Petatlán: Near Village

The word derives from the words Petatlán Petatl Nahuatl-Petete and Tlán-together meaning "By the Backpack." It's a beautiful Square where it is customary to play volleyball and basketball, if you are looking to live with the locals this is a good opportunity.

Petatlán is an important market for jewelry in front of its famous church. Artisans sell beautiful and carved gold pieces at prices slightly below its average retail value.

Although the town of Petatlan not gold producer, , has a long tradition of trade and craft class manufacturing jewelry of this metal.

In Petatlán you can enjoy authentic regional cuisine, from delicious dishes based on seafood from the region to cooking based on beef goat or pork among other various, local specialties.

Barra de Potosí

The town of Barra de Potosí is located in the Municipality of Petatlan,has 396 inhabitants approximately. It is a small town at the edge of the sea sea at the end of Long Beach, about 20 minutes south of the International Airport and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo 35 minutes drive from Zihuatanejo.

Barra de Potosi has some restaurants called "tabernacles" with excellent food, some small hotels and a variety of properties for rent from the simple to luxurious and unique small hotels.
His name is because during the rainy season and the bar opens the lagoon meets the sea which gives a spectacular view and to swim in the area; Los Morros de Potosí famous lie off this beach
The lagoon is home to different kinds of birds and


wildlife sanctuary in the area, with 4 1/2 miles of saltwater marsh, small boats and kayaks offer rides to admire the beauty of this unique place.


Hill of Witches

So called because in this place found pottery believed belonged to shamans little Hispanic

It is a small mountain, attractive for its wide variety of flora and fauna. The first consists of a huge cactus, medicinal species as cuacharalate, huarumbo, panicua, papelillo addition, wild pineapple and wild yam. Regarding the fauna, on this site live armadillos, rabbits, iguanas, squirrels, chachalacas, badger, opossum and during some seasons, come to this mountain parrots, parrots and parakeets.

On top of this site is flat rock engraved with what appears to be a map of the town,where points are identified as human settlements of the time, the coast and a cemetery, in territories of present community La Chole.

Another attraction is the Stone House, viewpoint from which to observe the Laguna de Potosí and communities of Palos Blancos and San Jeronimito.


Cave of Hill of Magicians

This cave is under the Stone House. Years ago a group of firefighters went to explore and found traces of quartz and jade, the background is a large space where they found cave paintings.

Access to the cave is very complicated because with the passage of time has become progressively narrower. The cave is inhabited by bats and some reptiles.


Church of Jesus Father Petatlán

In Petatlányou´ll find the church of Jesus Petatlán father, world famous religious center, located in the center of Petatlán Gro. Their presence gives rise to the traditional religious festivals of Easter.

There are three versions of how the patron saint came to this place:

The first version refers to a ship wrecked on the beaches near Petatlán and from among the wreckage was found in a package the figure of Jesus in an episode of his journey to the crucifixion, it was conducted at a modest chapel.

The second version states that a farmer went very early to work his land and on the road suddenly heard a groan, thinking that it was an injured

person went to the place of origin of those regrets, to get there it was observed that the statue of Jesus kneeling under the weight of the cross. Notice to civil and religious authorities, who were responsible for rescue of the thorns where he was. Right there he built a small church that later became a modern construction by one of his faithful.

The third version seems to be more accepted by all believers, says the priest summoned the faithful to raise money for the purchase of a sculpture of Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, as the people were poor, they did everything possible to collect a certain amount, which for more efforts to be made, not completed. Still, thepriest prepared its output for the sculpture was to happen to the old image of San Antonio who was worshiped then.

The fourth version of the Church of Padre Jesus said that at night you received an unexpected visit from a man who offered poorly dressed save you the trip to Puebla and give at the same place the image they wanted. Said to be a sculptor and saying goodbye to two days would be hearing from where they could pick up the image. On Palm Sunday a weary native came to warn that a stream was the image of the Father as Jesus said he was the priest. Addressing the scene found the image under the shadow of a giant parota. Was said between the people who arrived in a Spanish frigate and ocean waters brought the statue of the Redeemer in one of three falls on the Via Dolorosa.

Valentine Lagoon and Beach

Only 10 km. Town is so appreciated natural beauty, of the very few found in Guerrero, since it has unifying lagoon and sea.Valentine On the beach where there is a turtle camp guard the eggs from natural predators such as people who are dedicated to sell, as these are born turtles hatch and are released into the sea.

Valentine On the beach you can enjoy many activities; fishing is one of them practicing and locals. Among the species that can be caught include sea bass, red snapper, mackerel and Ojotón. For this activity from the beachside caution is advised, since the area is in front of the open sea and swell conditions are strong and often unpredictable.

In the form of deep-sea fishing, species such as dogfish, sailfish and the Octopus are caught.

There are two ways to get to this natural attraction: : the first is on the Zihuatanejo-Acapulco highway. Leaving the header to 3 kilometers away is a road known as "The Stoned",, which concludes to the beach, are calculated 8 kilometers. Then continue another 13 miles along the beach to reach the estuary Valentine.

The last access the most recommended for its fast, easy and convenient traffic, is turning to the municipal center, southwest of the shrine of Jesus of Petatlan, is located south street Benito Juarez, same estuary leading to Valentine, to no more than 10 km. Visitors can move by car or ATV, if desired, until the stream and then is transported by canoe to the Valentin beach.
The beach can be observed animal species such as pelicans and gulls. At night turtle species such as the leatherback, Black and ridley turtle nest on the site. In the area operates the turtle camp "La Tortuga Feliz", which allows visitors to stay overnight in their vicinity and participate in conservation activities and rescue the turtles.

The King

Stone figure found in 1944 by,Ms.Virginia Romero González, , in the backyard. Thinking that it was a religious image gave notice to the master of the local school, who explained that it was an archaeological piece,, so they proceeded to dig her out. The piece was broken in half; , with each side measuring 1.5 meters.

This piece represents the central part of youth, old age and death; in the neck is a pectoral representing the Supreme Being. In the abdomen carries a shield representing the jaguar and the ball game, the figure presents like clothes a belt and a loincloth. . Studies done to show that this piece dates from the year 1500 BC.


Stone Observatory

It is a stone with 52 holes representing the 52 weeks of the Mexica calendar. They are believed stood in water and this served to observe eclipses and stars.

There are 20 pieces with these features throughout the community




Stone of Sacrifice

It is currently in St. Peter's Square, in the county seat. This disc represents the god Tlaltecutli, stone, earth Mesoamerican deity. The aforementioned joint is associated with an elongated platform that closes an open space square way, and which changes its direction at right, angles, apparently taking advantage of the terrain where it was found.

Such sacrificial stone was found accidentally by Mr. Luciano Romero González, near the pyramids located in Soledad de Maciel. The Municipal Government, headed at that time by Agapito de la Rosa Galeana recognized the historical and archaeological significance of the pieces, and ordered his transfer to the county seat. Probably this stone was sacrificed to the winners of the ball game.


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