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Río Nahuatán, Main & Lower, Guatemala (area: Pacific West; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

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Class: III+, II+; Ave. Gradient: 6 m/km; Portages: none; Length: 6 + 8 km; Time: up to 3 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? Lower; Highlights: easy shuttle; Crux move: applying sunscreen

Water Quality: decent; Water Temperature: medium

PI: Nahuatán bridge (115 m) or Puntarenas bridge (60 m); TO: Melendrez bridge (30 m)

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

With straightforward read-n-run rapids, the Río Nahuatán offers some easier boating in the warm Pajapita area.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook..

Descent History: The first known descent was in June 2014 by Nils Saubès and me.

Flow Notes: The Río Nahuatán needs heavier than average rains to come up. It is has a gauge at the PI, though not working in 2015.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Manchón-Guamuchal nature reserve near Tilapa.

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