Raxruha

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Raxruhá
Municipality
Raxruhá is located in Guatemala
Raxruhá
Raxruhá
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 15°51′59.584″N 90°2′32.719″W / 15.86655111°N 90.04242194°W / 15.86655111; -90.04242194Coordinates: 15°51′59.584″N 90°2′32.719″W / 15.86655111°N 90.04242194°W / 15.86655111; -90.04242194
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Bandera de Alta Verapaz.svg Alta Verapaz
Municipality Raxruhá
Government
 • Type Municipal
 • Mayor Guillermo Reyes Volvito (UCN)
Area
 • Land 533 km2 (206 sq mi)
Population
 • Total ±35,000
 • Ethnicities Q'eqchi', Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Climate Af

Raxruhá is a municipality in the north of the Guatemalan department of Alta Verapaz. The municipality, which was formerly part of Chisec, was founded in 2008. [1][2]

History[edit]

Franja Transversal del Norte[edit]

Raxruhá is located in Guatemala
Raxruhá
Raxruhá
Location of Raxruhá in Franja Transversal del Norte

The Northern Transversal Strip was officially created during the government of General Carlos Arana Osorio in 1970, by Legislative Decree 60-70, for agricultural development.[3] The decree literally said: "It is of public interest and national emergency, the establishment of Agrarian Development Zones in the area included within the municipalities: San Ana Huista, San Antonio Huista, Nentón, Jacaltenango, San Mateo Ixtatán, and Santa Cruz Barillas in Huehuetenango; Chajul and San Miguel Uspantán in Quiché; Cobán, Chisec -whom Raxruhá belonged at the time-, San Pedro Carchá, Lanquín, Senahú, Cahabón and Chahal, in Alta Verapaz and the entire department of Izabal."[4]

Municipality formation[edit]

The municipality of Raxruhá was formed in 2008, from territory that once belonged to Chisec municipality.

Tourism[edit]

Raxruhá's main tourist attraction are the Candelaria Caves, which consist of a large system of natural cave formations at the transition between low land and mountainside between Chisec and Raxruhá municipalities. The caves are famous not only for their natural beauty but for the significance they had for the Mayan culture.[5]

Candelaria caves

Climate[edit]

Raxruhá has tropical climate (Köppen: Af).

Climate data for Raxruhá
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.3
(79.3)
28.4
(83.1)
29.8
(85.6)
31.6
(88.9)
31.6
(88.9)
31.8
(89.2)
30.0
(86)
30.4
(86.7)
30.4
(86.7)
29.6
(85.3)
27.8
(82)
26.8
(80.2)
29.54
(85.16)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.5
(72.5)
23.5
(74.3)
25.1
(77.2)
26.5
(79.7)
27.1
(80.8)
27.4
(81.3)
26.2
(79.2)
26.4
(79.5)
26.3
(79.3)
25.7
(78.3)
24.0
(75.2)
22.5
(72.5)
25.27
(77.48)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
18.6
(65.5)
20.5
(68.9)
21.4
(70.5)
22.6
(72.7)
23.0
(73.4)
22.5
(72.5)
22.4
(72.3)
22.2
(72)
21.8
(71.2)
20.3
(68.5)
18.3
(64.9)
21.03
(69.85)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 138
(5.43)
74
(2.91)
79
(3.11)
88
(3.46)
189
(7.44)
318
(12.52)
335
(13.19)
258
(10.16)
301
(11.85)
278
(10.94)
203
(7.99)
159
(6.26)
2,420
(95.26)
Source: Climate-Data.org[6]

Geographic location[edit]

Rahruhá is immersed in between Chisec and Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, which both Alta Verapaz Department municipalities.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Raxruhá: solo esperan una firma". Prensa Libre. 
  2. ^ "Decreto Número 10-2008". Diario de Centroamérica, 25 de marzo de 2008, No. 97 Tomo CCLXXXIM. 
  3. ^ "Franja Transversal del Norte". Wikiguate. Guatemala. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Solano 2012, p. 15.
  5. ^ Ybarra, Megan (2008). Informe antropológico sobre el lugar sagrado, Cuevas "Xch'ool Tzuultaq'a" de Muqb'ilha' I y Candelaria Camposanto, Chisec, Alta Verapaz (in Spanish). 
  6. ^ "Climate: Raxruhá". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 21 August 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c SEGEPLAN. "Municipios de Alta Verapaz, Guatemala". Secretaría General de Planificación y Programación de la Presidencia de la República (in Spanish). Guatemala. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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