Valle del Cauca

department of Colombia

Valle del Cauca is one of the 32 departments of Colombia. It is in the southwest of the country, being parts of the Andean Region and Pacific Region. It is named after the valley of the Cauca River. Its capital is Cali.

Valle del Cauca Department
Departamento del Valle del Cauca
Flag of Valle del Cauca Department
Coat of arms of Valle del Cauca Department
Valle del Cauca shown in red
Valle del Cauca shown in red
Coordinates: 3°25′N 76°31′W / 3.417°N 76.517°W / 3.417; -76.517
RegionAndean Region/Pacific Region
Established16 April 1910
 • GovernorUbeimar Delgado
 • Total22,140 km2 (8,550 sq mi)
 • Rank23rd
 • Total4,520,166
 • Rank3rd
 • Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-05
ISO 3166 codeCO-VAC

Valle del Cauca is known for being the powerhouse department of the Pacific and contains the important coastal city known for its seaports: Buenaventura. Valle del Cauca also has important inland cities known for Salsa Dancing and culture: Buga, Toro, and Cali. Cali is also known for its Sancocho soup made with chicken, potatoes, yuca, corn, cilantro/coriander and plantain, and for being the capital of football in Colombia.

This department also houses the highest Human Development Index and some of the highest GDP per capita in the country.


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