Buenavista is a municipality in the south-central part of the department of Quindio, Colombia. It is known and named for the spectacular view over the department. The township is located 33 km south of the departmental capital Armenia.
In 2005 it had an estimated population of 5,800, of which 2,100 live in the urban center. It is the smallest municipality by population in Quindio.
Buenavista is situated in the western slopes on the central Cordillera and is characterized by its steep terrain. It is bounded to the north and west by Calarca, to the east by Cordoba with the Verde River forming the limit, and to the south by Pijao. It has an area of 41 km, the smallest municipality in the department.
The main town is located at , at an altitude of 1,483 metres, with an area of 14 hectares.
Among the first settlers in the region was Jose Jesus Jimenez Yepez in 1928, who opened a store to buy coffee from the surrounding fincas and to sell basic supplies. The nearby farmers bought lots of land in the area around the store and constructed their homes there, forming a small settlement. Gerardo Loaiza donated the land to form the principal park.
The official foundation date is considered to be 1933. In that year a police inspector was assigned to the settlement. Jimenez donated land for further development, including the site on which the church was constructed.
In 1936 the settlement was elevated to the level of a town (corregimiento) in the municipality of Pijao. On December 10 1966, shortly after the formation of the department of Quindio, the municipality was separated from Pijao.
ESAQUIN (2002), Datos y estadisticas generales, [*].
Information in Spanish on the water and waste water infrastructure in eight municipalities in Quindio, including some general geographical information.
Loaiza Piedrahita, Oscar (2004), Los corredores del tiempo: Guia turistica por la historia del Quindio. ISBN 958-33-7088-6. Book in Spanish on the history of the municipalities of Quindio until the foundation of the department in 1966. The local history is placed in the context of wider events in Colombia.
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