Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rio Cangrejal: aventuras

Last weekend involved an escape of the blistering heat of San Pedro Sula. Accompanied by a couple friends, I drove to La Ceiba, which sits on the Caribbean roughly 200km east of San Pedro. Our objective was to enjoy the wilderness area of Parque Nacional Pico Bonito and the Rio Cangrejal, which flows along the eastern fringe of the park. We had arrived to a jungle paradise.

Due to abnormally low rains in the past several months, the river level was low, but still navigable by raft. The lower water level was more favorable for jumping off of rocks into the water. Thus, our afternoon consisted of a "river spelunking" session and a 5km paddle down a very technical section of the river.

Rock #1

Rock #2

I believe this rapid was called the Chile Pepper.

While I have rafted rivers in Alaska, Washington, and Arizona, I have never had to respond to a command on a techincal river in Spanish. I think this was a good step in the right direction towards fluency.

The Team, led by our fearless guide Darwin*

* Shoutout to Betsy for recommending this man of many talents, ranging from paddling to mixing a mean Cuba Libre
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