San Marcos, Guerrero

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San Marco
Municipal seat
San Marco is located in Mexico
San Marco
San Marco
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°25′N 99°20′W / 17.417°N 99.333°W / 17.417; -99.333Coordinates: 17°25′N 99°20′W / 17.417°N 99.333°W / 17.417; -99.333
Country  Mexico
State Guerrero
Municipality San Marcos
Founded 28 September 1885
Elevation 30 m (100 ft)

San Marcos is the name of a town in the Mexican state of Guerrero. It serves as the municipal seat of the surrounding municipality of San Marcos.

The town currently has about 12 000 inhabitants.

Culturally and ethnically, the town and the municipality belong to what is known in Mexico as the Costa Chica (small coast) of Guerrero and Oaxaca. This is a 125 km long region along the Pacific coast; it begins south of Acapulco and ends near the town of Puerto Ángel in the neighbouring state of Oaxaca.

Geographically, the town is located approximately 59 km south of Acapulco. It is located 18 km inland and along Federal Highway 200 which is better known locally as the Acapulco-Pinotepa Nacional highway. It is only about one hour’s drive from Acapulco and takes about 3 hours (157 km) from Pinotepa Nacional.

History[edit]

Officially, the town and municipality were established on 28 September 1885 and were named in honour of Saint Mark, a Catholic saint considered the patron saint of the region. However, the town already existed, firstly under the name of Xolutla and later La Estancia.