San Juan Ixcoy

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San Juan Ixcoy
Municipality
San Juan Ixcoy is located in Guatemala
San Juan Ixcoy
San Juan Ixcoy
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°36′0″N 91°27′0″W / 15.60000°N 91.45000°W / 15.60000; -91.45000
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department 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
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]

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.

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′N 91°27′W / 15.600°N 91.450°W / 15.600; -91.450