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Zunil

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Zunil is a municipality in the Quetzaltenango department of Guatemala with a surface area of 92km2. Zunil is located 9km from the city of Quetzaltenango, on the bank of the Salamá River. Zunil has an altitude of approximately 2075m above mean sea level. The population is about 14,000 people, 100% indigenous. The inhabitants speak K'iche' and Spanish.Zunil possesses active worship of San Simón (also known as Maximón), a life-sized mannequin representing a Maya god, sitting in a wooden throne, which is moved to a different house every year, and many people visit and leave gifts at his shrine.There are thermal baths with volcanic water around the town, for example Fuentes Georginas and Almolonga.A crater on Mars, which may be the source of Mars meteorites, is named after the village.
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