- Jalapa, Jalapa
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Jalapa is a city in
Guatemala. It is the capital of the department of Jalapa; it is also the municipal seat of that department's municipality of Jalapa. It is located 174 km from Guatemala City.
However, there is a shorter road from Guatemala city to Jalapa using Atlantic Highway and then going south (exit toward the city of
Sanarate). This way Jalapa is only around 97 kilometers, from Guatemala City.
The city of Jalapa was built in a valley, surrounded by the
Jumayvolcano and the mountains of Alcoba and Arluta and the Jalapa Mountains. For this reason and its altitude, 1700m , the inhabitants enjoy an excellent weather, which is mild temperate, for this reason Jalapa is Known as the "climatologic of the east". It is never too cold and never too hot.
The local economy is based on agricultural and livestock products. The department of Jalapa produces corn and beans which are the main diet of Guatemalans, but also produces fruits such as peaches, apples, blackberries, bananas, avocados and vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower, most of which are exported to
El Salvador. Jalapa also produces dairy products and is famous for its cheese, special the one called "queso seco" ("dry cheese") and "mantequilla de costal" ("sack butter"), which is produced mainly in Monjas, San Manuel Chaparrón, San Carlos Alzatateand Jalapa.
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