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Zacapa is one of the 22 departments of Guatemala. The capital is the city of Zacapa. It is approximately 112 kilometers (70 miles) from Guatemala City. To the north lie the departments of Alta Verapaz and Izabal; to the east is the border with the Republic of Honduras; on the south are Chiquimula and Jalapa and to the west is El Progreso.Zacapa was created November 10, 1871. The northern half of the department is mountainous, crossed from west to east by the Sierra de las Minas. The southern part of the department has small chains of mountains and isolated hills that are separated by fairly deep ravines. The central part of the depertment is formed by the riverbed and surroundings of the Motagua River. The river forms a huge valley and depending on the topographic configuration, narrows or widens, giving rise to very fertile valleys and large plains. This is a benefit to the department and helps in the harvest of products such as sugar cane, tomatoes, good quality tobacco, and other plants.PopulationZacapa is also the name of the departmental capital city. The population for the whole department of Zacapa is estimated at 188,319.Zacapa Department is in Guatemala. Plan how to spend your time in Zacapa Department and other destinations in Guatemala using our Guatemala itinerary maker tool .
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