Sololá Department

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Sololá
Department
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Coat of arms of Sololá
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Department of Solola
Department of Solola
Coordinates: 14°46′26″N 91°28′33″W / 14.77389°N 91.47583°W / 14.77389; -91.47583Coordinates: 14°46′26″N 91°28′33″W / 14.77389°N 91.47583°W / 14.77389; -91.47583
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Sololá
Capital Sololá
Municipalities 20
Government
 • Type Departmental
Area
 • Total 1,061 km2 (410 sq mi)
Population (Census 2003)Estimaciones de SEGEPLAN, con base en la estructura del XI Censo Nacional de Población y VI de Habitación. Guatemala, enero del 2003. INE
 • Total 307,661
 • Ethnicities K'akchiquel, Tz'utujil, K'iche, Ladino
 • Religions Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
Time zone -6
ISO 3166 code GT-SO
Lake Atitlán from Panajachel

Sololá is a department in the west of Guatemala. The capital is the city of Sololá. Lake Atitlan is a key feature surrounded by a number of the municipalities.

Municipalities[edit]

  1. Concepción
  2. Nahualá
  3. Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan
  4. Panajachel
  5. San Andrés Semetabaj
  6. San Antonio Palopó
  7. San José Chacayá
  8. San Juan La Laguna
  9. San Lucas Tolimán
  10. San Marcos La Laguna
  11. San Pablo La Laguna
  12. San Pedro La Laguna
  13. Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan
  14. Santa Catarina Palopó
  15. Santa Clara La Laguna
  16. Santa Cruz La Laguna
  17. Santa Lucía Utatlán
  18. Santa María Visitación
  19. Santiago Atitlán
  20. Sololá

Population[edit]

As of 1850, the area was populated mainly by K'iche' and Kaqchikel people.[1]

Economy[edit]

Fertile soil makes Sololá a producer of maize, wheat, barley, vegetables, and fruit. Fruits include apples, cherries, cherimoya, peaches, and pears. Live stock is also common, and as 1850, the region had a large wool industry.[1]

Ecology[edit]

The area is very mountainous and also sits on the sea. In 1850, the British described it as having a "healthy" climate "rather inclining to cold, or...temperate." Temperatures warm further south.[1] Lago de Atitlán is located in Sololá.

Sports[edit]

Saprissa de Guatemala is Solola's main football team and the most famous club in the department.

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