Escuintla is a city in south central Guatemala
Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast...

. It is the capital of the Escuintla Department and the administrative seat of Escuintla Municipality.

In 2003 the city had a population of about 68,000 people. It is on the border of the central highlands and the Pacific coastal plain.


The city is among the more industrialized areas of the country. One of the most important agricultural products of the region is sugar cane. Other products are tobacco
Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as a pesticide and, in the form of nicotine tartrate, used in some medicines...

, seafood
Seafood is any form of marine life regarded as food by humans. Seafoods include fish, molluscs , crustaceans , echinoderms . Edible sea plants, such as some seaweeds and microalgae, are also seafood, and are widely eaten around the world, especially in Asia...

, and cattle
Cattle are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos primigenius...

Escuintla is bathed by the waters of the Pacific, and produces about 43 percent of gross domestic product of Guatemala, is statistically the department, province or region in Mesoamerica with lower unemployment and extreme poverty, this contrasts with the economic and social reality of Guatemala


Escuintla used to be an important stop for trains going to Puerto San José
Puerto San José
Puerto San José is a city on Guatemala's Pacific Ocean coast, in the department of Escuintla. It contains about 20,000 people, making it the largest place along the Pacific coast of Guatemala. It was the Pacific port for Guatemala, but this was superseded in the 20th century by Puerto Quetzal, a...

 until 2007. Today, the CA-2 and CA-9 highways cross here.


Juventud Escuintleca
Juventud Escuintleca
Club Social y Deportivo Escuintleca, also known as Juventud Escuintleca, is a Guatemalan football club based in Escuintla, Escuintla Department. They play their home games in the Estadio Ricardo Muñoz Gálvez.-History:...

 football club play their home games at the Estadio Ricardo Muñoz Gálvez. Most recently they have again been playing in the second tier of Guatemalan
Primera División de Ascenso
The Primera División de Ascenso is the second highest level of the Guatemalan league system of football. Formerly, it was known as Liga Mayor "B"...


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