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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips


Choose from several of Guatemala’s most popular whitewater rafting rivers. Rafting trips range from one to five days in length with difficulty ratings between Class II -IV.

Rio Cahabon Rafting Trips (Class III-IV): Whitewater trips on the Rio Cahabon offer intermediate class III-IV whitewater for adventurous first timers and experienced rafters. Trips ranging from 1 to 5 days are available year ‘round. Some excursions include side trips to the Mayan ruins of Quirigua.

Rio Chiquibul Rafting Trips (Class II-III): The cool water of Rio Chiquibal creates a refreshing escape from Guatemala’s tropical heat and humidity. Class II-III whitewater adds excitement to one to two day river trips set against limestone canyon walls and abundant wildlife.

Rio Coyolate Rafting Trips (Class II-III): Rio Coyolate river trips take paddlers through a lowland tropic environment, past crashing waterfalls and water birds. The rapids are rated class II-III, making this an excellent one day family rafting trip.

Rio Los Esclaves Rafting Trips (Class III-IV): Challenging class III-IV rapids are the highlight of river whitewater trips on Rio Los Esclaves. Previous experience is highly recommended for these one day trips.

Rio Motagua Rafting Trips (Class II-III): Rio Motagua river trips offer paddlers fun class II-III rapids on one to two days trips. Ample bird watching opportunities and nearby Mayan ruins add to the river’s appeal.

Rio Nahualate Rafting Trips (Class III-IV): Paddlers with previous experience or beginners with a taste for adventure will enjoy the class III-IV whitewater on the Rio Nahualate.

Rio Naranjo Rafting Trips (Class III-IV): Rapids rated an exciting class III-IV mark whitewater trips on the Rio Naranjo. Jungle scenery and easy access from cities like Antigua and Guatemala City add to this river’s appeal for whitewater rafters looking for a one day rafting trip in Guatemala.

Rio Usumacinta Rafting Trips (Class II-III): Class II-III rapids are the tip of the iceberg on the Rio Usumacinta. Paddlers on 4-5 day trips on this Guatemalan river also see abundant wildlife life like Howler Monkeys and tropical birds and explore remote Mayan architectural ruins.

More About Rafting in Guatemala

The small Central American country of Guatemala is known for lush tropical jungles and ancient Mayan ruins, but it is also an excellent destination for whitewater rafting trips. With over six whitewater rivers to choose from, and guided trips ranging from easy to challenging, Guatemala river rafting trips suit both beginner and experts alike. River trips in Guatemala also offer the unique bonus of bringing adventurers into contact with remote and rarely-explored ruins. Guided river trips in Guatemala tend to be rated class II-III or class III-IV, with several rivers in each category.