San Juan Lachao

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San Juan Lachao
Municipality and town
San Juan Lachao is located in Mexico
San Juan Lachao
San Juan Lachao
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°09′N 97°07′W / 16.150°N 97.117°W / 16.150; -97.117Coordinates: 16°09′N 97°07′W / 16.150°N 97.117°W / 16.150; -97.117
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 190.1 km2 (73.4 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 3,936
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

San Juan Lachao is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. It is part of the Juquila District in the center of the Costa Region.[1]

The municipality covers 190.1 km² of hilly land. The town is at an elevation of 60 meters above sea level. The climate is mild and humid. Local flowers include cartucho, gladiolus, marigold, bougainvillea, roses and geraniums. The area is well-wooded, with pine, oak, avocado, macuil, cedar, and guanacaxtle cuachepil. Mangoes, plums, bananas, oranges, limes and avocados provide fruit. Local birds include chachalaca, white-winged dove, pigeon blue, red Palamo, real peak, quail, magpie, woodpecker and parakeet. Wild boar, deer, badger, raccoon, squirrel, body spin, opossums, skunks and foxes are found in the forests, and iguana and rattlesnake are also present.[1]

As of 2005, the municipality had 739 households with a total population of 3,936 of whom 1,825 spoke an indigenous language.[1] Some of the people speak the Chatino language, a remote branch of the Zapotecan family spoken only in the Juquila district.[2] The majority of the population is engaged in growing corn and beans.[1] The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region, a cooperative founded in 1982, assists in production and distribution of the local products under a fair trade or organic label.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "San Juan Lachao". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ Franz Boas (1913). "Notes on the Chatino Language of Mexico". American Anthropologist. 15: 78–86. doi:10.1525/aa.1913.15.1.02a00080. JSTOR 659559. 
  3. ^ "Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region" (PDF). GPIAtlantic. Retrieved 2010-07-18.