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

river photo

Class: IV; Ave. Gradient: 23 m/km; Portages: perhaps; Length: 15 km; Time: 2 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? no; Highlights: fresh lava; Crux move: keeping the sand out of your boat

Water Quality: decent; Water Temperature: medium

PI: Las Palmas (485 m); TO: Achiguate bridge (140 m)

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

The Río Ceniza (“Ash River”), like the Río Pantaleón, is another creek with fresh-off -the-volcano sediment and continuous rapids. The features are more varied than the Río Pantaleón, with mini gorges in the fi rst part, and a more braided and bushy riverbed below.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: I ran this solo in August 2010. I had 300 cfs at the PI.

Flow Notes: There is a online gauge below the confluence with the Río Achiguate (the “Cenizas” gauge, handy when working) but I have not correlated the fl ows. It is not easy to catch a good flow, though a boatable flow at the PI may look low at the To where the riverbed is wide and sandy.

cfs graph

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Sipicate beach, Antigua town.

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