Vaupés Department

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Department of Vaupés

Departamento del Vaupés
Flag of Department of Vaupés
Flag
Coat of arms of Department of Vaupés
Coat of arms
Vaupés shown in red
Vaupés shown in red
Topography of the department
Topography of the department
Coordinates: 1°12′N 70°10′W / 1.200°N 70.167°W / 1.200; -70.167Coordinates: 1°12′N 70°10′W / 1.200°N 70.167°W / 1.200; -70.167
Country Colombia
RegionAmazonía Region
EstablishedJuly 4, 1991
CapitalMitú
Area
 • Total54,135 km2 (20,902 sq mi)
Population
 (2013)[3]
 • Total42,817
 • Density0.79/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-VAU
Municipalities6
Websitewww.vaupes.gov.co

Vaupés is a department in Colombia. Its capital is Mitú. It borders Brazil on the east.

Because of its location in the Amazon jungle, it has no roads connecting it with the rest of the country or internally from settlement to settlement. Commerce and contact with the outside world is done through travel along the main rivers and by means of air travel. Several of the small settlements have airstrips with service to the department's capital, Mitú.[4]

Administrative divisions[change | change source]

Because of its small population and vast extension of land, Vaupés only has 3 municipalities. Other sections of the Department were classified as an especial type of Corregimiento, which has certain hybrid functions.

Municipalities[change | change source]

  1. Caruru
  2. Mitú
  3. Taraira

Department Corregimientos[change | change source]

  1. Pacoa
  2. Papunahua
  3. Yavarate

Municipal Corregimientos[change | change source]

  1. Acaricuara
  2. Villa Fátima

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nuestro Departamento: Información general". Gobernación del Vaupés. Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. "Vaupés, Department of". Historical Dictionary of Colombia. Scarecrow Press. 2012. p. 291. ISBN 978-0-8108-7813-6.
  3. "DANE". Archived from the original on November 13, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
  4. (in Spanish) Finagro; Vaupes Department