Mariquita is a town and municipality in the Tolima department of Colombia, about north of 180 km from Bogota. This town and municipality contains several very Important Spanish settlements were located here due to its vicinity to the Magdalena river. Today, Mariquita is frequented by tourists from the capital which are attracted to its natural diversity, like the Medina Waterfalls (Las Cataratas de Medina), the house of coinage (la casa de la moneda). It was the place of death of the Spanish Conqueror Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada and today it is home of large hotels and haciendas, among them is La Villa de los Caballeros .
The population of the municipality was 32,642 as of the 2005 [*] census.
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