Mountains of Quiché and Lowlands of Petén, Guatemala16.2N 90.2W
The full version of this APM image stretches from Guatemala’s Petén Region (above), across a small portion of the Mexican state of Chiapas, to Guatemala’s Quiché (below, left) and Alta Verapaz (below, right) departments.
The topographical composition of El Quiché is dominated by the central highlands and the mountain ranges of the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, Sierra de Chuacús, and the foothills of the volcanic mountain range on the department’s South-Western border with Chimaltenango, which together make up for 79% of the department’s territory. The northern part of the department is formed by tropical lowlands which cover 21% of the department’s territory.
These tropical lowlands extend across Chiapas, Mexico and into Guatemala’s Petén department. Much of the western border with Mexico is formed by the Usumacinta River and its tributary the Salinas River, visible in the center of the full image. Portions of the southern border of the department are formed by the rivers Gracias a Dios and Santa Isabel.