White Water Rafting in Guatemala: When and Where to Do It?

If you love the excitement of river rafting tours, whatever your skill level (class I – IV+) there is a right river in Guatemala for your adventure. There are many beautiful scenic routes perfect for adventure rafting in Guatemala and underground cave rivers to serene waters for the whole family to enjoy, also, you can have some best views of Guatemalans waterfalls! That’s why I have gathered the best white water rafting in Guatemala so you can choose which to do!

When to go on River Rafting Tours in Guatemala?

If you’re into wild river runs then rafting in the wet season (June thru October) is definitely for you. Plus, some rivers in the south coast and central region can be rafted during these months. However, rivers like the Cahabon is great year round of all classes.

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White Water Rafting in Guatemala

Cahabon River

If you want whitewater rafting, then you’ve come to the right river! This river isn’t for everyone with class III – IV+ rapids you’ll have a wild time while you rafting on crystal clear green waters in the midst of lush tropical jungles. That’s not all, you’ll explore caves and take a dip in a natural thermal spring “El Pequeño Paraiso”. And keep your eyes open as you feast on the abundance of wildlife all around:

* Toucans
* parrots
* great blue herons
* king fishers
* oropendula

Nahualate River

Take a rafting day trip close to Antigua or Guatemala City. Rio Nahualate is a class III – III+ river with tunnel chutes and huge rapids to satiate the adventurer in anyone.

Coyolate River

Rio Coyolate is great for beginners (class II-III), with smooth waters and amazing waterfalls all surrounded by tropical jungles. This trip is also a good day trip from Antigua and Guatemala City.

Naranjo River

This class III-IV river is full of non-stop thrill action, nicknamed the “Deep” or “Double Dip” by white-water river guides. You can enjoy a one-day rafting trip from Quetzaltenango, Retalhuleu or Panajachel.

Los Esclavos River

While rafting in the intense Los Esclavos River (class III – IV+) you’ll come up against huge waterfalls and narrow canyons with high walls. Easy day trip from Antigua and Guatemala City.

Motagua River

This family-friendly river (class II-III) gives you a double whammy! You get to ride the rapids as you pass geological formations and the Ancient Mayan site of Mixco Viejo.

Chiquibul River

The location of the river is breathtaking and can be enjoyed by everyone (class II-III). Set in the lush green jungle of the Peten close to Tikal and Yaxha ruins, you’ll have a field day with all the wildlife:

* Iguanas
* Monkeys
* Rare white eagle

Usumacinta River

Easily raft the calm waters of Usumacinta River, once used by ancient Maya as a major waterway system, and stop to explore the ruins along the way.

As you can see, rafting in Guatemala can be quite an adventure to spice up your vacation. If you visit the country, don’t waste this opportunity.

Things to do in Guatemala – River Rafting Tours


Last Updated on May 31, 2022

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