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Río Cajulá, Upper, Guatemala (area: Río Negro; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

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Class: IV-; Ave. Gradient: 10 m/km; Portages: one?; Length: 21 km; Time: 5 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? no; Highlights: exporing backroads; Crux move: gorge entrance

Water Quality: poor; Water Temperature: not noted

PI: Pachaquiejbeyá PI (1790 m); TO: Cajulá bridge (1580 m)

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

The Río Cajulá is a small river that varies in difficulty as it passes through narrow bedrock gorges and down the rugged Momostenango slope. The Upper section is easier than the Lower section except for one narrow gorge.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: Mark Shimanski and I ran this in September 2005, with 100 cfs at the PI and 400 cfs at the TO.

Flow Notes: The Río Cajulá needs regular heavy rains, most likely in June, September, and October. I have not correlated flows with the downstream Río Negro (phone) gauge.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: San Francisco El Alto animals market, Momostenango wool market, San Bartolo hot springs, Palá Chiquito hot springs.

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