Suchiate River

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Suchiate River
(río Suchiate)
Suchiate River from the border bridge between Ciudad Hidalgo and Ciudad Tecun Uman
CountryGuatemala, Mexico
Physical characteristics
 - locationGuatemala
(San Marcos)
 - coordinates15°09′47″N 91°57′22″W / 15.163187°N 91.956081°W / 15.163187; -91.956081 (Sources Río Suchiate)
 - elevation3,000 m (9,800 ft)
 - location
Pacific Ocean
 - elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length161 km (100 mi)
Basin size1,400 km2 (540 sq mi)

The Suchiate River (Spanish: Río Suchiate, Spanish pronunciation: [suˈtʃjate]) is a river that marks the southwesternmost part of the border between Mexico (state of Chiapas) and Guatemala (department of San Marcos). From its sources on the southern slopes of the Tacaná volcano in the Sierra Madre range of Guatemala, the river flows in a south-southwesterly direction to the border with Mexico at Unión Juárez (15°04′14″N 92°03′35″W / 15.070549°N 92.059722°W / 15.070549; -92.059722 (Sources Río Suchiate)), past the border towns Talismán and El Carmen, and then Ciudad Tecún Umán and Ciudad Hidalgo (Chiapas) further downstream, where the Puente Rodolfo Robles and a railway bridge cross the river, and on to the Pacific Ocean. Its name comes from the Nahuatl name Xochiatl meaning "flower-water".

The pre-Columbian archaeological site of Izapa lies along the river.

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