San Juan Ixcoy

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San Juan Ixcoy
Municipality
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San Juan Ixcoy
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°36′0″N91°27′0″W / 15.60000°N 91.45000°W / 15.60000; -91.45000
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Flag of Huehuetenango.gif Huehuetenango
Municipality San Juan Ixcoy
Government
  Type Municipal
Area
  Municipality 224 km2 (86 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,000 m (7,000 ft)
Lowest elevation 1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Population (Census 2002) [1]
  Municipality 19,367
   Urban 2,185
  Ethnicities Q'anjob'al (90%), Mam (7%), Akatek (2%), Ladino (1%)
  Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Climate Cwb
Website Municipal site

San Juan Ixcoy is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Huehuetenango. The municipality covers an area of 224 km² and is formed by the town of San Juan Ixcoy, 11 villages and 33 caserios (rural communities). Its population of 19,367 (in 2002) [1] is predominantly of Maya Q'anjob'al descent. [2]

Municipality An administrative division having corporate status and usually some powers of self-government or jurisdiction

A municipality is usually a single urban administrative division having corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subordinate. It is to be distinguished (usually) from the county, which may encompass rural territory or numerous small communities such as towns, villages and hamlets.

Guatemala republic in Central America

Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, Belize and the Caribbean to the northeast, Honduras to the east, El Salvador to the southeast and the Pacific Ocean to the south. With an estimated population of around 16.6 million, it is the most populated country in Central America. Guatemala is a representative democracy; its capital and largest city is Nueva Guatemala de la Asunción, also known as Guatemala City.

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Guatemala is divided into 22 departments which are in turn divided into 340 municipalities.

San Juan Ixcoy is located in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes range and borders with the municipalities of Soloma and Santa Eulalia in the North, Chiantla in the South and Nebaj in the East.

Sierra de los Cuchumatanes

The Sierra de los Cuchumatanes is the highest non-volcanic mountain range in Central America. Its elevations range from 500 m (1,600 ft) to over 3,800 m (12,500 ft), and it covers a total area of c. 16,350 km2 (6,310 sq mi). With an area of 1,500 km2 (580 sq mi) situated above 3,000 m (9,800 ft), it is also the most extensive highland region in Central America. The Sierra de los Cuchumatanes is located in western Guatemala in the departments of Huehuetenango and El Quiché. Its western and south-western borders are marked by the Seleguá River, which separates it from the Sierra Madre volcanic chain. Its southern border is defined by the Río Negro, which flows into the Chixoy River, which turns northwards and separates the Cuchumatanes from the mountains in the Alta Verapaz region. The highest peaks, which reach up to 3,837 m (12,589 ft), are located in the department of Huehuetenango.

Santa Eulalia also known as Jolom Konob' is a municipality located in the north-east of the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Central America. This town is rich in culture and traditions. The majority of people here speak the Q'anjob'al language.

Chiantla Municipality in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Chiantla is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Huehuetenango. It is situated at 2,000m above sea level. It covers a terrain of 536km2. The annual festival is on January 28.

Milpa fields in the Guatemalan highlands with maize, beans and squash Milpa in Quiche Guatemala.JPG
Milpa fields in the Guatemalan highlands with maize, beans and squash

Most households depend on subsistence agricultural and produce maize, beans and ayote (Cucurbita argyrosperma), as well as potatoes, wheat, and horticultural products. Artesanal production of textiles and traditional crafts adds to household income. Other economic activities include labour migration to the large plantations on the Guatemalan south coast and in some cases to the United States. [3]

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Coordinates: 15°36′N91°27′W / 15.600°N 91.450°W / 15.600; -91.450

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