Chisec is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz that was founded in 1813. It is situated at 230m above sea level at 15°48′45″N 90°17′18″W / 15.812570°N 90.288391°WCoordinates: 15°48′45″N 90°17′18″W / 15.812570°N 90.288391°W. The municipality covers a territory of 1488 km². Approximately 95% of the municipality's inhabitants are Mayan, spread over the town of Chisec and approximately 140 communities. (There used to be closer to 240 communities, but a number of these have officially split off to the new municipality of Raxruha, created by the Guatemalan Congress in 2008.) Q'eqchi' is widely spoken there alongside Spanish.