is a municipality
located in the central region of the Mexican state
. The municipality has an area of 180.13 square kilometres (0.30% of the surface of the state) and is bordered to the north and northwest by the municipality of Morelia
, to the east by Madero
, to south by Tacámbaro
, and to the southwest by Huiramba
. The municipality had a population of 10,052 inhabitants according to the 2005 census Its municipal seat is the city of Acuitzío del Canje
A religious center near Acuitzío named Coatepec was founded by the Aztecs sometime in the 12th century. It is believed that the Aztecs abandoned the center to migrate to a place their Gods had mandated. Acuitzío is a word of Tarascan origin that means "Place of the snakes".