|• Mayor||Elder Vargas Estrada|
|• Municipality||78 km2 (30 sq mi)|
|Elevation||120 m (390 ft)|
|Population (Census 2002)|
|• Religions||Catholicism, Evangelicalism|
Zacapa is a city in eastern Guatemala, along the Río Grande de Zacapa. It is renowned locally for its manual crafting of cigars, hard dry cheese and a flavored cake made with said cheese (Quezadilla).
Zacapa is also the name of the departmental capital department of Zacapa and the municipal seat of Zacapa municipality. As of 1850, the population was approximately 3,000. The population for the whole department of Zacapa as of the year 2000 is estimated at 212,794, 94.09% are non-indigenous (mostly of European ancestry or Mestizos), only about 4.39% are Indigenous.
As with most of Guatemala, Zacapa suffers pollution problems. There is a pronounced dry season, often marked by more than two months without rain, which worsens the air quality of the region tremendously. The region's flat areas are known for their loud insects, called chicharras, which chirp in the fields and along the roads during the dry season.
Zacapa is mainly a rural area that contains a large amount of flat land used mostly to grow cantaloupe, tobacco and roma tomatoes. Bordering the Zacapa valley is the Sierra de las Minas, which harbors fine hardwood forests, and contains marble mines and coffee plantations. Some of the world's finest jade is also found in this area.
- Zacapa rum, a brand named for this city.
- "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002.
- Baily, John (1850). Central America; Describing Each of the States of Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. London: Trelawney Saunders. p. 88.