Santiago Atitlán, Oaxaca

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Santiago Atitlán
Municipality and town
Santiago Atitlán is located in Mexico
Santiago Atitlán
Santiago Atitlán
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°6′N 95°57′W / 17.100°N 95.950°W / 17.100; -95.950Coordinates: 17°6′N 95°57′W / 17.100°N 95.950°W / 17.100; -95.950
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 82.93 km2 (32.02 sq mi)
Elevation 1,520 m (4,990 ft)
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Santiago Atitlán 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.[1]

The municipality covers wooded and mountainous area of 82.93 km². The forests contain oak, mahogany, white cedar and red cedar, among others. Fruit trees include orange, lime, apple, peach, banana, sapodilla, mamey, pineapple, guava, plum, payua, avocado and mango. Wild animals include cat, wild boar, tapir, brocket deer, deer, tepexcuincle, coyote, wolf, bobcat and fox.[1]

As of 2005, the municipality had 679 households with a total population of 3,187 of which 2.790 spoke an indigenous language. The main economic activity is cultivation of coffee. Other crops are corn, beans, peppers and tomatoes.[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 "Santiago Atitlán, Oaxaca". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved June 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region" (PDF). GPIAtlantic. Retrieved 2010-07-18.