Almolonga, Quetzaltenango

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Almolonga
municipality
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Almolonga is located in Guatemala
Almolonga
Almolonga
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°48′44″N 91°29′40″W / 14.81222°N 91.49444°W / 14.81222; -91.49444
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Admin. division Quetzaltenango Department
Foundation before 1524
Government
 • Alcalde Catarino Eligio Cacatzun Machic
Area
 • Total 20 km2 (8 sq mi)
Elevation 2,251 m (7,385 ft)
Population
 • Total 16,850

Almolonga is a municipality in the Quetzaltenango Department of Guatemala, located on the road between Ciudad de Quetzaltenango (Quetzaltenango City) and Zunil. Its populace is primarily indigenous, speaking the K'iche' (Quiché) language

The village is known as the "Vegetable Basket of the Americas" (La Hortaliza de las Américas) due to the intense cultivation of vegetables in its vicinity. Tourist attractions include nearby thermal baths and Paradise Valley; it attracts about 120 tourists a year.

A Protestant church formed in Almolonga in the 1970s which gave the population of the town valuable infrastructure that allow the town to harvest crops more successfully. However the town relies heavily on pesticides. There is still some argument of what percentage of the town follows Protestantism and is often cited as a place of revival.[1]

Coordinates: 14°48′44″N 91°29′40″W / 14.81222°N 91.49444°W / 14.81222; -91.49444

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