Atoyac, Jalisco

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For the Atoyac river, see River Balsas.
Atoyac
Municipality and town
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Municipality of Atoyac in Jalisco
Municipality of Atoyac in Jalisco
Atoyac is located in Mexico
Atoyac
Atoyac
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 19°52′20″N 103°20′40″W / 19.87222°N 103.34444°W / 19.87222; -103.34444
Country  Mexico
State Jalisco
Area
 • Total 235.81 km2 (91.05 sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)

Atoyac is a city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. It serves as the administrative centre for the municipality of the same name.

Its name derives from the Nahuatl Atoya-k, which means to "Place near the river". About 36,000 thousand years ago this region was covered by the waters that formed an immense lake.

Geography[edit]

The municipality of Atoyac is located in the southern region of the state of Jalisco, between coordinates 19°52'20" to 20°07'35" North and 103°20'40" to 103°36'05" West, at a height of 1,350 meters above sea level.

It limits the north with the municipality of Zacoalco de Torres and Teocuitatlán de Corona, the south with Sayula and Gómez Farías; to the east with Teocuitatlán de Corona and Concepción de Buenos Aires and to the west with Amacueca and Techaluta de Montenegro.

The municipal territory of Atoyac has a surface of 235.81 km². Festivities - Atoyac, as many towns in Mexico, is part of an annual festivity in which a saint (El Senor the de la Salud) is celebrated. According to an ancient myth, the town of Atoyac suffered a devastating epidemic that killed several residents. It was not until the saint was brought down from its post and parade around the town that the epidemic allegedly stopped. In celebration of this miracle, the saint is parade every year following the same route it did the first time.

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Coordinates: 20°01′01″N 103°31′59″W / 20.017°N 103.533°W / 20.017; -103.533