Indigenous Villages

We leave by car or bus to town traditional cultivation of vegetables Almolonga , to visit the Catholic Church and vegetable market (Wednesday and Saturday main market days ) . From there we travel to the picturesque town of Zunil where the market is visited ( main market day Monday) the majestic Catholic church in the 16th century, and San Simon (a local saint of colorful worshiped in Zunil ) . Then we go to a scenic mountain road in the hot springs baths Georginas . After an hour and a half in the hot springs , we travel to the cooperative glassblowing Copavic in Cantel . We walk on the production floor and see how glass is made from recycled bottles and visit the gift shop .


In the pre-Hispanic period , the name of the township was Sakpoliak or Vulvusyá , which means water gurgles or born in spurts or place where water flows . The village existed before the Spanish conquest, but was assigned to the city of Quetzaltenango on 27 August 1.839 . In 1,960 , Almolonga had only a hamlet called Los Baños ; the village Las Delicias was created that same year. The party holder of the municipality is celebrated from 20 to 30 June when the Catholic Church commemorates St. Peter. Among the dances they can be noted : ajis village dances and dances treats or costumes, performed during different holidays per year ; dances of Achuck or negritos among others , which are held on December 25 and January 1 of each year; and dancing zaleyudos or lashes , on 14 and 15 January.


It was founded around the year 1580. The titular feast of the Assumption, held from 12 to 16 August. The main day is 15th in the church celebrates the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patron saint of the town. The majority indigenous language is k "iche". It has been suggested that the name may come from Cantil (Agkistrodon bilineatus), extremely dangerous snake for its venom, is mentioned in almost all known indigenous chronicles Guatemala. Another version is considered that the name may come from a tree that bears yellow flowers, want to mention the time that the name and perhaps this most likely by tradition collection of the originating site is derived k "iche" can or q "to n = yellow, and tel = rocks. The most outstanding cultural aspects is the ownership of the population K linguistic community "iche" of the Maya (94.8%), speaks K language "iche" women use a traditional costume, consisting of a cut, güipil with different usually designs inspired by the topography, flora and fauna of the municipality. One of the characteristics of the population is religious practice, mainly the Catholic religion stands, important festivals are held at Easter, Day Saints, Christmas and the main fair in honor of Our Lady of the Assumption.


It is one of the pre-Columbian populations, located on the banks of river Samalá, surrounded by hills. The word Zunil is derived from the voices of the K'iche ': Tzu = tecomate (earthen vessels and N'il = noise or music, which translated into Spanish means, cane whistle). The city was founded by Spanish conquistadors during the time of the colony, which they called St. Catherine of Alexandria Zunil. During the Spanish period he was known as the current head Tzunil, Santa Catalina Sunil, Sunil St. Catharine or Santa Catarina Zunil, official name today Zunil. The most outstanding is the cultural aspects of the population belonging to the linguistic community K'iche 'Mayan Village (90.4%), speaks K'iche language, women use a typical costume, consisting of a cut, with different designs güipil generally inspired by the topography, flora and fauna of the municipality. It is also characterized because there are evangelical churches and there are practitioners of the Mayan religion, but mainly by spiritual guides or Kamal BE8, who are governed by the Mayan sacred calendar or chol quij, practice their customs volcanoes and mountains within and outside the municipality .