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If I could afford it ,I'd love to do some of the runs your blog talks about. My bucket list, boating and otherwise , includes the Copper Canyon (taking the train-boating-some mini-treks)and returning to Chiapas/Guat/Bz/Hond for boating-ruins-nature-and Spanish forts/colonial history.
I see your river calendar includes the La Venta. On my first trip to Chiapas in '94 ,i saw a poster in the window of a travel agency in Tuxtla Gtz.It was of a small raft entering a very narrow defile with towering cliffs and tropical grandeur.It seemed to me to epitomize adventure.It was in Italian.I later learned that Italian spelunkers had 1st d'd the canyon of the La Venta and later returned with French climbers and a middle aged overweight American archaeologist to explore the many caves in the canyon.There was a Nat'l.Geographic special about it where the cavers and climbers had a lot of difficulty rigging ropes to hoist the archaeologist up to the caves ,but were rewarded with a bounty of artifacts and natural wonders.Around the same time i met a guy from Quebec who had worked as a raft guide in Veracruz and was highly recommending it to me.Unfortunately,i had already been there earlier in the trip.Combine that with visiting Agua Azul pre-touristification and i realized i was missing out on a very cool sport/hobby.Then shortly after i got back my camping/hiking buddy ,who had done some raft trips,asked me if i wanted to rent duckies and run the Dolores.I have been obsessed ever since then.So in a way some Italians in a tub raft [Otter?] exploring the La Venta inspired me to boat.I saw Greg's write up on MayanWhitewater and Rocky's slideshow on SIERRARIOS.ORG , they make me want to run it now.


I see that Lacey was or is in Lanquin.I'd like to paddle that again and the Cahabon which i did not do.The Chahal/Chiyu drainage with it's pool drop travertine waterfall park and some IV canyons on the Chahal REEALLY interest me for their whitewater and location near other interests between BZ and GUAT proper.The La Venta trip could be fairly easily combined with others parts of Chiapas and Guatemala.When you guys go to Guatemala from Chiapas which route do you take ,the Pan American or some road from around Lacanja to Sayaxche?Just curious and getting off on too many tangents...still interested in giving RIOS GUATEMALA a ducky ...when i go i think i'll take my Lynx,better for overnights and big water anyway,and just leave it with Max or Greg....i envy what you guys do...keep it up!
 

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Thanks Cayo, for you and others the northern Mex trips are pretty reasonable as there is not the driving necessary for Chiapas and Guate and all cost-share. We hope to do several runs there and then continue south running off-beat stuff down into Chiapas, been looking at some heavy runs in Honduras if we make it that far. The Lacanja is similar to the Chiyu with the travertine falls. The La Venta is spectacular limestone with a cave to float through. Greg will be on a "duckie" trip in a few days with a friend of ours - the second annual where they will probably hit several rivers in Guate including the Chiyu. Hit him up for next year!

Hope you and others may be able to join us this summer for some Mexico fun!
 
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