Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

Tehuantepec Map 1Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

“The Hill of the Beasts”

“Hill of the Demons.”

Named by the Aztecs after the local warriors who fiercely defended their city.

Tehuantepec is a colonial city located on the isthmus of Mexico. Women play an important role in the city and Tehuantepec is often called a matriarchal society. While there is an air of confidence and purpose to the women, the leadership roles only appear to be dominant in the many markets that grace the city.

Festivals and traditional celebrations are important here. Tehuantepec is famous for it’s heavily embroidered womens dress. Frieda Kahlo adopted the dress and is often pictured with a Tehuantepec tunic.

Tehauntepec Fast Facts

Formally Named : Santo Domingo Tehuantepec

Location – On the banks of the Tehuantepec River on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the State of Oaxaca.

Weather – Little temperature variation throughout the year.

Population – 42,000

Elevation – 50 M

Founded – 15th century by Zapotec Indians

Medical – Hospitals and Clinics.

Money – Banks and ATMs

Industry –Agriculture. Products include sesame, coconut, banana and mango. There is also cattle and sheep ranching. Handicrafts are also important, predominently pottery and traditional dresses..

Airport – Closest international and non-international airports to Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Salina Cruz Airport 19 kms or the Huatulco Airport 124 kms


The Zapotec Indians founded Tehuantepec before the arrival of the Spanish and the language and many of the customs remain.


Things to See and Do


At the Junction of Highway 190 and the toll Highway 185 D, turn according to the signs to Tehuantepec and drive 5KMs



RV Parks


Hotel Calli and Camping


Oaxaca Trailer Park

San Felipe Del Aqua Trailer Park

EL Tule (Just Outside Oaxaca)

Overlander Oasis



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