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Ríos Pueblo Viejo & Tinajas, Guatemala (area: Cahabón-Polochic; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

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Class: III; Ave. Gradient: 11 m/km; Portages: none; Length: 6, 6.5 km; Time: 75, 45 minutes

Season: July to January; rafts? no; Highlights: intermediate rapids; Crux move: finding your way there

Water Quality: decent; Water Temperature: not noted

PI: Pueblo Viejo (100m); TO: main road (25m)

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

The Ríos Pueblo viejo and Tinajas are fairly small streams running down the heart of the Sierra de Las Minas down to the flat and wide lower Polochic valley. They share a common road entrance in the midst of productive and hot farmland.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: I ran Pueblo Viejo with Maarten Bleijerveld in February 2006 (the water was too low), and Tinajas solo in November 2011, with 300 cfs.

Flow Notes: There are no relevant gauges to check. I would not drive out unless the lower Polochic had at least 1,500 cfs. The Río Tinajas seems to have more volume, but also has a wider bed.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Bocas de Polochic nature preserve.

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