Buctzotz Municipality

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Principal Church of Buctzotz, Yucatán
Principal Church of Buctzotz, Yucatán
Region 5 Noreste #006
Region 5 Noreste #006
Buctzotz is located in Mexico
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°12′06″N 88°47′34″W / 21.20167°N 88.79278°W / 21.20167; -88.79278Coordinates: 21°12′06″N 88°47′34″W / 21.20167°N 88.79278°W / 21.20167; -88.79278
Country Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
State Flag of Yucatan.svg Yucatán
Mexico Ind. 1821
Yucatán Est. 1824
 • Type PAN logo (Mexico).svg 2012–2015[1]
 • Municipal President Manuel Jesús Argaez Cepeda[2]
 • Total 543.45 km2 (209.83 sq mi)
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Population (2010[3])
 • Total 8,637
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
 • Demonym Umanense
Time zone UTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
INEGI Code 006
Major Airport Merida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport
Website Official Website
Municipalities of Yucatán

Buctzotz Municipality (Yucatec Maya: "dress made of hair") is one of the 106 municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán containing (543.45 km2) of land and is located roughly 95 kilometres (59 mi) northeast of the city of Mérida.[2] It contains several churches and a hospital, Centre de Salud Buctzotz, in the eastern part of the main town.


There is no accurate data on when the town was founded, but during the conquest, it became part of the encomienda system and Francisco de Montejo the Younger was the first encomendero.[4]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821, and in 1825 the area was assigned to the coastal region partition of Izamal Municipality. In 1867 it was transferred to the Temax Municipality and in 1988 was confirmed as head of its own municipality.[5]

In 1913, Buctzotz was the site of a battle of the revolutionary forces under the command of the General Juan Campos.[2]


The municipal president is elected for a three-year term. The town council has seven councilpersons, who serve as Secretary and councilors of public works, public services, ecology, parks, public sanitation, nomenclature and cemeteries.[6]


The head of the municipality is Buctzotz, Yucatán. There are 18 populated areas of the municipality[6] which include Chuntzalam, Dzonot Sábila, Gran Lucha, Grano de Oro, Muldzonot, San Francisco, Santo Domingo, Unidad Juárez, and X-bec. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

Community Population
Entire Municipality (2010) 8,637 [3]
Buctzotz 7229 in 2005[7]
La Gran Lucha 211 in 2005[8]
San Francisco 136 in 2005[9]
Santo Domingo 194 in 2005[10]
X-bec 515 in 2005[11]

Local festivals[edit]

Every year from 8 to 11 January the town celebrates a festival in honor of the town patroness, the Immaculate Conception and hosts a pilgrimage in her honor between 22 and 30 August. There is also a fiesta held for Santa Clara from 13 to 25 August held annually.[2]

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Church of San Isidro Labrador, built in the sixteenth century
  • Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
  • Cenote Aguas Leguas
  • Cenote Álvarez I
  • Cenote Álvarez II
  • Cenote Azuelín
  • Cenote Azúl


  1. ^ "Un proyecto une al PAN" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Diario de Yucatán. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Municipios de Yucatán »Buctzotz" (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Mexico In Figures:Buctzotz, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  4. ^ Rugeley, Sergio Quezada ; translated by Terry (2014). Maya lords and lordship : the formation of colonial society in Yucatán, 1350-1600. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-806-14579-2. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Estado de Yucatán. División Territorial de 1810 a 1995" (PDF). inegi (in Spanish). Aguascalientes, Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. 1996. pp. 101, 110, 123. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Buctzotz". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Buctzotz" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Gran Lucha" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  9. ^ "San Francisco" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Santo Domingo" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  11. ^ "X-bec" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2015.