Capulalpam de Méndez

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Capulalpam de Méndez
Municipality an toun
Capulalpam de Méndez is locatit in Mexico
Capulalpam de Méndez
Capulalpam de Méndez
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°18′N 96°27′W / 17.300°N 96.450°W / 17.300; -96.450
Kintra  Mexico
State Oaxaca
Aurie
 • Total 19.14 km2 (7.39 sq mi)
Elevation 2,040 m (6,690 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Tot 1,313
Time zone Central Staundart Time (UTC-6)
 • Simmer (DST) Central Daylicht Time (UTC-5)

Capulalpam de Méndez is a toun an municipality in the Sierra Juárez in Oaxaca in sooth-wastren Mexico. It is pairt o the Ixtlán Destrict in the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca region. The name "Capulalpam" in Nahuatl means "Laund o the chokecherry tree" - a common teep o tree in the aurie.[1]

Environment[eedit | eedit soorce]

Road in the municipality o Capulalpam de Méndez

The municipality covers an aurie o 19.14 km² o ruggit muntainous terrain. The toun is at an altitude o 2,040 metres abuin sea level in a heich muntain glen. The climate is predominantly ceul an weet. Common flouers include Gladiolus, geraniums, roses, bougainvillea, tulips an calla lilies. Trees include esh, aguilar, ayacahuite, aik, an Madrano ocotal, as weel as fruit-bearin walnuts, pears, quince, aipple, peach, ploum an chokecherry.[1]

Common birds are the eagle, hawk, craw, houlet, dou, vultur, bat, swallae, sparrow, lark, quail, pheasant, picocanda an magpie. Wild animals include tod, coyote, brock, armadillo, wild boar, deer, tlacomixtle, opossum, cougar, skunk, jaguar, panther, rabbit an paca. The aurie haes lizards, coral snakes, rattlesnakes, tarantula an scorpion an aw.[1]

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Entrance to church in Capulalpam de Méndez

As o 2005, the municipality haed 326 hoosehaulds wi a total population o 1,313, 89 o wham spak a hamelt leid. Aboot 10% o the population is engagit in jewelry manufactur an anither 10% wirk in a stane aggregate plant. Maist ithers are engagit in agricultur.[1] The toun haes a bonnie 16t century kirk dedicatit tae St. Matthew. The kirk interior is lined bi 15 lairge, ornate, haund-carvit releegious scenarios that date frae the 16t an 17t centuries.[2]

In Februar 2008, Capulalpam wis offeecially designatit a "Pueblo Magico" (magical toun), Oaxaca's first an Mexico's 33rd siclike toun. The govrenment annooncit plans tae construct a tradeetional healin center. The new designation an the healin center wur expectit tae boost tourism.[2] The centre, nou open, employs tradeetional healers wha provide medicinal plant therapy, massages, temazcal an herbal baths. The center haes a herbal pharmacy an affers basic trainin courses aboot a great variety o medicinal plants.[3] The 'temazcal' is a teep o sweat lodge that gives pheesical an spiritual purification uisin the fower elements o fire, air, watter an earth tae give relief frae the stresses o daily life. Participants mey reak a level o consciousness seimlar tae that o meditation.[4]

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References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Capulalpam de Méndez". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Capulalpam de Mendez becomes Oaxaca's first Pueblo Magico". Si Oaxaca. February 22, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  3. "Capulálpam de Méndez Guide". Planeta.com. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  4. "Capulalpam de Mendez". tierraventura. Retrieved 2010-07-18.