Uxpanapa (municipality)

Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°17′0″N 94°27′0″W / 17.28333°N 94.45000°W / 17.28333; -94.45000Coordinates: 17°17′0″N 94°27′0″W / 17.28333°N 94.45000°W / 17.28333; -94.45000
Country  Mexico
State Veracruz
Municipal seat La Chinantla (Poblado 10)
Municipality created 31 January 1997
  Municipal President Juan Cuauhtémoc Vargas Mendoza (AFV)
  Total 2,600 km2 (1,000 sq mi)
Elevation 38 m (125 ft)
Population (2005)
  Total 24,906
  Density 9.6/km2 (25/sq mi)
Website www.uxpanapa.gob.mx

Uxpanapa Municipality is a municipality lying in the southeastern part of the state of Veracruz (adjacent to the state of Oaxaca), in Mexico. It is bordered by the municipalities of Jesús Carranza, Hidalgotitlán, Minatitlán, and Las Choapas in Veracruz, as well as Santa María Chimalapa in Oaxaca. It has an area of 2,600 km².[1] Its municipal seat is the town of La Chinantla (Poblado Diez), its largest community, with a 2005 census population of 2,579 inhabitants. Other significant communities in the municipality include the towns of Villa Juarez (poblado 1), Saturnino, Helio García Alfaro (Poblado Once), Río Uxpanapa (Poblado Catorce),La laguna, Agustin Melgar, La Horqueta (Poblado Doce), Hermanos Cedillo (Poblado Dos A), Plan de Arroyo (poblado 2 B), and Poblado Cinco. In the 2005 INEGI census the municipality recorded a population of 24,906 inhabitants.[2] The municipality contains a northern extension of the ecologically sensitive Selva Zoque tropical rainforest.[3]

The municipality is located in a valley of the same name, it has excellent ecotourism views, jungles, rock formations and rivers lined with sandy and gravel beaches, caves and jungles jungles dry season starts in March and end in June, and wet season starts in July and ends in February, when it may rain for a whole month.

It is populated by people of different races, Mexican Blacks (negros, Mulatos), indigenous people, ( Mixe, Zapotec, Chinantec and Tecos as well as mestizos, and people of Spaniard, French, Arabic and German origens

The religion of the people is mostly catholic, Protestants, Native Mexican religions, Pre-colonial witchcraft, Wiccan and Atheism

The region is a source of Olmec, Mayan, Chimalapan, Zapotec and Totonacan Antiquities treasured by the inhabitants, best represented by the lion statue on top of La Esmeralda, Chimalapa municipal agency.

The municipality was the base of "La Gringa"and "EL corte" plantations, dedicated to the cultivation of rubber plants, bananas and coffee and the illegal extraction of Emeralds, Gold and Rubies, owned by an American companies before being expelled during the Mexican Revolution of 1910


  1. "Uxpanapa". Portal del Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz. Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  2. "Uxpanapa". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. INAFED. Archived from the original on 27 May 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  3. "Selva Zoque-La Sepultura" (PDF) (in Spanish). Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad. Retrieved 2010-06-28.

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