|Pajapan is a municipio in southeast Veracruz state, east central Mexico, along the
Gulf of Mexico, on the southeast edge of the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas.
The county occupies the southern slopes of the San Martin Pajapan volcano to
Laguna del Ostion and its southern swamp lands.
Geographically, numerous rivers arising from the volcanic hinterland criss cross the
area to flow into Laguna del Ostion and tributaries of Rio Coatzacoalcos.
A small northwest section of the municipio is integrated with the Los Tuxtlas
Main access is via a paved road from Chinameca, near Acayucan. A bridge crossing
Laguna del Ostion towards Coatzacoalcos is being planned. Meanwhile the Veracruz
governor has offered to install a ferry in 2009.
|In the 16th century the area was known as part of the province of Coatzacoalcos. The municipio was created in 1889 by
splitting it from Mecayapan.
Its name means Hay River in the Nahuatl language, which the majority of its inhabitants still speak.
|Pajapan had 14,621 inhabitants as of the 2005 census, including more than 11,300 indigenous people.
The only major towns are the same named county seat with a population of 7303 inhabitants, Minzapan (1628) and San
Juan Velador (1576), plus another 3 communities with more than 300 inhabitants.
Population density is 48/km², and growth is positive: 1995 (13,073), 2005 (14,621).
Illiteracy runs 34%, and on the poverty scale the municipio ranks at 494 out of 2454 Mexican counties. More than 60% of
the inhabitants speak native languages, primarily Nahuatl.
App. 2,400 families received 22 million pesos in 2008 of "Oportunidades" welfare funds.
78.6% of employed workers earned less than 2 minimum wages in 2005.
The 2008 municipal budget was 26.9 million pesos, 1840 pesos per inhabitant.
The municipio occupies 306 km² of which 108 km² are dedicated to livestock, and 2929 cattle were slaughtered in 2007.
Agriculture on 30 km² harvests mainly corn and beans.
One oil well is located in the municipio.
It has a 66 km road net, and as of 2007, 262 vehicles were registered, plus 3768 horses.
Central coordinates are 18°15'39" N, 94°41'29" W and the central altitude is 180 m. The highest elevation is probably
around 400 m, but most of the county's terrain is barely above sea level.
The coast line is app. 43 km long.
A small section in the NW of the county is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Los Tuxtlas.
More than 46%is considered part of the Sierra de Los Tuxtlas.
|Pajapan is part of:
Distrito electoral local: XXVII Cosoleacaque
Distrito electoral federal: XXI Cosoleacaque
The municipio borders:
North: Mecayapan and the Gulf of Mexico,
South: Cosoleacaque and Chinameca ,
East: Coatzacoalcos and the Gulf of Mexico
|Tourism in Pajapan is focused on the gulf beaches and Laguna del Ostion.
The town of Pajapan has a guest house and basic restaurants.
Sayultepec maintains a sea turtle sanctuary.
from 200 Pesos
(921) 141 5039
|Boat Tours & Ferry
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