Santa María Alotepec

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Santa María Alotepec
Municipality and town
Santa María Alotepec is located in Mexico
Santa María Alotepec
Santa María Alotepec
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°5′N 95°51′W / 17.083°N 95.850°W / 17.083; -95.850Coordinates: 17°5′N 95°51′W / 17.083°N 95.850°W / 17.083; -95.850
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Santa María Alotepec is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. It is part of the Sierra Mixe district within the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca Region. The name Alotepec means "hill of the macaws'.[1]

The municipality covers an area of 149.27 km² at an altitude of 1,460 meters above sea level. Trees include pine, oak and cedars. Fruits include orange, banana, mamey sapote, sapodilla, mango, lime, custard apple and avocado. Wild animals include foxes, deer, armadillo, tepescuincle, wild boar and anteater. There is a great variety of butterflies.[1]

As of 2005, the municipality had 682 households with a total population of 2,526 of which 2,262 spoke an indigenous language. 90% of the population is engaged in agriculture. A few also keep domestic animals.[1] The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region, a cooperative founded in 1982, assists in production and distribution of the local products, notably coffee, under a fair trade label.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Santa María Alotepec". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. ^ "Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region" (PDF). GPIAtlantic. Retrieved 2010-07-18.