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Aguacatán
Municipality
Walkway over Rio San Juan, near the "Nacimiento"
Walkway over Rio San Juan, near the "Nacimiento"
Aguacatán is located in Guatemala
Aguacatán
Aguacatán
Location in Guatemala
Aguacatán is located in Huehuetenango
Aguacatán
Aguacatán
Coordinates: 15°20′26″N 91°18′50″W / 15.34056°N 91.31389°W / 15.34056; -91.31389
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Flag of Huehuetenango.gif Huehuetenango
Municipality Aguacatán
Government
 • Type Municipal
 • Mayor (2012-2020) Selvin Omar Villatoro RecinosVacant[1] (LIDER)
Area
 • Municipality 300 km2 (100 sq mi)
Elevation 1,670 m (5,480 ft)
Highest elevation 3,200 m (10,500 ft)
Lowest elevation 1,350 m (4,430 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[2]
 • Municipality 41,671
 • Urban 4,999
 • Ethnicities Awakatek, Mam, K'iche', Chalchitek, Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Climate Cwb
Website http://www.inforpressca.com/aguacatan/

Aguacatán (Spanish pronunciation: [aɣwakaˈtan]) is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Huehuetenango. It is situated at 1670m above sea level. It has a population of 41,000. It covers a terrain of 300km2.

Geography[edit]

Aguacatán is set in a mountainous area. From the central market, a walk of six blocks will put you in farmland.

Aguacatán was served primarily by dirt roads cutting through the mountains. The dirt road suffered from erosion, potholes and landslides. The paving of the roads to Huehuetenango and Sacapulas and Nebaj was completed in 2006. It now links Aguacatán to the Pan American Highway (near Huehuetenango), and to markets and opportunities for economic growth.

The Nacimiento del Rio San Juan is a natural spring where water pours up out of a small pool. The pool is surrounded by pipes that tap into the water supply. Irrigation from the spring explains the prolific agriculture in the area. The Nacimiento has a park with benches and a two-story observation area.

Demographics[edit]

Aguacatán is the only municipality in the world in which Awakateko is the native language. In outlying areas, even just a walk uphill to Aldea San Miguel or up the mountain road to Chex, the native language is K'iche'. Awakateko is spoken in some other aldeas, including Llano Coyote, near Rio San Juan. Awakateko and K'ichee' are both Mayan languages. Other languages spoken in the municipality are Mam and Chalchitek. Spanish is also spoken by most residents.

Principal religions are Roman Catholic and Evangelicalism.

Economy[edit]

A central market is open most days. Bus service connects Aguacatán to Huehuetenango and other cities. Internet and telephone services are available.

Poor economic conditions have prompted some residents to travel for work to other parts of Guatemala, and also to Mexico and the United States. Some have settled in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

History[edit]

Aguacatán suffered much violence during the Civil War, especially in the early 1980s. The aldea of Chex was attacked, and is now five sub-communities.

In the elections of December 30, 2003, 11 candidates challenged the incumbent mayor. The election results were disputed, a rally of most residents called for a new election, and the mayor closed city offices and operations for months.

Climate[edit]

Aguacatán has temperate climage (Köppen: Cfb).

Climate data for Aguacatán
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 23.6
(74.5)
24.6
(76.3)
26.5
(79.7)
26.8
(80.2)
26.3
(79.3)
25.0
(77)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77)
24.7
(76.5)
24.0
(75.2)
24.0
(75.2)
23.6
(74.5)
24.9
(76.83)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.0
(62.6)
17.6
(63.7)
19.3
(66.7)
19.8
(67.6)
19.9
(67.8)
19.6
(67.3)
19.1
(66.4)
19.0
(66.2)
19.0
(66.2)
18.5
(65.3)
17.9
(64.2)
17.3
(63.1)
18.67
(65.59)
Average low °C (°F) 10.5
(50.9)
10.7
(51.3)
12.1
(53.8)
12.9
(55.2)
13.6
(56.5)
14.2
(57.6)
13.5
(56.3)
13.1
(55.6)
13.3
(55.9)
13.1
(55.6)
11.8
(53.2)
11.1
(52)
12.49
(54.49)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 35
(1.38)
29
(1.14)
40
(1.57)
63
(2.48)
147
(5.79)
353
(13.9)
263
(10.35)
225
(8.86)
316
(12.44)
243
(9.57)
98
(3.86)
46
(1.81)
1,858
(73.15)
Source: Climate-Data.org[3]

Geographic location[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alcaldes electos en el departamento de Sololá". Municipalidades de Guatemala (in Spanish). Guatemala. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002. 
  3. ^ "Climate: Aguacatán". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b SEGEPLAN. "Municipios del departamento de Huehuetenango" (in Spanish). Guatemala. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 15°21′N 91°19′W / 15.350°N 91.317°W / 15.350; -91.317


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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:39:51 -0700

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