Tecpán Guatemala

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Tecpán
Municipality and town
Tecpán plaza in 1893.
Tecpán plaza in 1893.
Tecpán is located in Guatemala
Tecpán
Tecpán
Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°0′W / 14.767°N 91.000°W / 14.767; -91.000
Country Guatemala
DepartmentVlagchimaltenango.gif Chimaltenango
Area
 • Total102 sq mi (264 km2)
Population
 (2018 census)[1]
 • Total91,927
 • Density900/sq mi (350/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Time)
ClimateCwb
Websitewww.munitecpanguatemala.gob.gt

Tecpán is a town, with a population of 34,519 (2018 census),[2] and a municipality in the department of Chimaltenango, in Guatemala, on the Inter-American Highway CA-1.

The climate is generally cold. It is characterized as a tourist destination, with some fame derived from its landscapes, varied vegetation and from being on an access route to Iximché archaeological site.

History[edit]

Ruins of Iximché, the former Kaqchikel Maya capital city, in the 1920s.

Tecpán is known as the 'first capital of Guatemala,' based on it being the first permanent Spanish colonial military center of the nation, established in 1525. The first government capital settlement in colonial Guatemala, and its 'second capital', was Ciudad Vieja, established in 1527.

The fort was built here due to the difficulty that the Spanish had in defeating the Kaqchikel Maya during the Spanish conquest of Guatemala.

The remains of the Kaqchikel capital city, Iximché, are on a high hill only a few kilometers away from the city .

Demographics[edit]

Tecpán currently is one of the larger municipalities in the nation, due to its far geographical reach to the northeast corner of its department, Chimaltenango. Its population is over 90% indigenous, mostly descendants of the Kaqchikel Maya.

Climate[edit]

Tecpán Guatemala has a subtropical highland climate (Köppen: Cwb).

Climate data for Tecpán
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 19.1
(66.4)
20.1
(68.2)
21.5
(70.7)
22.4
(72.3)
21.9
(71.4)
20.3
(68.5)
20.4
(68.7)
21.0
(69.8)
20.0
(68.0)
19.6
(67.3)
19.3
(66.7)
19.2
(66.6)
20.4
(68.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.0
(55.4)
13.6
(56.5)
14.9
(58.8)
16.2
(61.2)
16.9
(62.4)
16.1
(61.0)
16.0
(60.8)
16.0
(60.8)
15.5
(59.9)
15.1
(59.2)
13.8
(56.8)
13.4
(56.1)
15.0
(59.1)
Average low °C (°F) 7.0
(44.6)
7.2
(45.0)
8.4
(47.1)
10.1
(50.2)
11.9
(53.4)
12.0
(53.6)
11.6
(52.9)
11.0
(51.8)
11.1
(52.0)
10.7
(51.3)
8.4
(47.1)
7.6
(45.7)
9.8
(49.6)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2
(0.1)
4
(0.2)
6
(0.2)
47
(1.9)
112
(4.4)
273
(10.7)
184
(7.2)
211
(8.3)
282
(11.1)
137
(5.4)
32
(1.3)
5
(0.2)
1,295
(51)
Source: Climate-Data.org[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Citypopulation.de Population of departments and municipalities in Guatemala
  2. ^ Citypopulation.de Population of cities & towns in Guatemala
  3. ^ "Climate: Tecpán". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 20 August 2015.

External links[edit]



Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°00′W / 14.767°N 91.000°W / 14.767; -91.000

  1. ^ a b "Municipios del departamento de Chimaltenango". SEGEPLAN (in Spanish). Guatemala. Archived from the original on July 7, 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)