Tataltepec de Valdés

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Tataltepec de Valdés
Municipality and town
Tataltepec de Valdés is located in Mexico
Tataltepec de Valdés
Tataltepec de Valdés
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°18′N 97°33′W / 16.300°N 97.550°W / 16.300; -97.550Coordinates: 16°18′N 97°33′W / 16.300°N 97.550°W / 16.300; -97.550
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 369.99 km2 (142.85 sq mi)
Elevation 370 m (1,210 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 5,377
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Tataltepec de Valdés is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. It is part of the Juquila District in the center of the Costa Region. The town was established around 400-300 BC. The name "Tataltepec" means "Grandfather hill". Antonio Valdes, born in the town, was an early leader of the independence movement in Oaxaca who died on 19 November 1811.[1]


The municipality covers an area of 369.99 km² at an altitude of 370 meters above sea level, lying in the coastal region between the Sierra Madre del Sur and the Pacific ocean. The climate is Coastal subhumid, with an average temperature of 18.9°C and annual rainfall of 1.409 mm. Flora include pine, oak, cedar, berries, bougainvillea and roses. Fauna include mountain lions, ocelots, deer, badgers, raccoons, iguanas, toucans, armadillos, coyotes, foxes, opossums, pheasants, chachalacas, buzzards, herons, hawks, eagles, pigeons, snakes, rabbits, wild boar, squirrels, parrots, parakeets, parrots, macaws, owls, swallows, mockingbirds, orioles, grackle fish and shrimp.[1]


As of 2005, the municipality had 1,068 households with a total population of 5,377 of whom 2,842 spoke an indigenous language. Most of the people are engaged in agriculture, with some logging.[1] Tataltepec de Valdés is one of the centers of the Chatino people, related to the Zapotec but with a distinct language.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Tataltepec de Valdés". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Chatino of Oaxaca". Mexican Textiles. Retrieved 2010-07-24.