Dzilam de Bravo Municipality

Coordinates: 21°23′33″N 88°53′29″W / 21.39250°N 88.89139°W / 21.39250; -88.89139
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Dzilam de Bravo
Principal Church of Dzilam de Bravo, Yucatán
Principal Church of Dzilam de Bravo, Yucatán
Municipalities of Yucatán by Region: Region 4 Litoral centro #028
Municipalities of Yucatán by Region: Region 4 Litoral centro #028
Dzilam de Bravo is located in Mexico
Dzilam de Bravo
Dzilam de Bravo
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 21°23′33″N 88°53′29″W / 21.39250°N 88.89139°W / 21.39250; -88.89139
Country Mexico
State Yucatán
 • Type 2012–2015[1]
 • Municipal PresidentPedro Jesús Castillo Reyes[2]
 • Total241.43 km2 (93.22 sq mi)
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
 • Total2,463
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
INEGI Code009
Major AirportMerida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport

Dzilam de Bravo Municipality (In the Yucatec Maya Language: “fierce peeling” is one of the 106 municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán containing (241.43 km2) of land and located roughly 107 km northeast of the city of Mérida.[2]


During pre-Hispanic times, the town fell within the provinces under the chieftainship of Cheles. After the conquest the area became part of the encomienda system. In 1544 Francisco de Montejo established a town at the site.[4]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821 and in 1825, the area was assigned to the Coastal region with its headquarters in Izamal. From 1900 to 1921 Dzilam de Bravo was a part of the Dzilam González Municipality. In 1921 it was separated to form 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 public works and public planning and beautification.[5]

The Municipal Council administers the business of the municipality. It is responsible for budgeting and expenditures and producing all required reports for all branches of the municipal administration. Annually it determines educational standards for schools.[5]

The Police Commissioners ensure public order and safety. They are tasked with enforcing regulations, distributing materials and administering rulings of general compliance issued by the council.[5]


The head of the municipality is Dzilam de Bravo, Yucatán. The other populated areas include El Cerrito, Espoquin Chico, Noh-Yaxché, Pueblo Nuevo, San Alfredo, San José, X-tabán and Yalcubul. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

Community Population
Entire Municipality (2010) 2,463[3]
Dzilam de Bravo 2188 in 2005[6]
Pueblo Nuevo 33 in 2005[7]

Local festivals[edit]

Every year from the 10 to 13 June they celebrate the festival in honor of San Antonio de Padua, patron saint of the town.[2]

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Church of San Antonio de Padua built in the 16th century[2]
  • Church of the Immaculate Conception built in the 16th century[2]
  • Church of St. Peter built in the 17th century[2]
  • Cenote Elepetén[8]
  • Bolmay archaeological site[4]
  • Palaban archaeological site[4]
  • Petul archaeological site[4]
  • Poxil archaeological site[4]
  • Sotpol archaeological site[4]
  • Tamba archaeological site[4]
  • Xalau archaeological site[4]
  • Xcan archaeological site[4]
  • Xcoom archaeological site[4]
  • Xmaos archaeological site[4]
  • Xuyap archaeological site[4]
  • Parque San Felipe[9]


  1. ^ "Presidentes Municipales" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: PRI yucatan. 23 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Municipios de Yucatán »Dzilam de Bravo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Mexico In Figures: Dzilam de Bravo, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Dzilam de Bravo". Gente Practika (in Spanish). Yucatán, Mexico: Gente Práctika® and Crónicas de Yucatán. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Dzilam de Bravo". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Dzilam de Bravo". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Pueblo Nuevo". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Inicio » Yucatán » Cenotes y aguadas » Elepetén". yucatan.gob (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Government of the Yucatán. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Home » Topics » Dzilam de Bravo". Yucatan Today. Yucatan Today. Retrieved 2 July 2015.