The Chapa de Mota area was first inhabited in the early 16th century by different ethnic groups; however, the Otomis had the control over the whole zone and established the original village. The Mexica eventually conquered the area.
In Chapa de Mota, today, there are many retail businesses like clothing stores, footwear stores, butchers, groceries and pharmacies. Finally there is an industry called Camil SA. De CV, that manufactures plastic hooks. (City hall)
As municipal seat, the town of Chapa de Mota has governing jurisdiction over the following communities:
Barajas, Cadenqui, Damate, Danxhó, Ejido de Barajas, Ejido de San Felipe Coamango, Dongu, El Chabacano, El Puerto, San Gabriel, El Quinte, El Salto, Ex-hacienda de Bodengui, La Alameda, La Concepción, La Esperanza, La Ladera, La Loma, La Palma, Las Ánimas, Los Limones, Macavaca (Santa Ana Macavaca), Mefi, Rancho el Tejocote, Rancho la Soledad, Rancho los Negritos, San Felipe Coamango, San Francisco de las Tablas, San Gabriel, San Juan Tuxtepec, San Rafael (Balneario las Cascadas), Santa Elena, Santa María, Tenjay, Venú, Ventey, Xhoñe, and Xhote
The principal economic activities are agriculture, farming and industry; the population in Chapa de Mota is about 756 people. Chapa de Mota has forests with a lot of vegetation and animals.
Chapa De Mota is rich in natural resources; the principal landmark is mountains and rainforest. There are many kinds of vegetation and animals. In the forests of Chapa de Mota, there are pines, oyamel firs, ocote pines, oaks, cedars, eucalyptus, and other kinds of trees. There are also a lot of animals that live there such as rabbits, squirrels, moles, bats, weasels, badgers, tlacuaches, and ferrets, as well as reptiles and insects like frogs, chameleons, scorpions, snakes, ants, bees, and crickets.
In Chapa de Mota the principal economic activities are irrigation and agriculture, especially corn, oats, beans and broad beans as well as the breeding of cattle, pigs, poultry and sheep. Tourism is another economic activity because there are a lot of mountainous zones to camp in. There is also an open area called "Mexico Chiquito" where competitions of model planes takes place.
Also in Chapa de Mota (the seat) exist a lot of retail businesses of clothing stores, footwear stores, butcheries, groceries and pharmacies. Finally there is an industry called Camil SA. De CV. That manufactures plastic hooks. (City hall)