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Simojovel is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°09′N 92°43′W / 17.150°N 92.717°W / 17.150; -92.717Coordinates: 17°09′N 92°43′W / 17.150°N 92.717°W / 17.150; -92.717
Country  Mexico
State Chiapas
Municipal seat Simojovel de Allende
 • Presidente Municipal José Amir Pérez Conde (2008–10)
 • Total 446.99 km2 (172.58 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 40,297
View of Simojovel in 1987

Simojovel is one of the 119 municipalities of Chiapas, in southern Mexico.

As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 40,297,[1] up from 31,615 as of 2005.[2] It covers an area of 446.99 km².

The municipality had 145 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) were: Simojovel de Allende (10,762), the municipal seat classified as urban, and Pueblo Nuevo Sitala (2,437), La Pimienta (1,755), El Jardín (1,626), La Ceiba (1,275), Las Maravillas (1,204), and Constitución (1,103), classified as rural.[1]


Until 1990, the majority of the population worked on the harvest of coffee, but today mining and the Chiapan amber trade are the most important economic activities.[citation needed]

It is also known for its gastronomic traditions inherited from their ancient Mayan ancestors,[citation needed] and for cooking 'zats', a tree worm that grows in 'caulote' trees typical of the region (known there as 'tapaculo'), as well as the 'yervamora', a seasonal vegetable, a chili variety 'simojovel' native to the town region, and the 'suy' prepared food.[citation needed]

Native inhabitants of Simojovel do not allow tourists or foreign visitors interviews, as a measure to protect their patrimony and non-ethical profit.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Simojovel". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Simojovel". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas. Retrieved August 1, 2008.