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Guatemala: Mayan Villages and Their Festivals, Markets and Fairs

Classification by Language

Kaqchikel

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Alotenango Kaqchikel 8,800 1,376m 7/25 Sun.
Chuarrancho Kaqchikel 6,740 1,356m 6/29 N/A
Comalapa Kaqchikel 20,420 1,890m 6/24 Sun, Tues, Fri.
Nejapa (San Bernabe Acatenango) Kaqchikel 11,290 1,676m 3/19 Sun, (Tues, Fri.)
Panajachel Kaqchikel 4,900 1,580m N/A Sun, (everyday)
Parramos Kaqchikel 3,920 1,710m 12/28 Sun, (everyday)
Patzún Kaqchikel 23,430 2,225m 5/20 Sun, Tues, Fri.
San Andrés Semetabaj Kaqchikel 4,480 1,946m 11/30 Tues.
San Antonio Aguas Calientes Kaqchikel 4,530 1,445m N/A
San Antonio Palopó * Kaqchikel 5,490 1,585m 6/13 N/A
San José Poaquil Kaqchikel 11,560 2000m 3/19 Sun, (Wed.)
San Juan Sacatepéquez Kaqchikel 49,850 1,772m 6/24 (everyday)
San Lucas Tolimán Kaqchikel 10,820 1,219m 10/18 Sun, Tues, Fri.
San Martín Jirotepeque Kaqchikel 36,580 1,800m 11/11 Sun, (Tues, Thurs.)
San Pedro Ayampuc Kaqchikel 11,880 1,219m 6/29 Sun, Fri, Sat.
San Pedro Sacatepéquez Kaqchikel 12,740 2,100m 6/29 (everyday)
San Raimundo Kaqchikel 11,170 1,585m 1/23 Sun, (Thurs.)
Santa Apolonia Kaqchikel 5,700 2,219m 2/9 N/A
Santa Catarina Barahona Kaqchikel 1,440 1,445m N/A N/A
Santa Catarina Palopó Kaqchikel 1,230 1,580m 11/25 N/A
Santa Clara La Laguna Kaqchikel 3,430 1,900m 8/12 Sat.
Santa Cruz La Laguna Kaqchikel 1,860 1,219m 5/10 N/A
Santa María Cauqué Kaqchikel 1,380 1,955m N/A
Santa María de Jesús Kaqchikel 8,360 2,062m 1/15 Sun.
Santiago Sacatepéquez Kaqchikel 9,700 2,023m 7/25 Tues, Fri.
Santo Domingo Xenacoj Kaqchikel 3,650 2,064m 8/4 Sun, Wed, Fri.
Sololá ** Kaqchikel 29,200 2,103m 8/15 Tue, Fri.
Sumpango Kaqchikel 13,070 1,821m 8/28 (everyday)
Tecpán Guatemara Kaqchikel 29,560 2,310m 10/04 Sun, Wed, Thurs.

K'iché

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Almolonga ** K'iché 8,020 2,075m 6/29 Wed, Fri, Sat.
Cubulco K'iché 22,180 960m 7/25 Sun.
Chichicastenango * K'iché 56,620 2,027m 12/21 Sun, Thurs.
Momostenango K'iché 53,420 2,300m 7/25 Sun, Wed.
Nahualá ** K'iché 26,760 2,499m 11/25 Sun. Tues.
Quetzaltenango (Xela) K'iché 72,920 2,334m 9/15 (everyday)
Rabinal K'iché 22,730 980m 1/25 Thurs.
San Cristóbal Totonicapán K'iché 19,970 2,400m 7/25 Sun, (everyday)
San Miguel Chicaj K'iché 10,920 1,997m 9/29 Sun, Thurs.
Santa María Chiquimula K'iché 19,430 2,012m 1/15 Sun, Thurs.
Zacualpa K'iché 13,750 1,372m Sun. Thurs.
Zunil ** K'iché 7,010 2,316m 11/25 Mon.
Santa Lucía Utatlan K'iché 10,400 2,499m N/a N/a

Sakapulteko

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Sacapulas Sakapulteko 20,740 1,230m 8/4 Sun. Thurs.

Mam

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Colotenango Mam 1,020 1,575m 8/15 Sat.
Comitancillo Mam 17,120 2,440m 5/3 Thurs.
Concepción Chiquirichapa Mam 8,060 2,580m 12/8 Thurs.
Ixtahuacán Mam 15,460 1,701m 1/23 Thurs.
San Gaspar Ixchil Mam 2,670 1,680m 1/6 Sat.
San Juan Atitán Mam 7,230 2,283m 6/26 Sun, Thurs.
San Martin Sacatepéquez (Chile Verde) ** Mam 9,760 2,377m 11/11 Sun.
San Pedro Sacatepéquez Mam 37,450 2,360m 6/29 (everyday)
San Pedro Necta Mam 12,730 1,510m 6/29 Sun.
San Rafael Petzal * Mam 3,430 1,660m 10/24 Sun.
San Sebastián Huehuetenango Mam 9,600 1,463m 1/20 Sun, Thurs.
Santiago Chimaltenango Mam 3,230 2,246m 7/25 Fri.
Todos Santos Cuchumatán *** Mam 12,130 2,451m 11/1 Sun, Thurs.

Q'eqchi'

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Cobán Q'eqchi' 42,580 1,320m 8/4 (everyday)
San Juan Chamelco Q'eqchi' 19,260 1,380m 6/24 Sun, Thurs.
San Pedro Carchá Q'eqchi' 53,760 1,280m 6/29 Thurs, Sat.
Purulhá Q'eqchi' 14,900 1,137m N/A Sun, Thurs.

Ixil

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Chajul ** Ixil 15,710 2,400m 1/6 Tues, Fri.
Nebaj * Ixil 18,130 2,030m 8/15 Sun, Thurs.
San Juan Cotzal Ixil 10,940 1,600m 6/24 Tues, Fri.

Poqomam

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Mixco Poqomam 197,740 1,692m (everyday)
Palín Poqomam 14,140 1,138m 7/30 Sun, (Wed.)
Chinautla Poqomam 41,680 1,160m 12/1-3 N/A

Other Languages

 

Village Language Population Elevation Festival Market Days
Santiago Atitlán * Tz'utujil 19,650 1,425m 7/25 Fri.
San Juan La Laguna Tz'utujil 3,850 1,372m 6/24 N/A
Jacaltenango Jakalteko 18,010 1,737m 2/2 Sun.
San Mateo Ixtatán * Chuj 16,050 2,603m 9/21 Sun, Thurs.
Aguacatán * Awakateko 21,960 1,563m Sun.
Tamahú Poqomchi' 6,040 1,050m 1/25 Sun, Thurs.

Note: Population Statistics produced during the Anthropological Investigation run by the Tobacco and Salt Museum of Guatemala in 1997

Names formatted in bold represent the villages visited by author Jean-Philippe


Other Villages to investigate:

 

Village Province
San Andrés Sajcabja ** Xela-Momo
San Jorge La Laguna * Solola
Palestina de los Altos * Xela
Tactic * Coban
Salcaja Xela (before 4 caminos) Go visit weaving.
La Esperanza Xela
Jucanya Solola
Xepol Quiche
Tenejapa
Zina Cantan
Soloma *
Santa Cruz del Quiche
San Francisco El Alto
San Miguel Totonicapán * 2500 Tues, Sat.
San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan * Huehue
Joyabaj *

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