Atotonilco El Alto

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Atotonilco El Alto
Municipality and city
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Coat of arms of Atotonilco El Alto
Coat of arms
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Location of the municipality in Jalisco
Atotonilco El Alto is located in Mexico
Atotonilco El Alto
Atotonilco El Alto
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°32′N 102°30′W / 20.533°N 102.500°W / 20.533; -102.500Coordinates: 20°32′N 102°30′W / 20.533°N 102.500°W / 20.533; -102.500
Country  Mexico
State Jalisco
 • Total 638.15 km2 (246.39 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 51,798

Atotonilco El Alto is a town and municipality, in Jalisco in central-western Mexico in Los Altos (Jalisco) region. [1] The municipality covers an area of 638.15 km².

Atotonilco (pronounced ah-toh-toh-NEAL-co) means "place of hot waters", in Náhuatl. "El Alto"("The High One") was later added in honor of those who died in the Cristero War in the early 1920s.

As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 51,798.[2]

The people from this region (Los Altos), are considered the most beautiful in all of Mexico, based on Miss Universe contestants hailing from this region. [3] [4]


The town was first established by the Purépecha in late 1400, according to Purépecha myth. The region was conquered in June 1530 by the Nuño de Guzmán. Martin del Campo was the first encomendero and the evangelization of the region was entrusted to the Franciscans. Atotonilco in 1551 was given in encomienda to the conquistador Andrés de Villanueva. In November 1824 the State Congress ruled that the village of Atotonilco hereafter would have the title of town, and would also be the head of the department which includes Arandas and Ayotlán. On May 15, 1868 the governor of Jalisco, Antonio Gómez Cuervo, elevated the status of Atotonilco to a city, which it retains to this day.

Atotonilco El Alto municipality[edit]

has 112 towns of Milpillas, Atotonilco El Alto, La Santa Rosa, La Cofradia, San Francisco de Asís, Santa Elena, La Guadalupana, San Joaquin, El, Ojo de Agua de Morán, El Agua Caliente, El Nacimiento, San Jose del Valle, San Joaquin, San Antonio de Fernandez, Nuevo Valle, Margaritas, La Purisma, Los Adobes and mores.

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