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Río Chiyú, lower (Las Conchas), Guatemala (area: Río Dulce; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

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Class: III; Ave. Gradient: 4 m/km; Portages: 1; Length: up to 19 km; Time: up to 5:30

Season: year-round; rafts? no; Highlights: travertine slides through the jungle; Crux move: avoiding a nose full of water

Water Quality: decent; Water Temperature: medium

PI: Santa Rita (154 m) or Porvenir (140 m); TO: Las Conchas (110 m) or Finca Santiago (92 m)

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

The Chiyú river is a kayak amusement park filled with fun travertine drops lined by pretty jungle. Plus one Big 'Un.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook, which displays the Big 'Un on the cover.

Descent History: The first descent was in January 2005 by George Pratsinak and myself. George ran the Big 'Un on the left. I checked out the part below the village in November 2009.

Flow Notes: The gauge downstream on the Río Gracias a Dios has been broken more often than not. The Río Machaquilá gauge can give some ideas of trends. If I am very curious about the flow I call Felipe at Oasis Chiyú at 4826-5247. The river is better when full, but is
fun at low water also.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: The falls are the area's main attraction.


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