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Petatlan, Guerrero



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The word Petatlán derives from the Nahuatl words petatl-mat tlan-with meaning "Next to the mat."

Petatlán is located on Highway 200 Acapulco-Zihuatanejo on the Pacific Coast Region. Distances are:

Acapulco 232 km (3 hrs).
Zihuatanejo 38 km de (20 minutos).
México D.F. 360 km. (7 hrs).
Cuernavaca, Mor. 491 km (5:25 hrs).
Morelia, Mich 418 km. (4hrs).
D.F.–vía Morelia 723 km.( 7:10hrs).
D.F.–vía Acapulco 590 km.( 6:40hrs).
Guadalajara, Jal 599km. (6:10 hrs).


The rainy season is from June to November. The climate prevailing in the municipality is: warm.

Telephone Services (758)
City Council 53 8 25 71 y 53 8 41 21
Tourism ext. 113
Civil Registry ext. 110
Cadastre ext. 145
Transit ext. 148
Regulations ext. 140
Tourist Police 53 8 40 40
Civil Protection 53 8 51 80
Basic Hospital 53 8 42 52
DIF 53 8 54 55


Further information e-mail: dir_turismopetatlan09@hotmail.com



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Petatlán The Hidden Glory

The sculpture of Jesus that you encounter in National sanctuary of Saint Peter the Apostle appeared under unusual circumstances and the people of Petatlán have told three versions of this story over the years. The fame of this statue has grown with the stories and attracts both local and international visitors.



Here in the town we celebrate diverse festivals:
- Two annual fairs; one to celebrate Easter Week when there are many processions carrying the cross and other images through the streets and the second to celebrate our patron saint day.
- We hold two regattas in October in the rivers of San Jeronimito and Petatlán.
- Carnival in February
- Triathlon in September
- Pastorelas (living dioramas of nativity scenes) and Posadas in December and much much more.

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Walking about our streets you will find the gold market where you can buy jewelry at very reasonable prices as some of the vendors are manufacturers They are located near the central plaza, the House of Culture and the building of the City Hall.

By taking the third road from the entrance to Petatlán approximately 10 km you will find Valentín, a privileged magical place with abundance of flora and fauna and in a semi virgin state. Here you can relax; listening to the sounds in nature, or navigate the lagoon’s deep fresh channels or perhaps visit any of the two turtle camps where it is often possible to participate in the liberation of just hatched baby marine turtles. We suggest that you carry food as there are no restaurants.

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And to close with clasp of gold, don’t forget to stop and visit the archaeological zone of The Solitude of Maciel. This important site is at present i in development, but you may meet one of the archeologists who may invite you to see the work in progress. They have found incredible petroglyphs, carved stones have been recovered, idols and other tributes of great hereditary and historic value have been unearthed. To find the site, take the federal highway #200 toward Zihuatanejo and turn before arriving at Palos Blancos where you will find a sign for Soledad de Maciel.

Barra de Potosí "Natural Santuary"

Take Highway 200 from Zihuatanejo South in the direction of Acapulco. Turn onto the side road from the small town of Los Achotes in the direction of Barra de Potosi, and follow this road about 15 kilometers to the Playa Blanca beach front road.

Go to the left and you will discover this small fishing village of the Guerrero coast. Barra de Potosi has few inhabitants and many of the typical traditions of Mexican villages.

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If you love and respect nature, if you enjoy the tranquility and peace of a simple place, if you are looking for a long beach, clean and isolated, interrupted only by birds and fish, Barra de Potosi is what you are seeking.

Barra de Potosi is situated in nature, with a virgin beach and a lagoon surrounded by mangroves, without bars or discos or shopping malls. You will find small enramadadas (beach side restaurants covered by palm thatch where you can relax in a hammock while watching the pelicans flying just above the waves, enjoy a drink and eat delicious sea food or fresh fish. If you like, you can take a kayak and paddle on the lagoon or along the shore to look for the many birds of this area. Or you could rent a horse to ride out along the mangroves and visit a area few ever see, or climb the hill for a spectacular view. Here too you will find small and medium sized hotels, all with the special Mexican touch.

Barra means: bar of sand. The sea opens and closes the lagoon nearly twice a year. The displacement of sand is enormous. The sea takes the sand and returns it many weeks later. The structure of the sand is slightly different than normal, the edges are square and it makes a sound when you walk on it. Here too you will find black sand, called “blue sand” which comes down the rivers from the Guerrero mountains.

La Barrita "Extreme Sensations"
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It is located at kilometer 187 on the Acapulco – Zihuatanejo road, just 10 minutes away from the main municipality.

The good size of the waves of the sea allows to surf, and its sandy beach are perfect for soccer and volleyball, here we can enjoy seafood dishes and recommend you to try the shrimps and barnacles. The place has a hotel, spa and a temazcal.

Part of the natural attractions of this place are the Pocitas created by the rock formations on the beach where children can swim freely and admire the range of different colored fishes swim among the rocks.

Located in the community of Juluchuca, 2 miles to the south on a dirt road and 10 minutes away from the main municipality is the lagoon that gives way to the Icacos beach.

It is a nesting spot for the Garapacho and Golfina turtles protected by the "La Tortuga Feliz" turtle camp. We offer six restaurants in the beach area where traditional sea and regional dishes are prepared.

In this area are also located the salt lakes which allow us to appreciate the process of salt production.

Juluchuca is pioneer in the Petatlan municipality in the preparation of sweets produced out of coconut.

Calvario is called so since it was a winding road that hindered the passage of vehicles and people. It has a panoramic viewing spot, restaurants along the road, it’s a stopping point for drivers who pass by.

To admire the scenery, take pictures from the lookout and fight the thirst with a rich coconut is essential when stopping by.



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