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Río Mocá, Upper, Guatemala (area: Pacific Suchi; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

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Class: IV; Ave. Gradient: 17 m/km; Portages: one; Length: 16 km; Time: 4 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? no; Highlights: nice canyons; Crux move: catching the water

Water Quality: decent; Water Temperature: medium

PI: Finca La Patria (375m); TO: CA-2 bridge (110 m)

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

The Río Mocá is another attractive creek in this area, with a remote and atmospheric PI in a very narrow little canyon in the middle of a rubber plantation. The water rarely comes up high enough to run it, though. on this river you see a good deal of village life, particularly riverside laundry chores.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: Mike Shimanski and I ran this in September 2005. We had 300 cfs at the PI.

Flow Notes: Heavy rains are needed. Note that flows look healthier at the narrow PI than they do at the wide and sandy TO bridge.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: not much in this area.

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