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Río Custepec, Chiapas, Mexico (area: South Central; click here for the Chiapas table of rivers)

Class: III+; Ave. Gradient: 8 m/km; Portages: none; Length: 12 km; Time: 1:30

Season: September/October; rafts? no; Highlights: nothing special; Crux move:

Water Quality: good; Water Temperature: not noted

PI: near Salitral (elev: 750m); TO: Puente Poblazón

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

The Río Custepec is a small creek, out-of-the-way and notable for its lack of distinguishing features. It's worth a look if you're a class III boater and in the area when the rivers are up.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater: Chiapas & Belize guidebook.

Flow Notes: There are no online gauges for the Río Custepec, but the Jaltenango gauge (neighboring/parallel drainage) can give you a clue of the flow. My impressions are from a run with about 200/300 cfs at the PI/TO. Also here I include some (pre-dam) historical data from INEGI.


click here for the height graph

cfs graph

Accommodations: You will need to ask around in the small towns in the area.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: nothing much of interest here.

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