Toro, Colombia

2023/11/25

Toro, Colombia, has a population of about 17,000. The town sits in the north of the Valle del Cauca department at the base of the Western Range of the Andes Mountains.

The Gorrone indigenous people inhabited the northern Valle del Cauca until the Spanish arrived. The new settlers started a town in 1573 in the neighboring Chocó department with the name Nuestra Señora de la Consolación de Toro. The word Toro was added because many of the founding soldiers were from Toro, Spain. The indigenous people didn't like the newcomers and attacked the town repeatedly. That caused the people to move the town to a district called El Bohío. In 1575, the Spanish King Phillip II recognized the foundation of the town. In 1587, the town was again moved but this time only one kilometer to the west. That location is the current location of Toro. In 1632, the town gained the status as a municipality. It was growing. Well, looking at the current population, one would say it never grew much.

Toro's economy is supported by agriculture—mostly sugar cane, corn, various fruits, and vegetables. There is nothing of interest to tourists unless you are really interested in seeing some old and not in good condition buildings that are easily 150 and more years old. The town has a soccer stadium, of course, and an old bullfighting ring, which I thought was a cock fighting ring, regardless, now it is a run-down, decrepit place with a volleyball court inside. Supposedly, there's a skate park but I've not seen it and I've walked just about every street in this town. I also can't find it using the satellite view of Google Maps.

Toro has a tropical savannah climate, the specific classification Af indicates it has no dry season, and there is significant rainfall throughout the year. The Af classification says every month averages at least 60 mm (2.4 inches) of precipitation. The average daytime high of 27° C (80° F), and the nightly average low of 19° C (66° F). The city sits at 960 meters (3150 feet). The average yearly rainfall amounts to 6406 mm (252 inches) of rain. The humidity is high, always between 88%-92%.

So, my impressions: Wikipedia talks about places that I think no longer exist and makes the town sound much better than it is. It has one very old church, very small, and I've never seen it open. Supposedly it contains many historical objects. I've been to this town many times and I think it's not a bad place, it's just not a special place.