the Degree Confluence Project


6.5 km (4.0 miles) SE of Tojquián Grande, San Marcos, Guatemala
Approx. altitude: 1402 m (4599 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest OpenStreetMap ConfluenceNavigator)
Antipode: 15°S 88°E

Accuracy: 30 m (98 ft)
Quality: good

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#2: East #3: South #4: West #5: GPS #6: Elevation #7: Distance #8: General Area Cutzulchima River #9: Javier Family #10: Roselia #11: Rudelio and Anabella

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  15°N 92°W (visit #1)  

#1: North

(visited by Dennis and Anabella Starnes and Rudelio Lopez)

09-Jun-2006 -- Confluence 15N/92W is located in the Department of San Marcos. In the North, The Andes Mountains cross it. The two highest volcanoes in Central America Tacaná and Tajumulco are in this place. In the South, the land is mostly flat and goes all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Due to the diversity in climates, this Department has a multiple variety of crops: Cotton, corn, wheat, rubber, potatoes, fruits and vegetables. In the north, they raise goats, sheep and pigs. In the south, they raise cattle for beef consumption.

Due to its geographical position, this region is very important as its serves as a border town between Guatemala and Mexico.

We started at about 5am. It was a great time to start, in that we could see the glow of the lava flowing from the Volcan de Fuego (Fire Volcano). 15N 92W is located close to Guatemalas’ largest volcano, and close to the Guatemala/Mexico border. We drove for about 5 hours until we came to the road by the way side of the Cutzulchima River. Turned north into a cobble stone road which extended for about 8Km. This road was very difficult to drive on because some of the cobble stones had washed away when the river flooded in 2005. There were huge pot holes and with today´s rain it just got worse!

On our way towards the village of Buena Vista we gave a ride to a resident named Roselia. She kept us on the right path. We drove until our vehicle could no longer make it up the mountain. We started hiking up the mountain and were picked up by an employee of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly Project. (Mosca Med) His name is Rudelio de Jesus Lopez Rivera, 39 years old. He was going to check his fruit fly traps and while he gave us a ride in his 4x4 he commented about our GPS and stated that they use GPS to set and locate the fly traps. He was well versed with GPS and accompanied us to the confluence. At the end of the road we had to take a path through a family´s property. We made it to within 51 feet of the confluence were we ran into a large ledge the kept us from proceeding to zero out the coordinate. The elevation was indicated at 4599 feet. On our way back (after finding the confluence) the lady of the house had hot tortillas with salt and beans and a cup of hot sugar water with lemon waiting on us. They were very interested to find out where we were from, how we met, and to hear more about what had been looking for. They were a great family who we look forward to visiting with again on a future visit.

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#1: North
#2: East
#3: South
#4: West
#5: GPS
#6: Elevation
#7: Distance
#8: General Area Cutzulchima River
#9: Javier Family
#10: Roselia
#11: Rudelio and Anabella
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