Samahil Municipality

Samahil Municipality (Yucatec Maya: "place of the legume") is one of the 106 municipalities in the Mexican state of Yucatán containing (185.22 km2) of land and is located roughly 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of the city of Mérida.[2]

Municipal Palace
Municipal Palace
Coat of arms of Samahil
Coat of arms
Region 1 Poniente #063
Region 1 Poniente #063
Samahil is located in Mexico
Location of the Municipality in Mexico
Coordinates: 20°53′09″N 89°53′22″W / 20.88583°N 89.88944°W / 20.88583; -89.88944Coordinates: 20°53′09″N 89°53′22″W / 20.88583°N 89.88944°W / 20.88583; -89.88944
CountryFlag of Mexico.svg Mexico
StateFlag of Yucatan.svg Yucatán
Mexico Ind.1821
Yucatán Est.1824
 • TypePRI logo (Mexico).svg 2012–2015[1]
 • Municipal PresidentSamuel Mayen Poot[2]
 • Total185.22 km2 (71.51 sq mi)
10 m (30 ft)
 • Total5,008
 • Density27/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Demonym
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)
INEGI Code063
Major AirportMerida (Manuel Crescencio Rejón) International Airport
Municipalities of Yucatán


There is no accurate data on when the town was founded, but it was a settlement before the conquest and was located in the chieftainship of Ak Canul. After colonization, the area became part of the encomienda system with various encomenderos.[2] The first was Rodrigo Alvarez in 1549[4] and later, José Solís Osorio in 1704.[2]

Yucatán declared its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821 and in 1825 the area was assigned to the Lower Camino Real under the Hunucma Municipality. In 1918 the area was confirmed as its own municipality.[2]


The municipal president is elected for a three-year term. The town council has four councilpersons, who serve as Secretary and councilors of public lighting, heritage and patrimony, cemeteries and markets.[5]

The Municipal Council administers the business of the municipality. It is responsible for budgeting and expenditures and producing all required reports for all branches of the municipal administration. Annually it determines educational standards for schools.[5]

The Police Commissioners ensure public order and safety. They are tasked with enforcing regulations, distributing materials and administering rulings of general compliance issued by the council.[5]


The head of the municipality is Samahil, Yucatán. The municipality has 13 other populated places[5] including Dzit, Katua, Kuchel, Poot, San Antonio Tedzidz and Xkapul. The significant populations are shown below:[2]

Community Population
Entire Municipality (2010) 5,008[3]
Kuchel 837 in 2005[6]
Samahil 2704 in 2005[7]
San Antonio Tedzidz 1219 in 2005[8]

Local festivalsEdit

Every year on 9 June the town holds a celebration for their patron, San Pedro Abad.[2]

Tourist attractionsEdit


  1. ^ "Presidentes Municipales" (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: PRI yucatan. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Municipios de Yucatán »Samahil" (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Mexico In Figures:Samahil, Yucatán". INEGI (in Spanish and English). Aguascalientes, México: Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI). Archived from the original on 6 May 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  4. ^ García Bernal, Manuela Cristina (1978). Población y encomienda en Yucatán bajo los Austrias (in Spanish). Sevilla: Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos. p. 503. ISBN 978-8-400-04399-5. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d "Samahil". inafed (in Spanish). Mérida, Mexico: Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Kuchel" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Samahil" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  8. ^ "San Antonio Tedzidz" (in Spanish). PueblosAmerica. 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2015.