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For the department, see Zacapa (department). For more on the rum, see Zacapa rum.
Zacapa is located in Guatemala
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°58′N 89°32′W / 14.967°N 89.533°W / 14.967; -89.533
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department ..Zacapa Flag(GUATEMALA).png Zacapa
Municipality Zacapa
 • Type Municipal
 • Mayor Elder Vargas Estrada
 • Municipality 78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 120 m (390 ft)
Population (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality 59,089
 • Urban 30,037
 • Ethnicities Ladinos
 • Religions Catholicism, Evangelicalism
Climate BSh

Zacapa (Spanish pronunciation: [saˈkapa]) is a city in eastern Guatemala, along the Río Grande de Zacapa. It is renowned locally for its manual crafting of cigars, hard dry cheese and a flavored cake made with said cheese (Quezadilla).


Zacapa is also the name of the departmental capital department of Zacapa and the municipal seat of Zacapa municipality.[citation needed] As of 1850, the population was approximately 3,000.[2] The population for the whole department of Zacapa as of the year 2000 is estimated at 212,794, 94.09% are non-indigenous (mostly of European ancestry or Mestizos), only about 4.39% are Indigenous.


The climate as in almost the whole region of Zacapa, excluding inhabited highlands, is Semi-arid Chaparral. This is due to the shadow effect the Sierra de las Minas has over the following land to the south. The average maximum average temperature oscillates between 30° to 40° C throughout the whole year, with highs of 45° C reached during the "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) and Summer (March, April, May), though there have been instances where the maximum capped at 25° C for the day. The minimum might go from some 15° C in cases of "extreme" conditions over some cold spell north winds, to 25° C. The previous almost never happens, the latter is considered hot, and the usual hovers around 20° C. There is a pronounced dry season, often marked by more than two months without rain, which worsens the air quality of the region tremendously. The region's flat areas are known for their loud insects, called chicharras, which chirp in the fields and along the roads during the dry season.


Zacapa is mainly a rural area that contains a large amount of flat land used mostly to grow cantaloupe, tobacco and roma tomatoes. Bordering the Zacapa valley is the Sierra de las Minas, which harbors fine hardwood forests, and contains marble mines and coffee plantations. Some of the world's finest jade is also found in this area.


Football club Deportivo Zacapa competes in Guatemala's top division and play their home games at the Estadio David Ordoñez Bardales. Their team mascot is the Gallo (rooster).

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Coordinates: 14°58′N 89°32′W / 14.967°N 89.533°W / 14.967; -89.533