Zacapa on the map of Guatemala

Zacapa is a city of about 30,000 inhabitants in Guatemala. It is the administrative center of the department of Zacapa and the greater community of the same name (Municipio ), which extends to 78 km ² and 60,000 inhabitants.

Location and climate

The city is located 146 km north-east of Guatemala City to 226 m altitude. You can reach Zacapa on the highway to the Atlantic Ocean (CA 9) and the Río Hondo in south -turning CA 10 Zacapa is on the southern edge of the Motagua Valley. The climate is dry and hot.

Adjacent Municipalities are Huité in the West, Estanzuela in the northwest, Río Hondo on the north, Gualan in the northeast and La Unión in the east. In the south, bordered by the Zacapa Department Chiquimula

Economy and Tourism

Zacapa is a trading center for the surrounding farms. The most important products are sugarcane and hard cheese. Zacapa is particularly known for his tobacco and his rum, which is also exported abroad.

1896 Zacapa was railway junction. From the railway line from Guatemala City to Puerto Barrios here branched from the branch line to Chiquimula and El Salvador. The rail traffic was stopped until further notice 2007.

Zacapa has a remarkable cathedral.


Zacapa was posted on November 10, 1871 the administrative center of the department of the same name, but only received but only with the completion of the railway in 1896, city status. Before 1871 it was a municipality in the department of Chiquimula.