Xocchel Municipality

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Principal Church of Xocchel, Yucatán
Principal Church of Xocchel, Yucatán
Region 3 Centro #103
Region 3 Centro #103
Xocchel is located in Mexico
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°51′00″N 89°11′20″W / 20.85000°N 89.18889°W / 20.85000; -89.18889Coordinates: 20°51′00″N 89°11′20″W / 20.85000°N 89.18889°W / 20.85000; -89.18889
CountryFlag of Mexico.svg Mexico
StateFlag of Yucatan.svg Yucatán
 • TypePRD logo without border (Mexico).svg 2012–2015[1]
 • Municipal PresidentLeydi Guadalupe Castro Gamboa[2]
 • Total53.65 km2 (20.71 sq mi)
Elevation14 m (46 ft)
 • Total3,236
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
INEGI Code009
Major AirportMerida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport

Xocchel Municipality (In the Yucatec Maya Language: “counting magpies is found”) is one of the 106 municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán containing (53.65 km2) of land and located roughly 45 km southeast of the city of Mérida.[2]


During pre-Hispanic times, the area was part of the chieftainship of Ah-Kin-Chel. After the conquest the area became part of the encomienda system. In 1753, two women were the encomenderas for Xocchel, Catalina Guerrero y Ulbarri and María Enríquez de Novoa, responsible for 207 indigenous people.[2]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821.[2] On 30 November 1840 a partition was made assigning Xocchel to the Izamal Municipality.[4] In 1988, it was made its own municipality.[5]


The municipal president is elected for a three year term. The town council has four councilpersons, who serve as Secretary and councilors of public service, nomenclature, cemeteries, and parks.[6]


The head of the municipality is Xocchel, Yucatán. The other populated areas are Much, El Paraíso, Santa Cruz, X-lelbé, and Yaxquil. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

Community Population
Entire Municipality (2010) 3,236[3]
Xocchel 2905 in 2005[7]

Local festivals[edit]

Every year from 24 to 29 June, the feast of San Juan Bautista, patron saint of the village, is held.[2]

Tourist attractions[edit]

  • Church of San Juan Bautista


  1. ^ "Nuevo local del PRD en Yucatán" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Diario de Yucatán. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Municipios de Yucatán »Xocchel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Mexico In Figures: Xocchel, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ División territorial del Estado de Yucatán de 1810 a 1995 (PDF) (in Spanish) (1. ed.). Aguascalientes, Mexico: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. 1997. pp. 101–102. ISBN 970-13-1518-9. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. ^ División territorial del Estado de Yucatán de 1810 a 1995, pp 123-124
  6. ^ "Xocchel". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Xocchel". PueblosAmerica (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 10 June 2015.