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CASANARE
Inhabitant: Casanareño

Casanare is a region with beautiful landscapes and a great variety of plants and animals. It is also rich in oil and natural gas.
The Intendencia Nacional del Casanare was created in 1973. Before this date, it was part of the department of Boyacá. In 1991, Casanare became a department of Colombia.
Its land borders the departments of Arauca, Meta, Vichada, Boyacá and Cundinamarca. It spreads out over 44,640 square kilometres, which makes up 3.9 per cent of the national territory and 27 per cent of the Orinoco River region of Colombia.
The department of Casanare has sixteen ecosystems that cover the flooding plains, the higher plains, the Andean forests and moors.
Cattle raising is the most important economic activity in this department.
There are oil operations in the municipalities of Aguazul and Tauramena. The oil fields of Cusiana and Cupiagua have grown in importance in recent years and so has its agriculture. Rice, banana, yucca, sugar cane, fruit trees and cotton, are significant crops. The commercial activities and services are located in Yopal.
There are approximately 300,000 people living in the region. It has fairly large groups of natives such as the Achaguas, the Goahibos, the Salivas, the Tunebos and some others.
The Casanareño is an excellent hunter, artisan and fisherman, and an expert builder of caney (wall-less structures with roofs made from palm leafs).
The people of Casanare celebrate traditional religious festivals like Holy Week, the festival of “Santa Rita”, the day of the Holy Cross and Christmas.
Among their cultural expressions are the festival of el coleo and the joropo dance.

Capital: Yopal
Its name derives from the native Achagua word yopo, which means “heart”. The yopo is also a typical tree in the region.
The municipality was founded in 1942 at the foot of the Eastern cordillera (mountain range).
Yopal has nearly 95,000 people divided into different communities in rural and urban areas. In the urban area there are modern government buildings, cultural centres, educational institutions, recreational and business centres as well as different styles of churches.
The region has an immense variety of fauna, flora, water resources and is rich in hydrocarbons. It has great tourist and economic potential.





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The Anthem of Casanare
(In Spanish)

Lyrics and music: Isaac Tacha Niño

Chorus
Salve Casanare, gloria inmortal
eres el sendero de la libertad;
honor a tu raza, épico historial;
que escribió Bolívar allá en Boyacá
I
En tus lanzas la historia plasmó
los centauros de arrojo y valor,
que lucharon en cruenta batalla,
por Colombia y su emancipación.
II
Son tus hombres bondad y tesón,
tus mujeres ternura y candor,
los que buscan la luz del mañana,
que prodigue la paz y el amor
Chorus
Casanare, Casanare;
Dios bendiga tu gran población,
a tus ríos y tus tierras,
tus riquezas, tu bello folclor
(Chorus)
III
Cordillera, llanuras y sol,
son tus tierras regalo de Dios
donde crecen la fé y la esperanza
y se forja una patria mejor
IV
Por un escudo, tu himno y pendón,
lucharé y viviré con honor;
porque tú eres mi gran Casanare
esa tierra que Dios prometió.



       



Annual events

January:
Rice and National Pageant Festival (Aguazul)

February:
Festivals of the Virgin of the Candelaria (Orocué) The Sabana Festival,
Festivals of the Candelaria (Villanueva). The Furruco Festival (San Luis de Palenque).
Pilgrimage to the Virgin of Manare (Paz de Ariporo)

March:
El Rodeo Festival (Tauramena).

May:
Agro-industrial Fair (Yopal).

August:
National Student Festival of the Llanera Music (Yopal).

September:
The Garcero Festival.

October: Festival of the boyacense Integration (Yopal).

November:
Festival “Alma Sabanera” (Aguazul).

December:
International Tournament of Contrapuenteo and The Strong Voice “Cimarrón deOro” (Yopal) Agroindustrial Fair (Yopal),
Friendliness pageant , “coleo” festival and Evening festivals (Yopal).





Other Municipalities

Aguazul, La Salina, Monterrey, Orocué. Paz de Ariporo, Sabanalarga, Villanueva, Támara,
considered an architectural jewel and the coffee capital of Casanare.



Airports

El Yopal
– El Yopal.
Orocué – Orocué.
Paz de Ariporo – Paz de Ariporo.






     

  















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