Map of Bogotá River and its drainage basin
|Native name||Río Bogotá|
|Provinces||Almeidas, Central Savanna, Western Savanna, Tequendama, Upper Magdalena|
|⁃ elevation||3,300 m (10,800 ft)|
|Length||375 km (233 mi)|
|Basin size||6,000 km2 (2,300 sq mi)|
|⁃ average||31–41 m3/s (1,100–1,400 cu ft/s)|
|River system||Magdalena Basin|
The Bogotá River is a major river of the Cundinamarca department of Colombia, crossing the region from the northeast to the southwest and passing along the western limits of Bogotá. The large population and major industrial base in its watershed have resulted in extremely severe pollution problems for the river.
The Bogotá River is named after Bogotá, which is derived from Chibcha and means "(Enclosure) outside of the farm fields". In historical texts, and today the upstream part of, the Bogotá River is also called Funza River.
The headwaters of the Bogotá River are in the municipality of Villapinzón, in the northeastern part of Cundinamarca near the limits with Boyacá. It has a course of about 150 kilometres (93 mi) as it crosses the Bogotá savanna, passing through Zipaquirá and eleven small municipalities, before reaching the city of Bogotá. As it runs along the western border of the city, the river forms the outlet for the heavily polluted Salitre, Funza and Tunjuelito Rivers. After passing through the municipality of Soacha, the Bogotá River plunges off the savanna at the Tequendama Falls. It then follows a steep course, falling about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) in 50 kilometres (31 mi), to join the Magdalena River at Girardot.
The temperature average ranges from 24 to 27 °C (75 to 81 °F).
- List of rivers of Colombia
- Bogotá savanna, Tequendama – archaeological site, earliest inhabitation along the Bogotá River
- Tequendama Falls
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