San Juan Quiahije

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San Juan Quiahije
Municipality and town
San Juan Quiahije is located in Mexico
San Juan Quiahije
San Juan Quiahije
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°18′N 97°19′W / 16.300°N 97.317°W / 16.300; -97.317Coordinates: 16°18′N 97°19′W / 16.300°N 97.317°W / 16.300; -97.317
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 91.86 km2 (35.47 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 4,154
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

San Juan Quiahije is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. It is part of the Juquila District in the centre of the Costa Region. Quiahije means "Stone Forest" in the Zapotec language.[1]

The municipality covers an area of 91.86 km² at an altitude of 1,960 metres above sea level. The climate is temperate humid with an average temperature of 16.4°C and annual rainfall of 847 mm. The forests contain pines and oaks. Wild fauna include deer, rabbits. iguanas, armadillos, squirrels, badgers, raccoons, wild boars, skunks, wildcats, foxes and coyotes.[1]

As of 2005, the municipality had 593 households with a total population of 4154 of whom 3.517 people spoke an indigenous language. Economic activities include farming, animal husbandry and trade.[1] Quiahije is one of the centers of the Chatino people, related to the Zapotec but with a distinct language.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "San Juan Quiahije". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Chatino of Oaxaca". Mexican Textiles. Retrieved 2010-07-23.