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Río Morazán, Middle & The Rest, Guatemala (area: Mid Río Motagua; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

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Class: IV, II, IV; Ave. Gradient: 10 m/km; Portages: yes; Length: 7.5+4.5+5 km; Time: up to 4.5 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? no; Highlights: some fun drops; Crux move: El Cajón

Water Quality: OK; Water Temperature: not noted

PI: San Clemente (470 m) or El Zapotal (374 m); TO: Los Aristondos (340 m) or highway (303 m)

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

The Río Morazán is in the heart of the Dry Corridor, across the valley from the Río Guastatoya. It is a pretty creek, though remarkable for its inconsistency in both gradient and river features. A rare class II section in the middle is worth pointing out.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: I explored this in July 2011, with 150–250 cfs (Gualán = 3.4).

Flow Notes: The Río Morazán is very hard to catch. Like the Río Guastatoya, there is some hope for you only if the Gualán gauge (Río Motagua) is maintaining above 3.0.

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Nearby Tourist Attractions: Sierra de Las Minas biosphere reserve.

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