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Zunil is located in Guatemala
Location in Guatemala
Coordinates: 14°47′N 91°29′W / 14.783°N 91.483°W / 14.783; -91.483
Country Flag of Guatemala.svg Guatemala
Department Vlagquetzaltenango.gif Quetzaltenango
 • Mayor Jose Maria Chaj (2012-2016)
 • Total 92 km2 (36 sq mi)
Elevation 2,076 m (6,811 ft)
Population (2011 Estimate)
 • Total 12,356
 • Density 134.30/km2 (347.8/sq mi)
Climate Cwb

Zunil (Spanish pronunciation: [suˈnil]) is a municipality in the Quetzaltenango department of Guatemala with a surface area of 92 square kilometres (36 sq mi).[1] Zunil is located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from the city of Quetzaltenango, on the bank of the Salamá River.[2] Zunil has an altitude of approximately 2,075 metres (6,808 ft) above mean sea level.[2] The population is about 14,000 people, 100% indigenous. The inhabitants speak K'iche' and Spanish.[1] There are thermal baths with volcanic water around the town, for example Fuentes Georginas and Almolonga.


Zunil possesses active worship of San Simón (also known as Maximón), a life-sized mannequin representing a Maya god, sitting in a wooden throne, which is moved to a different house every year, and many people visit and leave gifts at his shrine.


A crater on Mars, which may be the source of Mars meteorites, is named after the village.[3]



  1. ^ a b Zunil at Inforpressca Archived June 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Cattelan 2004, p.36.
  3. ^ McEwan, A.S.; et al. (2005). "The rayed crater Zunil and interpretations of small impact craters on Mars" (PDF). Icarus. 176 (2): 351–381. Bibcode:2005Icar..176..351M. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2005.02.009. Retrieved 2006-09-08. .


  • Cattelan, Marino (2004). Quetzaltenango. Guatemala: Xibalbá Publicaciones. 

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Coordinates: 14°47′N 91°29′W / 14.783°N 91.483°W / 14.783; -91.483