The name is a hispanicized form of its pre-Columbian name, one spelling variant of which is T’zolojy’a.
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.
Sololá is a small town in terms of the central downtown area. You can stroll all around it in about half a day. Since this is the departmental capital you will notice government offices for natural resources, education, and forestry.
- South side- Catholic church. If you walk downhill on the west side of the church you will arrive at the cemetary and have a fantastic view of the lake.
- North side- This is the route buses take to leave town to go to 4 Caminos, Antigua, Guatemala City. If you go to the northwest corner of the park and walk north a few blocks you will come to the Public Library on the left side of the street. It is upstairs. It is very different from Panajachel’s public library. Walk up further to arrive at a bakery on the right side of the street.
-East side- market and food vendors
-West side- directly across the street is a friendly typical food restaurant. If it is crowded on a market day you may have to share a table. Great salsa!
Sololá is situated at 2.114 m 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.
Sololá is home to many international organizations including Manna Project International, Friendship Bridge and Love Futbol.