Olintepeque

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Olintepeque
Xepau
Xekik'el
Municipality and town
Olintepeque is located in Guatemala
Olintepeque
Olintepeque
Coordinates: 14°53′N 91°31′W / 14.883°N 91.517°W / 14.883; -91.517
Country  Guatemala
Department Vlagquetzaltenango.gif Quetzaltenango
Area
 • Total 14 sq mi (36 km2)
Time zone Central Time (UTC+6)
Climate Cwb

Olintepeque (Spanish pronunciation: [olinteˈpeke]) is a municipality in the Quetzaltenango department of Guatemala, not far from the city of Quetzaltenango. It is located on the Xekik'el (or Xekikel) River.

Olintepeque is known for being the place where the legendary K'iche' king Tecún Umán died in single combat with the Spanish conquistador, Pedro de Alvarado on February 20, 1524. The river Xekik'el ("where the blood spread") takes its name from the famous battle.

The inhabitants of Olintepeque speak primarily Spanish and K'iche'. A chapel is dedicated to St John the Baptist and the folk saint San Pascualito.

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  • Hutchison, Peter (2003). Central America & Mexico 2004. Footprint Travel Guides. pp. 595–596. ISBN 1-903471-72-9. 

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Coordinates: 14°53′N 91°31′W / 14.883°N 91.517°W / 14.883; -91.517