• San Marcos

  • San Marcos

  • San Marcos

The Department of San Marcos is located in the southwestern region of Guatemala.

The south coast of this department is washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, and their lands are irrigated by several rivers .
The department of San Marcos is characterized by a generally temperate climate , but has a variety of climates due to its topography. On the south coast , the terrain is flat , so the weather is warm, and the town of Ocós 3 msm , in the highlands by the altitude, the weather is cold , as in the town of 3,200 Ixchiguán msm . However, your soil is naturally fertile , excellent for a variety of crops.

The Sierra Madre Guatemala penetrates through the vertex of Niquihuil walking the northern part of the department. Within it are the Volcanoes of San Antonio , with elevation of 3,033 meters, the Tacaná , with 4092 meters , and the Tajamulco , the highest in Central America, with 4220 meters . For them, San Marcos is known in literary circles as the "place where volcanoes dawn ."

The land south of the mountain range are nearly flat and mild climate , with the exception of covering the coast, preferably rich area for the cultivation of coffee.

 

Coffee Characteristics

This is the warmest of Guatemala's coffee growing regions and also has the highest rainfall. 
It has the most intense rainy season and the earliest flowing of any area.  The altitude ranges from 4,600-6,000 feet with volcanic soil and a microclimate influence from the Pacific Ocean.  The annual rainfall is 4,000-5,000 mm and the humidity is between 70-80%.  Coffee is produced in the slopes of Volcan Tajumulco (Guatemala’s highest peak) and Volcan Tacaná.
Bourbon, Caturra, and Catuai coffee beans are grown in this region and are harvested from December to March.
The coffee characteristics are described as delicate floral notes in both aroma and taste, a pronounced acidity and good body.



Volcanic San Marcos® cup profile

(NOTE : This is a general profile of this region.  The cupping scores will be VERY different from each farm of the region)



History
San Marcos to be founded in the sixteenth century, he was known as El Barrio and you work up a temple where the Catholic Church dedicated to St. Mark the Evangelist, hence the department took its name, having been placed under the patronage of San Marcos.

The Lordship of Mames stretched from Huehuetenango to the department of San Marcos, where Pedro de Alvarado sent Captain Juan de León Cardona to bring the region with a team of fifty Spanish soldiers and some Tlascaltecs army.
Part of the current territory of San Marcos belonged to the district of Quetzaltenango during colonial times.


Geography

The south coast of this department is washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, and their lands are irrigated by several rivers ,
The department of San Marcos is characterized by a generally temperate climate , but has a variety of climates due to its topography. On the south coast , the terrain is flat , so the weather is warm, and the town of Ocós 3 msm , in the highlands by the altitude, the weather is cold , as in the town of 3,200 Ixchiguán msm . However, your soil is naturally fertile , excellent for a variety of crops.

The Sierra Madre Guatemala penetrates through the vertex of Niquihuil walking the northern part of the department. Within it are the Volcanoes of San Antonio , with elevation of 3,033 meters, the Tacaná , with 4092 meters , and the Tajamulco , the highest in Central America, with 4220 meters . For them, San Marcos is known in literary circles as the "place where volcanoes dawn ."

In this department several folk dances are held in honor of the patron saints of each town , and among these dances are : The Paach , deer, Toritos , The Conquest , The Partideños , Los Tinacos , The Treat , Granada , The Seven Peers of France , the Twelve Peers of France , De Mexicanos, etc.