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Río Achiguate, Guatemala (area: Pacific Escuintla; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

river photo

Class: III-; Ave. Gradient: 5 m/km; Portages: none; Length: 14 km; Time: 1:45 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? with huge water; Highlights: beginner run; Crux move: applying sunscreen

Water Quality: average; Water Temperature: not noted

PI: Finca Guachipilín (152 m); TO: Parcelamiento Cuncún (80 m)

Description: (click here for general notes about my descriptions)

The Río Achiguate is mostly wide and shallow and braided. But it makes for a decent practice run when the water is way up, the closest one to Antigua and the capital. The beginning has some small rocky drops, then it is decidedly less technical the rest of the way.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: Matt Hartell and I ran this solo in June 2010, with a low 400 cfs flow.

Flow Notes: The Cenizas gauge, right at the PI, is handy when it is working. I have not correlated the flows. The higher the flow, the better in my opinion.

cfs graph

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Paredon beach, Antigua town.

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