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Río Jalapa, Upper, Guatemala (area: Mid Río Motagua; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

Class: IV; Ave. Gradient: 30 m/km becoming flat; Portages: dams; Length: up to 20 km; Time: up to 3 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? no; Highlights: remote feel; Crux move:

Water Quality: poor; Water Temperature: medium

PI: Urlanta (1560 m); TO: Jalapa (1357 m) or San José bridge (1340 m)

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

The Upper Río Jalapa offers some micro-creeking up top and some easier class III drops lower down. I had fun exploring it, but I don’t consider it a classic. It is hard to catch the water, and there are several diversion dams on the way.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: I ran this solo in September 2008.

Flow Notes: You need extra-high water to catch the water here.

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Nearby Tourist Attractions: Not much in this area.

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