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Simojovel is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°09′N 92°43′W / 17.150°N 92.717°W / 17.150; -92.717Coordinates: 17°09′N 92°43′W / 17.150°N 92.717°W / 17.150; -92.717
Country  Mexico
State Chiapas
Municipal seat Simojovel de Allende
 • Presidente Municipal José Amir Pérez Conde (2008–10)
 • Total 446.99 km2 (172.58 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 31,615

Simojovel is one of the 119 municipalities of Chiapas, in southern Mexico.

As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 31,615.[1] It covers an area of 446.99 km².

The municipal seat is the town of Simojovel de Allende.


Until 1990 majority of the population worked on the harvest of coffee, nowadays mining and amber trade are the most important economic activities. It is also known for its extraordinary gastronomic traditions inherited from their ancient Mayan ancestors. Specially, for cooking 'zats' a tree worm that grows in 'caulote' trees typical of the region (known there as 'tapaculo'), also the 'yervamora' an exquisite seasonal vegetable, a chili variety 'simojovel' native to the town region, and the infamous 'suy' prepared food.

Native inhabitants of Simojovel do not allow tourists or foreign visitors neither interviews, as a measure to protect their patrimony and non-ethical profit. However, people are warm and friendly if you happen to walk pass.


  1. ^ "Simojovel". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas. Retrieved August 1, 2008.