Hecelchakán Municipality

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Hecelchakán municipality within Campeche
Hecelchakán municipality within Campeche
Coat of arms of Hecelchakán
Coat of arms
Hecelchakán is located in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°10′0″N 90°8′0″W / 20.16667°N 90.13333°W / 20.16667; -90.13333Coordinates: 20°10′0″N 90°8′0″W / 20.16667°N 90.13333°W / 20.16667; -90.13333
Country Mexico
State Campeche
Municipal seat Hecelchakán
Settled 1500s
 • Total 1,331.99 km2 (514.28 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 28,306
Time zone CST (UTC−6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC−5)

Hecelchakán is one of the 11 municipalities in the Mexican state of Campeche. The municipal seat, and largest settlement, is the city of Hecelchakán.

The municipality had a 2005 census population of 28,306, with 10,285 in the municipal seat. The municipality covers an area of 1,331.99 km² (514.284 sq mi) and includes numerous smaller outlying communities, the largest of which is the town of Pomuch.

The name comes from the Maya words helel (savanna) and chakan (rest).


Hecelchakán borders to the north with the municipality of Calkiní, to the south with Tenabo, to the east with the state of Yucatán and the municipality of Hopelchén, and to the west with the Gulf of Mexico, with 24 km of shoreline.

It is at an average altitude of 10 m above sea level.


As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 28,306.[1]

As of 2010, the city of Hecelchakán had a population of 10,285.[1] Other than the city of Hecelchakán, the municipality had 80 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) were: Pomuch (8,694), classified as urban, and Pocboc (1,624), Cumpich (1,587), Campo Menonita Yalnón (1,151), and Santa Cruz (1,118), classified as rural.[1]


On 7 December 1915, when decree no. 51 approved a new law of interior administration, Hecelchakán became one of the eight free municipalities of the new state of Campeche. That law came into effect on 1 January 1916.


  1. ^ a b c "Hecelchakán". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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