Cansahcab Municipality

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Principal Church of Cansahcab, Yucatán
Principal Church of Cansahcab, Yucatán
Region 4 Litoral centro #009
Region 4 Litoral centro #009
Cansahcab is located in Mexico
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°10′N 89°06′W / 21.167°N 89.100°W / 21.167; -89.100Coordinates: 21°10′N 89°06′W / 21.167°N 89.100°W / 21.167; -89.100
Country Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico
State Flag of Yucatan.svg Yucatán
 • Type PRI Party (Mexico).svg 2012–2015[1]
 • Municipal President Felipe Chan May[2]
 • Total 146.9 km2 (56.7 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 6 m (20 ft)
Population (2010[3])
 • Total 4,696
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)
INEGI Code 009
Major Airport Merida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport
Website Official Website

Cansahcab Municipality (In the Yucatec Maya Language: "Place of the four white caves") is a small (146.90 km²) municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán located roughly 50 km southeast of the Merida.[2]


Before the arrival of the Spanish, the area belonged to the chieftainship of Ah Kin Chel. After the conquest the area became part of the encomienda system. One of the encomenderas was Bantulia Sosa de Rivero, who in 1700 had responsibility entrusted for the care of 250 indigenous inhabitants.[2]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821 and in 1825, the area was assigned to the Izamal Municipality. In 1913 it was designated as its own municipality.[2]


The municipal president is elected for a three-year term. The town council has four councilpersons, who serve as Secretary and councilors of ecology, public services and public security.[4]


The head of the municipality is Cansahcab, Yucatán. The other populated areas of the municipality include Ayala, Ekbalám, Kancabchén, San Antonio Xíat, San Isidro, San Pedro, Santa María, and Uchanchá. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

Community Population
Entire Municipality (2010) 4,696[3]
Cansahcab 4325 in 2005[5]
San Antonio Xíat 171 in 2005[6]
Santa María 224 in 2005[7]

Local festivals[edit]

Every year from 14 – 16 September, Cansahcab holds an annual fair or "fiesta del pueblo" during which an impromptu bullfighting ring is set up to host much of the festivities which include a charrería, bullfighting and folkloric dancing.[8] On 4 October, a feast is held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the town.[2]


Notable locals include General Teodosio Canto who was governor of the state of Yucatán from 1882-1886.[2]

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Former Convent and Church of St. Francis of Assisi, built in the seventeenth century[2]
  • Cenote Bohchen[4]
  • Cenote Hu-Can-Ha[4]
  • Cenote Popola[4]


  1. ^ "Presidentes Municipales" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: PRI yucatan. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Municipios de Yucatán »Cansahcab" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Mexico In Figures:Cansahcab, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Cansahcab". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cansahcab (2005)". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "San Antonio Xíat (2005)". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Santa María (2005)". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Independence day".