List of rivers of Guatemala

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This is a list of rivers in Guatemala .

By drainage basin

This list is arranged by drainage basin, with respective tributaries indented under each larger stream's name.

Drainage basin Area of land where precipitation collects and drains off into a common outlet

A drainage basin is any area of land where precipitation collects and drains off into a common outlet, such as into a river, bay, or other body of water. The drainage basin includes all the surface water from rain runoff, snowmelt, and nearby streams that run downslope towards the shared outlet, as well as the groundwater underneath the earth's surface. Drainage basins connect into other drainage basins at lower elevations in a hierarchical pattern, with smaller sub-drainage basins, which in turn drain into another common outlet.


Gulf of Mexico

Usumacinta River river in Mexico

The Usumacinta River is a river in southeastern Mexico and northwestern Guatemala. It is formed by the junction of the Pasión River, which arises in the Sierra de Santa Cruz and the Salinas River, also known as the Chixoy, or the Negro, which descends from the Sierra Madre de Guatemala. It defines part of the border between Guatemala and the Mexican state of Chiapas, then continues its northwesterly course, meandering through the Mexican state of Tabasco to the Gulf of Mexico.

San Pedro River (Guatemala) river in Guatemala

The Río San Pedro is a river of Guatemala and Mexico. Its sources are located in the Guatemalan department of El Petén. at 17.134803°N 89.902668°W. The river flows westwards until it reaches the Mexican border and crosses into the state of Tabasco at 17.279636°N 90.987697°W. From there it continues northwest and joins the Usumacinta River. The Guatemalan part of the San Pedro river basin covers an area of 14,335 square kilometres (5,535 sq mi).

Xalbal River river in Guatemala

The Xalbal River is a river of Guatemala. Its sources are in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes in the department of El Quiché, where the river is called Río Xaclbal or Río Chajul. The Xaclbal river flows northwards down the tropical lowlands of Ixcan where it is called Río Xalbal, and crosses the border with Mexico, where it joins the Lacantún River, a tributary of the Usumacinta river. The Guatemalan part of Xaclbal river basin covers an area of 1,366 square kilometres (527 sq mi).

Gulf of Honduras

Pacific Ocean

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Motagua River river in Guatemala

The Motagua River is a 486-kilometre (302 mi) long river in Guatemala. It rises in the western highlands of Guatemala where it is also called Río Grande, and runs in an easterly direction to the Gulf of Honduras. The final few kilometres of the river form part of the Guatemala–Honduras border. The Motagua River basin covers an area of 12,670 square kilometres (4,890 sq mi) and is the largest in Guatemala.

The Salinas is a river in Guatemala. The river is called Río Negro from its sources in the highlands of Huehuetenango and El Quiché until it reaches the Chixoy hydroelectric dam, where the Río Salama and Rio Carchela converge with the Río Negro. After the Chixoy dam, the river is called Río Chixoy and flows northwards through Alta Verapaz until it reaches the border with Mexico. From there on it continues along the border for 113 kilometres (70 mi) as the Salinas river until it finally converges with the Río de la Pasión to form the Usumacinta river which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Río Cuilco is a river in Guatemala. The river's sources are located in the Sierra Madre just north of Cajolá where it is called Río Blanco. The Río Blanco joins the Las Manzanas River which in turn joins the San Isidro River to form the Cuilco river. The Cuilco follows its largely northward course through San Marcos, and Huehuetenango, crossing the border with Mexico at 15.434156°N 92.106800°W, continuing its course northwards into the Presa de La Angostura, one of Mexico's largest artificial lakes. The Cuilco river basin covers an area of 2,274 square kilometres (878 sq mi) in Guatemala.

Lempa River River in Guatemala and El Salvador

The Lempa River is a 422-kilometre (262 mi) long river in Central America.

The Acomé River is a river in Guatemala. It is a short coastal river in the southwest of the country, with a length of 58.5 kilometres (36.4 mi). It begins in the vicinity of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, in the Escuintla Department, and runs southward, crossing the coastal plain of Escuintla to empty into the Pacific Ocean. The Acomé watershed has a population of about 53,510 people.

The Blanco River is a river of Guatemala.

The Las Manzanas River is a river of Guatemala.

The Michatoya River is a river in Guatemala. It begins in the town of Amatitlán, flowing out from the lake of the same name, through the towns of Palín, Masagua, and out into the Pacific Ocean. It has served as one of the principal sources of electricity for Guatemala City. Sometimes it has overflowed its banks, flooding the city of Amatitlán, until dredging of the riverbed began, which so far has prevented further inundation.

The Villalobos River is a river of Guatemala. It is a tributary that drains into Caquetá river thirty miles above Puerto Limón, Costa Rica.

Nima II River river in Guatemala

The Nima II River is a river of Guatemala.

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