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Río Tambor (aka Lower Jalapa), Guatemala (area: Mid Río Motagua; click here for the Guatemala table of rivers)

Class: III+; Ave. Gradient: 10 m/km; Portages: one dam; Length: 8.5 km; Time: 1-1.5 hours

Season: June to October; rafts? yes; Highlights: raftable; Crux move: getting past the dam

Water Quality: poor; Water Temperature: not noted

PI: El Rosario (312 m); TO: road bridge (225 m)

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

The Río Tambor provides an intermediate-level run in the out-of-the-way south side of the Río Motagua. It can even be rafted if you can manage the portage around the dam.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater Guatemala guidebook.

Descent History: I ran this solo in September 2008.

Flow Notes: You need some luck to catch the Río Tambor. The river being out of the way doesn’t help. If the Gualán gauge is approaching 3.0 your chances improve.

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Nearby Tourist Attractions: IRTRA's Agua Caliente warm springs resort at the Río Las Cañas bridge; the Guastatoya water park; Sierra de Las Minas biosphere reserve.

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