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Ibagué

Ibague
Administration
Full nameIbagué
Official nameIbagué
Settlement typeMunicipality
CountryColombia
RegionAndean Region
DepartmentDepartment of Tolima
FoundationOctober 14, 1550
Government
MayorJesús María Botero Gutiérrez
Geography
Total Area578.2 sq mi (1498 km2)
Elevation4215.9 ft (1285 m)
Demography
Total Population498401 (2005)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)468647
Other information
Time zoneEastern Time Zone (UTC-5)

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Ibagué is the capital of the department of Tolima in Colombia. It is situated 1,285 m (4,216 ft) above sea level, on the eastern slopes of the Cordillera Central between the Chipalo and Combeima rivers, tributaries of the Coello River. It is on the road from Bogotá to Cali near the high mountain pass known as "La Línea" ("The Line") which connects the interandean valleys of Magdalena and Cauca rivers; as a result, the city has become an important commercial center and road transport hub. The fertile surrounding countryside produces coffee, cacao, tobacco, sugarcane, and rice. Ibagué is widely regarded as the "Musical City of Colombia" due to its long tradition in offering advanced musical education and its rich schedule of musical events during the year.


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