Mecayapan
Mecayapan is a municipio along the Gulf of Mexico and the highlands of the Sierra de
Santa Marta in southeast Veracruz in east central Mexico..

The name Mecayapan has different interpretations in Nahuatl, including "stream of the
Macaya tree" or river of trinkets".

The almost 31? km of gulf coast are almost unoccupied and totally unexploited.

Almost all of the municipio is integrated with the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere.

Main access is via a paved road from Chinameca, near Acayucan. A new road,
connecting the municipio to Soteapan has now been built.
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In the 16th century the area was known as part of the province of Coatzacoalcos.

The municipio was created in 1831 and in 1889 split its surface area with Pajapan, and again in 1997 with
Tatahuicapan. As a consequence the county is divided into 2 parts connected by a thread.
Mecayapan had  13,633 inhabitants as of the 2005 census, including more than 11,700 indigenous people.

The only major towns are the same named county seat with a population of 4,051,
Population density is 46/km², and growth is negative: 2000 (15,210), 2005 (13,633)

Illiteracy runs 32%, and on the poverty scale the municipio ranks at 303 out of 2454 Mexican counties.
More than 70% of the inhabitants speak native languages, primarily Nahuatl.
App. 2,600 families received 23 million pesos in 2008 of "Oportunidades" welfare funds.
72.8% of employed workers earned less than 2 minimum wages in 2005.

The 2008 municipal budget was 27,2 million pesos, 2413 pesos per inhabitant.

The municipio occupies 315 km²,
of which 153 km² are dedicated to livestock, and 5227 cattle were slaughtered in 2007.
Agriculture on 60km² harvests mainly corn, palm oil, and beans.  

It has a 46 km? road net, and as of 2007, 297 vehicles were registered, plus 4400 horses.

Central coordinates are 18° 13' 05" N,  94° 50' 25" W  and the central altitude is 360 m.
The highest elevation is probably around 700 m. The coast is app 31 km? long.
Most of the county is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Los Tuxtlas.
More than 99% is considered part of the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas.
Mecayapan is part of the
Region: Olmeca,
Distrito electoral local: XXVII Cosoleacaque,
Distrito electoral federal: XXI Cosoleacaque  

The municipio borders
North:
Gulf of Mexico,
South: Chinameca and Soteapan,
East: Pajapan and the Gulf of Mexico
West: Catemaco, Soteapan and Tatahuicapan.


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  Mecayapan
Hotel Mecalco
near Huazuntlan
Km. 25  Oteapan - Soteapan
(924) 219 4171
Hotel ?
near Huazuntlan
desde 200 pesos
Some beaches near Huatzuntlan attract visitors from the south of Veraruz during hot days.
The balnearios  Huazuntlán, Tonalapa, Naranjo, Cerro de la Palma, also cater to mainly Veracruz visitors.

Alighthouse in Perla del Golfo is worth a visit, otherwise there is no tourism in the municipality.

You can visit the northeastern Gulf Coast  by hiring a boat in Sontecomapan (about 1500 pesos).

I know of two hotels near Huazuntlán, and rooms for rent in Perla del Golfo. Most larger communities
have one or more very basic restaurants.
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