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Old 06-30-2005   #1
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Kayaking in Mexico?

If anybody has any info on kayaking in Mexico (destinations, months to go, whatever), it would be super helpful.

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Old 07-01-2005   #2
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I know that there's a book out there. "Mexican Whitewater" or something like that. I bought it for my boyfriend once but can't tell you any more specifics. The only problem I ran into is finding current flow info. I guess satellite pictures that show you where it's currently raining are your only tool.
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Old 07-01-2005   #3
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check out grant armoral's page. i think if you search for agua azul it should pop up. his place is super chill and great if the water is running. was down there last december for a month.
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Old 07-01-2005   #4
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Mexico can be an incredible experience, provided you stay smart and the water is not too high. I have done the first descents of the Rio Moctezuma, Rio Mesquital, and the Rio Urique. All were experiences of a lifetime. Each were at low to medium water levels and it was obvious that we were glad there wasn't more. Most Mexico rivers seem to be Black Canyon style. You are trapped within deep gorges and canyons. Scouting and portages can sometimes be difficult, if not impossible (I do not recommend the Moctezuma for this reason, blind forced class VI). The season is generally best in the January to early April time frame. Beyond that the rainy season begins and the expeditions could be very wicked within the walls of these places that are generaly filled with car and house size boulders. Always be very careful. Steve Daniels had to be resucitated and legs amputated on the first attempt of the Mesquital on day one and ended the expedition. Sieves between the boulder choked walls can be very dangerous. Also, banditos were a danger for us back in the '80s and '90. I don't know what it is like today. I know there are easier rivers, like the Aqua Azula, down there. So it will, of course, depend on were you go. I do recommend Mexico to be boating while it is snowing in Colorado. Expedition boating is always an amazing experience. Just be really a smart, strong, and with a group of qualified boaters. The above mentioned guide Mexico River guide book is very old and not that great, but a good place to start. Also, a word of caution is that Mexico maps SUCK. Be prepared for potentialy longer and steaper descents than you may think. Have fun though. Allow extra days in your schedule. Anything can and probably will happen. I really want to do another one myself and wonder if any first descents are left down there. Cheers!
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Old 07-01-2005   #5
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I think Mexico is great -- I haven't done anything like Ken above, but had a great time running class III and IV rivers around Cd. Valles and around Jalcomulco. The guide is:


I posted some trip reports and pictures from my times down there on my web site:


Hope this helps,

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Old 07-01-2005   #6
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We did a trip a couple years ago, it was a blast, we flew into Tampico and then had a drove to vias (sp?) and up to the Micos there we stayed at Grant A's place, it was sweet, he was gone but hooked us up with a local kid with a van who drove shuttle.

Highlight was the verde, class IV-V very cool. Micos is neat easy waterfalls.

Here are pics of our trip, some sweeeet big falls that will make you salivate


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