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La Calera is a municipality and town of Colombia in the Guavio Province, part of the department of Cundinamarca. La Calera is a common weekend destination, mainly for the many restaurants, as it is approximately 18km over land from Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia. La Calera is located in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes, east of the capital and overlooking part of it. La Calera borders Guasca, Sopó and Chía in the north, Guasca in the east, Bogotá in the west and Choachí and Bogotá in the south.EtymologyThe name of the town is derived from the limestone mine, called calera.HistoryThe area of La Calera was before the Spanish conquest inhabited by the Muisca. La Calera, just behind the mountains bordering Bacatá was ruled by the zipa based in the southern capital.Modern La Calera was founded on December 16, 1772 by Pedro de Tovar y Buendía.EconomyMain economical activity in La Calera is cement mining. The geological formation outcropping in the municipality is the Guaduas Formation. La Calera is in Cundinamarca Department. Take stress off the schedule by using our Colombia road trip site.
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