Orientation & Geography

North America, Mexico, Morelos

Oaxtepec is a town within the municipality of Yautepec in the northern part of the Mexican state of Morelos. Its main industry is tourism, mostly aimed at the inhabitants of nearby Mexico City, and the town possesses various aquatic resorts and hotels. The climate is tropical and the countryside very lush. It has 78,000 inhabitants. During the XIX Olympiad in 1968, Oaxtepec was the venue an staging area for the World Youth Camp component of the Cultural Olympiad. Not every Olympic country sent delegates, but participants from the Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Guyana, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, the United States, the United Kingdom and a dozen other nations filled a resort operated the rest of the time for Mexican government officials and their families. Evan Wilson, 28, of Baltimore, was the USA delegation's Chief of Mission and while at Oaxtepec signed the so-called Oaxtepec Declaration, which he also negotiated, on behalf of the United States. The Oaxtepec Declaration called for expanded participation by world youth in sport, dialog, and encampments aimed at building international peace, friendship, and understanding.