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Municipality of Totonicapán within the Department of Totonicapán
Municipality of Totonicapán within the Department of Totonicapán
Totonicapán within Guatemala
Totonicapán within Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°54′39″N 91°21′38″W / 14.91083°N 91.36056°W / 14.91083; -91.36056Coordinates: 14°54′39″N 91°21′38″W / 14.91083°N 91.36056°W / 14.91083; -91.36056
CountryFlag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
DepartmentBandera Totonicapán.svg Totonicapán
 • TypeMunicipal
 • Municipality274 km2 (106 sq mi)
2,495 m (8,186 ft)
 (2018 census)[2]
 • Municipality103,952
 • Density380/km2 (980/sq mi)
 • Urban103,952
 • Ethnicities
K'iche' people Ladino
 • Religions
Roman Catholicism Evangelicalism Maya

Totonicapán is a city in Guatemala. It serves as the capital of the department of Totonicapán and as the administrative seat for the surrounding municipality of Totonicapán.


In 1838 Totonicapam was declared an independent republic, in which the adjoining departments of Sololá and Quezaltenango were included. This state existed for two years, and was then again merged in the republic of Guatemala.[4]

Totonicapam suffered greatly in the earthquake of April 18, 1902.[4]

Historically, Totonicapán was known for its hot springs.[5]

Municipal Theater of Totonicapán
Central plaza in Totonicapán
Municipal building of Totonicapán


  1. ^ "Totonicapán - Estrategia para la reducción de la pobreza municipal" (PDF). SEGEPLAN. 2003. Retrieved 2008. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Population of departments and municipalities in Guatemala
  3. ^ Population of the major cities in Guatemala
  4. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Totonicapam". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 92.
  5. ^ Baily, John (1850). Central America; Describing Each of the States of Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. London: Trelawney Saunders. p. 85.

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