Xalbal River

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Xalbal River/Xaclbal River
Cayuco Riu Xalbal.JPG
Xalbal River
Country Guatemala, Mexico
Basin features
Main source Guatemala
(El Quiché)
River mouth Tributary of the Usumacinta River
Locals on the river

The Xalbal River (Spanish pronunciation: [ʃalˈβal]) is a river of Guatemala. Its sources are in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes (at 15°29′52″N 91°07′58″W / 15.497769°N 91.132793°W / 15.497769; -91.132793 (Río Xalbal)) in the department of El Quiché, where the river is called Río Xaclbal or Río Chajul. The Xaclbal river flows northwards down the tropical lowlands of Ixcan where it is called Río Xalbal (at 15°57′17″N 90°55′31″W / 15.954727°N 90.925255°W / 15.954727; -90.925255 (Río Xalbal)Coordinates: 15°57′17″N 90°55′31″W / 15.954727°N 90.925255°W / 15.954727; -90.925255 (Río Xalbal)), and crosses the border with Mexico, where it joins the Lacantún River, a tributary of the Usumacinta river. The Guatemalan part of Xaclbal river basin covers an area of 1,366 square kilometres (527 sq mi).[1]

The village of Xalbal, named after the river, suffered a massacre in 1982. The village was abandoned in March 1982.[2]


  1. ^ INSIVUMEH. "Principales ríos de Guatemala". Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Journeys of Fear: Refugee Return and National Transformation in Guatemala pp.104, Retrieved February 24, 2008

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