The municipality is home to a Franciscan monastery and a large church. A large hut has been used as a courthouse. The sandy plaza holds a Sunday market.
The residents, mainly Maya peoples, are notable for a highly particular local culture retaining elements from their ancient Maya society past while including elements from the dominant Hispanic culture as well. Most of the people are peasant Cakchiquel who once spoke only Cakchiquel but now mainly speak Spanish. Other historians believe the town is inhabited by descendants of Nahua speaking Pipils, an indigenous people who live in western El Salvador. However, in the Titulo de Alotenango, a 16th century legal document, the land dispute claims were between the Cakchiquel of Alotenango and the Pipil of Escuintla.
Married couples leave their Patrilocal extended household only after several children are born.
June 24 is a festival day in honor of Saint John the Baptist, the town's patron saint.
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