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Capulálpam de Méndez magic town | Oaxaca Mx

Capulálpam de Mendez magical town, on the mountains of the northern mountain range is this magical town, a natural witness of Zapotecs who preferred to live on high.

It is a town located in the northern highlands of Oaxaca, which is part of the Sierra Madre del Sur distributed by 1,200km through Mexico.

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How to get

How to get to Capulalpám de Méndez by public transport:

To get to Calpulálpam you must take a collective taxi (auto Tsuru) with capacity for 4 people, in the Ixtlan taxi site located in the first 500 meters of the road to Tuxtepec, as a reference you can identify the Benito Juárez monument located in the crossing from the main avenue and the road to Tuxtepec.

These taxis take you to the town “Ixtlán de Juárez” which is also worth knowing, there you will take another taxi that takes you to “Capulálpam de Méndez”.

Between these two towns there are 10km away, that allows you to visit both places at the same time.


How to get to Capulalpám de Méndez by car:

It is 75 km from the zócalo located in the center to the magical town of Capulálpam, your reference will be the Benito Juarez monument and you can get there by driving on the Lázaro Cárdenas avenue or the main avenue that is also the 190 international highway, when you are near from the monument you will also observe the signs to “Tuxtepec” take this road to climb the mountains, you will follow the signs to Ixtlán de Juárez and then to Capulálpam.

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Destination | attraction
Magic Town
Capulálpam de Méndez


Meaning of the name
The original name of this place is “Lachigahui” from the words in Zapotec “Lachi” = plain, “ga” = nine, “hui” = guayaba, interpreted as the plain place of guavas.

However, upon witnessing the domain of the Mexica, this place changed its name to “Capulliapam” of Nahuas words “capulli” = tree of capulín or cherry tree and “apam” = river, interpreted as a cherry tree on the riverbank.

The current name was decreed in 1936 in honor of the illustrious local citizen D. Miguel Méndez Hernández, calling it “Capulálpam de Méndez”.


It is a town located in the northern highlands of Oaxaca, which is part of the Sierra Madre del Sur distributed by 1,200km through Mexico.

Capulálpam is a magical town certified by SECTUR within the program “Magical Towns, has natural areas dedicated to ecotourism for activities such as abseiling, horseback riding, motorcycle, hiking, camping and hiking.


It is said that settlers who lived in the central valley migrated to the high mountains of the mountains, with the passage of time they descended to where today is located Capulálpam (1200 – 1400d.C.)

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.

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