Ixtlahuacán del Río

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Ixtlahuacán del Río
Municipality and city
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Ixtlahuacán del Río is located in Mexico
Ixtlahuacán del Río
Ixtlahuacán del Río
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°52′N 103°15′W / 20.867°N 103.250°W / 20.867; -103.250
Country  Mexico
State Jalisco
Area
 • Total 594.94 km2 (229.71 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 18,157

Ixtlahuacán del Rio is a town and municipality in the center of the Mexican state of Jalisco, a little less than 50 kilometers from state capital Guadalajara. It stands at 1,655 meters above sea level; the climate is semi-arid, with a mild winter and an average annual temperature of 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit).

Pre-Hispanic antecedents of Ixtlahuacán del Río[edit]

Ixtlahuacán is a word of Nahuatl origin; the name means "flat place". It was founded by Toltecs approximately 610; it is hard to be certain of the exact date of founding, because none of the groups who inhabited the region — Tecuexes, Tepehuanes, Coanes, Cazcanos, and Zacatecos — had a written language in this period.

Coordinates: 20°52′N 103°15′W / 20.867°N 103.250°W / 20.867; -103.250