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Duitama

Duitama
Administration
Full nameDuitama
Official nameDuitama
CountryColombia
DepartmentBoyacá
ProvinceTundama Province
Founded1556 - 1775 (Doctrinal Center)
EstablishedJuly 27, 1819
Government
TypeMunicipality
MayorFrancklyn Alfredo Rincon Galvis
Geography
Total Area71.8 sq mi (186 km2)
Elevation8300.5 ft (2530 m)
Demography
Total Population120000 (2007)
Density (pop.)645.1/km2 (1670.8/sq mi)

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Duitama (-esdwiˈtama) is a city and municipality in Boyacá Department, part of the Tundama Province, a subregion of Boyaca, Colombia. It is located some 170 kilometres northeast of Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia and 55 kilometres northest of Tunja, the capital city of Boyaca. Duitama has existed since pre-Columbian times. According to the local oral tradition, the city was founded by the Muisca Chief Tundama. The city has a population of about 120,000 people. The elevation of the city is around 2,532 m above sea level and the average temperature is 18°C (65°F). Duitama is known as "The Pearl of Boyacá".


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