Chiantla

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Chiantla
Municipality
Municipal palace of Chiantla
Municipal palace of Chiantla
Chiantla is located in Guatemala
Chiantla
Chiantla
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°21′0″N 91°27′0″W / 15.35000°N 91.45000°W / 15.35000; -91.45000
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Flag of Huehuetenango.gif Huehuetenango
Municipality Chiantla
Government
 • Type Municipal
Area
 • Municipality 536 km2 (207 sq mi)
Elevation 2,000 m (7,000 ft)
Highest elevation 3,800 m (12,500 ft)
Lowest elevation 1,900 m (6,200 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality 74,978
 • Urban 7,737
 • Ethnicities Ladino, Mam
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Climate Cwb
Website http://www.inforpressca.com/chiantla/

Chiantla (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtʃjantla]) is a municipality in the Guatemalan department of Huehuetenango. It is situated at 2,000m above sea level. It covers a terrain of 536km2. The annual festival is on January 28.

Geography[edit]

The city of Chiantla is located within the Northwest sector of the department of Huehuetenango. It sits in the mountainside above the city of Huehuetenango, approximately 2 hours from the Mexican border.

Climate[edit]

At an altitude of approximately 2000m, Chiantla has a climate similar to that of Antigua, though with the extra 600m above sea level it is often a little chillier in the night. The rainy season is from May to October, with mornings starting out warm and humid, followed by heavy rains - and even hail - in the afternoons, which usually dissipate by evening.

Population[edit]

The inhabitants of the city are mostly ladino, it is common to hear the languages of Popti, Canjobal, Chuj, and Mam being spoken by street venders, shoppers and residents.

Economy[edit]

Mining[edit]

Lead production was noted in the area in 1850.[2] Modern exploration of the Chiantla mining district by Firestone Ventures, a Canadian firm headquartered in Edmonton, has produced a promising prospect for a lead,zinc,silver open pit mine at its Torlon Hill Zinc-Lead-Silver Project west of Chiantla at the site of the Cinco Hermanos workings.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002. 
  2. ^ Baily, John (1850). Central America; Describing Each of the States of Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. London: Trelawney Saunders. p. 85. 
  3. ^ "FIRESTONE VENTURES IN GUATEMALA" (PDF). www.firestoneventures.com. Firestone Ventures, Inc. February 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 15°21′N 91°27′W / 15.350°N 91.450°W / 15.350; -91.450