Aguacatán

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Aguacatán
Municipality
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Walkway over Rio San Juan, near the "Nacimiento"
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Aguacatán
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°20′26″N91°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
  Municipality287 km2 (111 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 2018) [2]
  Municipality49,607
  Density170/km2 (450/sq mi)
   Urban
8,084
  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 town and municipality in the Guatemalan department of Huehuetenango. It is situated at 1,670 metres (5,480 ft) above sea level. The municiality has a population of 49,607 (2018 census) and covers an area of 287 km².

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Geography

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

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

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

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

Aguacatán has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen: Cwb).

Climate data for Aguacatán
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
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
(77.0)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77.0)
24.7
(76.5)
24.0
(75.2)
24.0
(75.2)
23.6
(74.5)
24.9
(76.8)
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)
18.7
(65.6)
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
(52.0)
12.5
(54.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches)35
(1.4)
29
(1.1)
40
(1.6)
63
(2.5)
147
(5.8)
353
(13.9)
263
(10.4)
225
(8.9)
316
(12.4)
243
(9.6)
98
(3.9)
46
(1.8)
1,858
(73.3)
Source: Climate-Data.org [3]

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References

  1. "Alcaldes electos en el departamento de Sololá". Municipalidades de Guatemala (in Spanish). Guatemala. 12 October 2015. Archived from the original on October 12, 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. Citypopulation.de Population of departments and municipalities in Guatemala
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Coordinates: 15°21′N91°19′W / 15.350°N 91.317°W / 15.350; -91.317