village". The municipality borders Quebradanegra and Nimaima in the north, Nocaima and Sasaima in the east, Albán and Vianí in the south and Guaduas in the west. It is situated at an altitude of 850 metres (2,790 ft) in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes[1]

History

The region of Villeta before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Panche. Modern Villeta was founded as Villa de San Miguel on September 29, 1551 by Alonso de Olalla and Hernando de Alcocer.[2]

Main economic activities in Villeta are related with sugar cane derivatives and as an important tourist center for people from Bogotá due to its warm climate, including ecologic trails, cascades and hotels.

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