VAUPES, C0L0MBIA  -  SOUTH AMERICA  
Español
Français





AMAZONAS
ANTIOQUIA
ARAUCA
ATLÁNTICO
BOLÍVAR
BOYACÁ
CALDAS
CAQUETÁ
CASANARE
CAUCA
CESAR
CHOCÓ
CÓRDOBA
CUNDINAMARCA
   BOGOTA DC

GUAINÍA
GUAVIARE
HUILA
LA GUAJIRA
MAGDALENA
META
NARIÑO
NORTE
DE SANTANDER

PUTUMAYO
QUINDÍO
RISARALDA
SANTANDER
SUCRE
TOLIMA
VALLE DEL
CAUCA

VAUPÉS
VICHADA

Islands
SAN ANDRÉS
PROVIDENCIA
SANTA
CATALINA


The Amazon Region

VAUPES
Inhabitant: Vaupense

The department was created by virtue of the 1991 Constitution.
It is situated in the Amazonian region of south-eastern Colombia.
Its landscapes are of extraordinary beauty and its climate reaches a temperature of 29 degrees Celsius. In September, cold winds refresh the environment.
Plains, prairies and jungle make up 90 per cent of the land. Plateaus are scarce and there are few hills. Its surface covers an area of 65,268 square kilometers.
Vaupes is bordered by the departments of Guaviare and Guainía in the north, by the department of Amazonas in the south, in the east by the Republic of Brazil and the department of Guainía and in the west by Caquetá and Guaviare.
Several rivers run through the department, such as the Vaupés River, the Apaporis, the Taraira, the Querarí, the Cuduyarí, the Isana and the Pacoa.
Vaupés' population is nearly 35,000.

Eighty per cent of its inhabitants are aboriginal groups, who belong to the Cubeos, Guananos, Desanos and Tukano tribes. The rest of the population is mixed racially between natives and Spaniards. There are also some groups of Caucasians.
The department's main source of income comes from the gold and uranium mining industry as well as the exploitation lumber. It used to be a big producer of rubber, but as the world's use of this product diminished, its production finished too.
Transportation is done mainly by plane, since rapids and turbulent waters make navigation on the rivers quite difficult. There is just one road between Mitú (its capital) and Monfort, a small town on the Brazil border.
Vaupés' native fauna is comprised of diverse wild animals: toninas, tigers, pumas, water dogs, otters, deer, limpets, chigüiros , wild boars, a great variety of monkeys, aligators, snakes, turtles, beautiful butterflies and birds like the toucan, This great diversity of flora and fauna make this land very attractive for tourists.


Capital:  Mitu

The Capital of Vaupes was founded by Miguel Raven Araoz in 1936. It currently has about 18,000 inhabitants.
The main economic activities of the municipality are services, fishing, forestry and agriculture. Among the tourist attractions are prehistoric carvings, caves and parks and, of course, the Vaupense, cordial an welcoming people.
Mitú has a good airport to bring supplies from the department's other regions.


 


Aboriginal Group
 


The Flag of
Vaupes



The Emblem of
the Department
Vaupes




Musical Instruments
from Vaupes



 
























The Anthem of Vaupes
(In Spanish)

Lyrics and music:
Monsignor Gerardo Valencia

Chorus
Vaupés, Vaupés, tierra brava
de la selva y del raudal
Vaupés, Vaupés, en tus aguas
se oye el toque de un clarín
Vaupés, Vaupés, no te busquen
los que no saben luchar,
Que a tus selvas se entra
siempre con coraje,
a tus ríos con bravura
y a tu corazón con fe.

I
Soy de Inírida y Guaviare
del Isana y Papurí.
Sé el secreto del curare
y del cruel Yuruparí.
Tengo una grande maloca
donde a mi abuelo enterré,
todo huésped que allí toca
siempre encuentra qué comer.



Other Villages

Taraira, Carurú
and Villa Fatima, Pacoa, Papaunahua, Yavarate and Acaricuara.



Airports

Mitu
– Mitu.
Taraira – Taraira.






II
Soy un hijo de la selva,
un hermano del tucán.
Mi carcaj abunda en flechas
yde hevea el siringal.
Soy tukano, selva mía
y te quiero con furor.
Yo por ti morir podría
y me muero por tu honor.
III
Hasta ayer sólo cantaba
en mis fiestas a Watí,
y en su honor feliz brindaba
espumoso cchirí.
Hoy en toda mitazaba
brilla el signo de la cruz
Y ante un solo nombre tiemblo,
ente el nombre de Jesús
IV
Si Colombia en mí pensara
con materno corazón,
de explotado me tocara
en un ínclito varón.
Tengo sesos, tengo bríos
y ambición de engrandecer
¡Ay! Colombia, patria mía,
no me dejes perecer.



















Back to colombia-sa
The Capital of Colombia  || Departments  ||   Music  ||   Money  ||   Maps
Facts  ||   National Symbols  ||   Miscellaneous  ||   » Contact us «