San Agustín Lanquín

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San Agustín Lanquín
Municipality
Catholic Church of Lanquín
Catholic Church of Lanquín
San Agustín Lanquín is located in Guatemala
San Agustín Lanquín
San Agustín Lanquín
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°34′33″N 89°58′52″W / 15.57583°N 89.98111°W / 15.57583; -89.98111
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Alta Verapaz
Municipality Lanquín
Founded 1540
Government
 • Type Municipal
Area
 • Total 208 km2 (80 sq mi)
Elevation 380 m (1,250 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[1]
 • Total 16,546
 • Ethnicities Q'eqchi' (95%), Ladino (5%)
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Website www.inforpressca.com/lanquin

San Agustín Lanquín (Spanish pronunciation: [san aɣusˈtin laŋˈkin]), often referred to simply as Lanquín, is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. It is situated at 380 m above sea level. It contains 16,500 people, many of Q'eqchi' Maya descent. It covers an area of 208 km².

A large cave complex, known as Grutas de Lanquín is situated just 1 km west of the town, and 11 km south of Lanquín is the Cahabón River and its natural monument Semuc Champey. Lanquín is often used as starting point for trips to Semuc Champey.

Cahabón River near Lanquin
Landscape with cabin in Lanquin

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Coordinates: 15°34′N 89°58′W / 15.567°N 89.967°W / 15.567; -89.967