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Río Tajuica, Honduras (area: mid-north; click here for the Honduras table of rivers)

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Class: V-; Ave. Gradient: 17 m/km; Portages: some V's; Length: 9km; Time: 3:00

Season: July to January, needs rain; rafts? no; Highlights: bedrock gorges; Crux move: the whole run

Water Quality: good; Water Temperature: warm

PI: Los Encuentros (elev: 205m); TO: Trujillo highway

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

The Río Tajuica is a fantastic creek with some thrilling bedrock gorges. The combination of challenging rapids, beautiful scenery, and comfortable length make it a real winner, if you can catch the water. It is a nice challenge for those just starting to move up to class V.

In the first gorge you encounter five class IV/V drops, some of which have holes that make many consider portaging, and in a second gorge you find some class IV. Below the point where the road crosses over the river, you find some bigger drops that fall through some tricky turns but that are straightforward to scout or portage.

Flash Flood Danger: high. start early.

Descent History: Only known descent on 13–14.11.05 by Greg Schwendinger (solo). The first afternoon I got caught in a small flash flood and hiked out, but was able to finish the run the next day.

Flow Notes: This run requires heavy recent rain. There is no online gauge, I suggest looking at the Mame/Balsa or the Aguan/Olanchito gauges on the NOAA/HADS Honduras page or the maps to get an idea of recent precipitation. I had about 400 cfs at the TO on my run. I consider the run too dangerous to run at rare flows above 1200 cfs.

Shuttle Notes: The road up the Tajuica is called the Avisinia road and starts just east of the highway bridge, crosses the river partway up, and allows a few other convenient access/scouting points along its 9km to the Los Encuentros bridge. The road is not in great shape. It is fairly easy to hitchhike up, and you can leave your car at the little store at the highway.

Accommodations: Tocoa has hotels.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Trujillo and the Cayos Cochinos.

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