San Martín Jilotepeque

a precolonial importance

Founded in 1542 and occupying a territory of 156 square miles, the municipality of San Martín Jilotepeque was of major economic and political importance during Guatemala’s precolonial. It was home to the the Poqomam people whose capital city’s ruins can still be seen today at the archeological site of Mixco Viejo. The municipality has a population of 73,469, 88.9% of whom identify as Mayan. Aside from its capital city it houses 12 villages and 113 hamlets. The territory is located in the Guatemalan altiplano with an average altitude of 5,760 feet above sea level and is generally mountainous, with 31 peaks found within its limits. Agriculture is one of the primary economic activities in the municipality, with corn, beans, and sugar cane being staple crops. San Martín also produces a variety of other goods such as traditional cotton fabrics, ceramics, woven baskets, rope, candles, leather, bricks, and ceramic shingles. ALDEA and ABPD partnered with the municipality of San Martín Jilotepeque from 2001-2011.

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ALDEA/ABPD Partner Communities in San Martín de Jilotepeque

Cambalcol Alto
Chigonzález Varituc
Chipastor
Chipila
Chipila sector II
Chirramirez
Chiuleu
Choabaj Grande
Choabajito Alto
Chonoxte
Chuisac Varituc
Cimarrón
Cojomachaj

Colonia Choatalum
Colonia Nuevo San Antonio
Cruz Nueva
El Calvario
El Chocolate
El Durazno
El Naranjito
El Pericón
El Rincón
El Rosario Canajal
Estancia de la Virgen
La Joya
La Pedrera

La Sumba
Las Venturas

Los Jometes
Los Tunayes
Pacoj Tres Cruces
Pacoxpón
Patzocom
Plan Buena Vista
Pueblo de Dios
Puente Gómez
Río Blanco
Sacalá las Lomas
Sajcap las Lomas

San Antonio Choatalum
San Antonio el Cornejo

San Francisco
San Miguel Choatalum
Santa Anita las Canoas
Santa Rosa II
Santa Teresa
Semetabaj
Tierra Colorada
Tioxya
Valle de Oro
Varituc
Varituc Centro
Xenimajuyu
Xetinamit