Adventure Tours in Guatemala:

White-water Rafting on Untamed Rivers

Rafting tours on Guatemala's pristine and untamed rivers are a great opportunity to get off the beaten path and see the country from an entirely different perspective.

 

 

We offer many different rafting tours on rivers in Guatemala's highlands, on the Pacific coast and in the Verapaz and El Peten regions. The rivers in each region are different, but no matter which one you choose, you'll have an unforgettable experience!

Please note:

  • on most rivers rafting tours are possible only during the rainy season
  • some rivers have challenging rapids and are not suitable for children under 16
  • tours on some rivers require previous rafting experience and good physical condition

Rio Cahabon (Alta Verapaz)

The Rio Cahabon in the stunningly beautiful Alta Verapaz region is often said to be Guatemala's best white-water river. Crystal clear water, jungle canyons, exhilarating rapids and hot springs make rafting on the Cahabon river an extraordinary experience.

The complete tour on Rio Cahabon takes 5 days, but 1-day tours starting in Lanquin or El Estor are also available, as well as 3 and 4 day tours.

Season: year round
Rapids: class III-IV (intermediate to challenging)
Minimum age: 12

Rio Nahualate (Suchitepequez)

The Rio Nahualate is ideal for a quick rafting trip out of Antigua or Guatemala City. Leave early in the morning and be back in the evening! The Nahualate river is of moderate difficulty and features tunnel chutes and big wave trains for stretches of intense action.

Duration: 1 day
Season: June thru November
Rapids: class III-III+ (intermediate)
Minimum age: 12

Rio Coyolate (Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa)

 

 

The Rio Coyolate is the perfect trip for the entire family and has numerous fun rapids, waterfalls spilling from canyon walls and lush jungle vegetation. Easy access from Antigua or Guatemala City.

Duration: 1 day
Season: June thru November
Rapids: class II-III (easy to intermediate)
Minimum age: 8

Rio Naranjo (Coatepeque)

Continuous action and magnificent jungle make a rafting tour on the Rio Naranjo unforgettable. Easy access from Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu, Panajachel or Tapachula (Mexico); if you're staying in Antigua or Guatemala City, you'll need to arrive the day before and spend the night in Coatepeque or nearby.

Duration: 1 day
Season: June thru November
Rapids: class III-IV (intermediate to challenging)
Minimum age: 12

Rio Los Esclavos

The Rio Los Esclavos is one of the most spectacular white-water rivers in the world and tumbles through a paradise of vertical jungle walls, enormous side stream waterfalls and challenging rapids. Not suitable for beginners, though — you must have previous rafting experience and be able to paddle hard and continuously. Easy access from Antigua and Guatemala City.

Duration: 1 day
Season: June thru October
Rapids: class III-IV+ (intermediate to challenging)
Minimum age: 16

Rio Motagua

A rafting tour on the Rio Motagua combines fun white water with beautiful geological formations, abundant bird life and the post-classic Mayan site of Mixco Viejo. Easy access from Antigua and Guatemala City.

Duration: 1 or 2 days
Season: June thru October
Rapids: class II-III (easy to intermediate)
Minimum age: 8

Rio Chiquibul (El Peten)

 

 

The Rio Chiquibul in the lowlands of El Peten features easy white water surrounded by lush tropical jungle. You'll have the opportunity to spot many different bird species, including the rare white eagle, glide through tall limestone canyons and visit the lesser-known Mayan ruins of Yaxha and Nakum.

Duration: 1 or 2 days (from Tikal or Flores)
Season: June thru February
Rapids: class II-III (easy to intermediate)
Minimum age: 8

Rio Usumacinta (El Peten)

A rafting tour on the Rio Usumacinta — with minimal white water and long calm stretches — gives you plenty of opportunity to view the lush tropical jungle and its inhabitants. During the 8 to 12 day tour, you will follow an important trade route of the ancient Maya and visit various Mayan ruins that are far off the beaten path and most of which are still awaiting archaeological exploration and restoration.

Duration: 8 to 12 days (4 - 5 rafting days)
Season: December thru November
Rapids: class II+ (easy)
Minimum age: 10

For additional information, prices and options to combine rafting tours with other adventure and archaeological tours in Guatemala, please contact us.