Municipality and town
View of Machetá
Location of the municipality and town inside Cundinamarca Department of Colombia
|Founded by||Miguel de Ibarra|
|• Mayor||Rafael Mauricio Forero Briceño|
|• Municipality and town||229.35 km2 (88.55 sq mi)|
|• Urban||5.35 km2 (2.07 sq mi)|
|Elevation||2,094 m (6,870 ft)|
|• Municipality and town||6,316|
|• Density||28/km2 (71/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Colombia Standard Time)|
Machetá is a municipality and town of Colombia in Almeidas Province of the department of Cundinamarca. Machetá is situated on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense at 82.6 kilometres (51.3 mi) from the capital Bogotá and 74.3 kilometres (46.2 mi) from Tunja. It borders Tibiritá and Manta in the east, Chocontá and Sesquilé in the west and Guatavita and Gachetá in the south.
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Machetá in the times before the Spanish conquest was inhabited by the Muisca, organized in their Muisca Confederation. Machetá was ruled by the zaque based in Hunza, currently known as the capital of Boyacá Department Tunja.
- ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Official website Machetá
- ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Espejo Olaya, Maria Bernarda (1999) Notas sobre toponimia en algunas coplas colombianas Thesaurus. Tomo LIV, Núm. 3. page 1120.
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