Sololá

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Sololá
Municipality
Torre Centroamericana
Torre Centroamericana
Flag of Sololá
Flag
Official seal of Sololá
Seal
Sololá is located in Guatemala
Sololá
Sololá
Location in Guatemala
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
DepartmentVlagsolola.gifSololá
MunicipalitySololá
Founded1547
Government
 • TypeMunicipal
Area
 • Municipality94 km2 (36 sq mi)
Elevation
2,114 m (6,936 ft)
Population
 (Census 2002)[1]
 • Municipality63,973
 • Urban
30,155
 • Ethnicities
Kaqchikel, K'iche', Ladino
 • Religions
Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Maya
ClimateCwb
Websiteinforpressca.com/solola

Sololá is a town in Guatemala. It is the capital of the department of Sololá and the administrative seat of Sololá municipality. It is located close to Lake Atitlan.

The name is a Hispanicized form of its pre-Columbian name, one spelling variant of which is Tz'olojya.[2] The urban center has about 14,000 people, but the municipality also includes four village communities — Los Encuentros, El Tablón, San Jorge la Laguna, and Argueta — as well as 59 smaller rural communities.[2]

Sololá is situated at 2,114 m altitude on a mountainside overlooking Lake Atitlán, some 600 meters below. It is a highland market center and is the headquarters for the Catholic Bishopric encompassing the Sololá and Chimaltenango Departments.

Almost all residents of Sololá are Kaqchikel Maya, except in Argueta, where most are K'iche' Maya.[2] A large percentage of both men and women continue to wear traditional Mayan clothing.

Sololá is home to many international organizations including Manna Project International, Friendship Bridge, Mayan Families and Love Futbol.

Climate[edit]

The climate is highland subtropical (Köppen: Cwb), very similar to that of the Asian monsoons with months almost without any rain. Most of the precipitation is in the summer and early fall. Temperatures during the year have low fluctuation, with a relatively cold low average in winter (7.4 °C in January) and summers are cool with April the hottest month having a high of 23.2 °C.[3]

Climate data for Sololá
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 20.2
(68.4)
21.0
(69.8)
22.3
(72.1)
23.2
(73.8)
22.8
(73.0)
21.0
(69.8)
21.4
(70.5)
21.9
(71.4)
21.2
(70.2)
20.9
(69.6)
20.8
(69.4)
20.1
(68.2)
21.4
(70.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.8
(56.8)
14.3
(57.7)
15.5
(59.9)
16.9
(62.4)
17.5
(63.5)
16.6
(61.9)
16.7
(62.1)
16.6
(61.9)
16.4
(61.5)
16.0
(60.8)
14.9
(58.8)
13.9
(57.0)
15.8
(60.4)
Average low °C (°F) 7.4
(45.3)
7.6
(45.7)
8.7
(47.7)
10.6
(51.1)
12.2
(54.0)
12.3
(54.1)
12.0
(53.6)
11.3
(52.3)
11.6
(52.9)
11.2
(52.2)
9.1
(48.4)
7.8
(46.0)
10.1
(50.3)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 0
(0)
2
(0.1)
5
(0.2)
23
(0.9)
76
(3.0)
269
(10.6)
243
(9.6)
258
(10.2)
401
(15.8)
160
(6.3)
34
(1.3)
1
(0.0)
1,472
(58)
Source: Climate-data.org[4]
Sololá market
Overlooking Lake Atitlán

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "XI Censo Nacional de Poblacion y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002)". INE. 2002.
  2. ^ a b c "Sololá - Historia". Inforpressca.com. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  3. ^ "Sololá climate: Average Temperature, weather by month, Sololá weather averages - Climate-Data.org". en.climate-data.org. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
  4. ^ "Sololá climate: Average Temperature, weather by month, Sololá weather averages - Climate-Data.org". en.climate-data.org. Retrieved 2019-02-18.

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