Sierra Mixe

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Sierra Mixe District
Oaxaca regions and districts: Sierra Norte to Northeast
Oaxaca regions and districts: Sierra Norte to Northeast
Coordinates: 17°10′N 95°47′W / 17.167°N 95.783°W / 17.167; -95.783Coordinates: 17°10′N 95°47′W / 17.167°N 95.783°W / 17.167; -95.783
Country Mexico

The Sierra Mixe or Mixes District is a district in the east of the Sierra Norte Region of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It comprises 17 municipalities and covers 4,930 km2 at an average elevation of 1,200 meters above sea level. As of 2005 the district had a total population of 96,920. The main food crops are maize and beans, while permanent crops include coffee, lemon and oranges.[1]

Most of the inhabitants are of indigenous Mixe ethnicity, and the Mixe languages are spoken throughout the region. The western part of the region is high Sierra, with climate ranging to temperate to cold with strong winds and seasons of daily and constant rains and storms, this changes to the Mixe media territories; of lower mountain ranges but still a very abrupt and rough terrain, with daily rain, ranging from tropical to mist forests to pine-encine, but the more eastern parts are the tropical lowlands of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

Sierra Mixe and main towns


Mixe Municipalities

The district includes the following municipalities:[2]

Municipality Area km2 2005
Asunción Cacalotepec 77 753
Mixistlán de la Reforma 191 2,438
San Juan Cotzocón 945 22,478 10,712
San Juan Mazatlán 1,990 16,138 8,543
San Lucas Camotlán 128 2,524 2,168
San Miguel Quetzaltepec 199 6,015 5,428
San Pedro Ocotepec 137 2,171 1,933
San Pedro y San Pablo Ayutla 108 4,319 3,639
Santa María Alotepec 149 2,526 2,262
Santa María Tepantlali
Santa María Tlahuitoltepec
Santiago Atitlán 83 3,187 2,790
Santiago Ixcuintepec 102 1,441 1,124
Santiago Zacatepec 143 4,871 4,378
Santo Domingo Tepuxtepec
Tamazulapam del Espíritu Santo
Totontepec Villa de Morelos 319 4,780


  1. ^ "Distrito 14 Mixe" (PDF). oeidrus. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  2. ^ "Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México: Estado de Oaxaca". Retrieved 2010-07-08.