Izabal Depairtment

Kintra Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Depairtment Izabal
Capital Puerto Barrios
Municipalities 5
 • Teep Depairtmental
 • Depairtment 9,038 km2 (3,490 sq mi)
 • Watter 590 km2 (230 sq mi)
Population (Census 2002) [1]
 • Depairtment 314,306
 •  Urban 90,508
 • Ethnicities Ladino, Q'eqchi', Garífuna, Afro-Caribbean
 • Releegions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Time zone -6

Izabal is ane o the 22 depairtments o Guatemala. Its coastal auries form pairt o the hameland o the Garifuna fowk.

Izabal is bordered tae the north bi Belize, tae the northeast bi the Guwf o Honduras, an tae the east bi Honduras, an bi the Guatemalan depairtments o Petén to the northwast, Alta Verapaz tae the wast, an Zacapa tae the sooth.

The depairtment o Izabal surroonds Lago Izabal (or Lago de Izabal), Guatemala's lairgest lake (about 48 km lang an 24 km wide, wi an aurie o aboot 590 km²). The Spainyie Colonial fort o San Felipe, nou a Guatemalan naitional monument, owerleuks the point whare the lake flows intae the Río Dulce.

The sma toun o Izabal is on the sooth shore o the lake; afore the construction o the ports of Livingston an Puerto Barrios in the 19t century this was Guatemala's main Caribbean Sea port an wis the oreeginal seat o Izabal depairtment; nouadays, housomeivver, Izabal toun is a remote veelage that gets little traffic.

Frae the aurie aroond Lake Izabal, the Depairtment o Izabal stretches alang the Río Dulce tae the coast o the Caribbean Sea.

The depairtment o Izabal includes the ports o Puerto Barrios (the depairtmental seat), Santo Tomás de Castilla, Livingston an Guatemala's free trade zone Zolic. Izabal includes the Pre-Columbie Maya ruins o Quirigua an aw.


  1. El Estor
  2. Livingston
  3. Los Amates
  4. Morales
  5. Puerto Barrios
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