Villages in the Hills
East of Volcano San Martin Tuxtla
Perla del San Martin, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, Mario Souza
Dos Amates, Vista Hermosa, (Lazaro Cardenas).

Northeast of the Sierra de Santa Marta
Peninsula de Moreno, San Rafael
Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Miguel Hidalgo, Benito Juarez.

South of  Laguna Catemaco
Zapoapan de Cabañas, El Aguila, Dos Arroyos, etc.

West of the Catemaco to Acayucan highway
Ahuatepec, La Candelaria, San Juan Seco de Valencia, (La Laguneta).
Catemaco
Veracruz, Mexico
Benito Juarez
Description: village, ejido
Name: Mexican president  (1858-1872)
Population: 471 (2005), Altitude: 1400 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops, ecotourism
Access: Catemaco - Tebanca highway, then dirt road south and uphill east 3 miles, 14 miles
Tourism: ecotouristic installations
Visit Benito Juarez
Miguel Hidalgo
Name: Mexican independence hero (1753 - 1811)
Population: 453  (2005), Altitude: 1850 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops, ecotourism
Access: Catemaco - Tebanca highway, then 7 miles dirt road, 18 miles total.
Tourism: ecotouristic installations
Visit Miguel Hidalgo
Dos Amates
Description: village, ejido
Name: Two Amate trees
Population: 687 (2005), Altitude: 1150 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops
Tourism: waterfall, cabañas
Visit Dos Amates
Lázaro Cárdenas
Description: hamlet, ejido
Population: 176 (2005), Altitude: 530 feet
Note: Belongs to San Andrés, but is only accessible from Catemaco
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops
Access:  Catemaco - Montepio highway, La Palma exit, then dirt road 5 miles uphill, 18 miles total.
Tourism:  tiny waterfalls, small fishing lake, panoramic views, rear access to Biology station.
Zapoapan de Cabañas
Description: town, ejido
Name: from Nahuatl, "near the river of the Zapote trees", Cabañas was added to distinguish the village from others.
Population: 1280  (2005), Altitude: 1915 feet
History:
Economy: coffee plantations, sugarcanel, general agriculture
Access: Catemaco - Acayucan highway, KM 159, 10 miles
Tourism: minor waterfall, coffee trees in season, plant nursery.
San Rafael
Description: hamlet, ejido
Name: from Spanish Archangel Saint Ralph
Population: 93 (2005), Altitude: 287 m
History:
Economy: coffee, sugarcane, some cattle
Access: paved, end of Catemaco - Coyame highway, then dirt road 2 miles, 10 miles total
Tourism: minor waterfall, coffee trees in season, plant nursery
Vista Hermosa
Description: dying hamlet, ejido
Name: Spanish "pretty view"
History:
Population: 9* (2005), Altitude: 1520 feet
Economy: cattle
Access: Catemaco - Sontecomapan highway, then dirt road 3 miles, 7 miles north of Catemaco
Tourism: minor waterfall, pepper trees in season
Perla de San Martin
Description: hamlet,
Name: Pearl of Saint Martin
Population: 231  (2005), Altitude: 2640 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops
Access:  off Catemaco - Montepio highway, Perla exit, then dirt road 6 miles uphill, 13 miles
Tourism: highest populated village in Catemaco
Mario Souza
Description: hamlet, ejido,
Name: Chief of Mexican agrarian department 1950's?
Population: 543  (2005), Altitude: 480 m
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops
Access:  Catemaco - Sontecomapan highway,  Perla exit, then dirt road 2 miles uphill, 9 miles
Tourism: panoramic views
Gustavo Diaz Ordaz
Description: hamlet, ejido,
Name: former Mexican president
Population: 203  (2005), Altitude: 1600 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops
Access:  Catemaco - Sontecomapan highway, Perla exit, then dirt road 3 1/2 miles uphill, 11 miles
Tourism: panoramic views
Peninsula de Moreno
Description: village, ejido, on Coxcoapan River
Name: Spanish "Peninsula of ?" - who was Moreno?
History:
Economy: cattle
Access: Catemaco - Coyame highway,  then dirt road up & downhill 2 miles, 11 miles.
Tourism: potential river kayaking
Adolfo Lopez Mateos
Description: village, ejido
Name: former Mexican president (1954 - 1964)
Population: 114  (2005), Altitude: 600 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops, fruits, tourism
Access: paved, end of Catemaco - Tebanca highway, exit Coyame,  then 2.5 mile dirt road, 12 miles
Tourism: ecotouristic installations, waterfall, river
Visit Adolfo Lopez Mateos
Name: Spanish "two streams"
Population: 121 (2005), Altitude: 1915 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, some crops
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, exit Zapoapan, then 2 miles paved & 1 mile dirt road, 13 miles.
Tourism:  downhill trail to Laguna  
Colonia El Aguila
Description: village,  colonia agricola
Name: Spanish "village of the eagle "
Population: 633 (2005), Altitude: 1980 feet
History:
Economy: cattle, agriculture
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, exit Zapoapan, then 2 miles dirt road, 12 miles.
Tourism: 0
Ahuatepec
Description: village, ejido
Name: from Nahuatl, "water hill"
History:
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, KM 159?,  then 1 mile dirt road, 6 miles.
Tourism: 0
La Candelaria
Description: village, ejido?
Name: Spanish "virgen of Calendaria"
Population: 811  (2005), Altitude: 484 m
History:
Economy: cattle, crops
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, KM 159?, then 2 miles dirt road, 8 miles
Tourism: 0
San Juan Seco de Valencia
Description: village, ejido
Name: Spanish " Dry saint John of Valencia?" no idea!
History:
Population: 1158 (2005), Altitude: 1550 feet
Economy: cattle,
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, KM ??,  then 4 miles dirt road, 11 miles. .
Tourism:  road to Covarrubias
La Laguneta
Description: village, ejido
Name: Spanish "the small lake"
Population: 811  (2005), Altitude: 1600 feet
Belongs to San Andrés, included because only access is from Catemaco)
History:
Economy: corn, cattle
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, KM ??,  then 2 1/2 miles dirt road, 7 miles.
Tourism: 0
south of  Laguna Catemaco
foothills east of  Volcano San Martín Tuxtla
Description: village, ejido
Name: Mexican President 1911-1913
Note: Belongs to Hueyapan, included because it is part of the Laguna circumference road.
Population: 285 (2005), Altitud: 2500 feet
History:
Economy: cattle.
Access: off Catemaco - Acayucan highway, exit Zapoapan, then 2 miles paved to El Aguila, then 6 miles dirt road, 18 miles.
Tourism:  0 (very bad road from El Aguila 2009)
Description: pueblo, ejido
Name: Supposedly Jesus's wife
Note: Belongs to Soteapan, included because it is part of the Laguna circumference road.
Population: 121 (2005), Altitude: 1910 feet
History: founded by people from Puebla in the 1960´s
Economy: Cattle
Access: Catemaco - Tebanca highway, then 9 miles dirt road, 18 miles
Tourism:  municipal bus stop, entrance to Brecha del Maiz to Soteapan, or turnoff to highway 180,
west of the Federal Highway
foothills northeast of the Sierra Santa Marta
For a list of attractions in the hills, see:
Catemaco attractions
For hotel and general tourism information, see:
catemaco.info - tourism