Sololá Department

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Flag of Sololá
Coat of arms of Sololá
Coat of arms
Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183Coordinates: 14°46′N 91°11′W / 14.767°N 91.183°W / 14.767; -91.183
Country  Guatemala
Department Sololá
Capital Sololá
Municipalities 19
 • Type Departmental
 • Total 1,061 km2 (410 sq mi)
Population (Census 2003)[1]
 • 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.


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


As of 2011, the department had a population of 430,573, and the area was populated almost entirely by different Mayan ethnic groups, of which the two largest groups were Kaqchikel people and K'iche'.[2][3] Kaqchikel people Accounted for 50.1%[3] of the department's population, and K'iche' accounted for 35.3%[3] of the department's population. Indigenous people account for 96.5% of the department's population.[3]


Fertile soil makes Sololá a producer of maize, wheat, barley, vegetables, and fruit. Fruits include apples, cherries, cherimoya, peaches, and pears. Livestock is also common, and as 1850, the region had a large wool industry.[2]


The area is 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.[2] Lago de Atitlán is located in Sololá.


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