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Río Cuero, Honduras (area: north coast; click here for the Honduras table of rivers)

river photo

Class: IV-; Ave. Gradient: 9 m/km; Portages: none; Length: 15km; Time: 2:00

Season: July to January, needs rain; rafts? yes, needs a lot of rain; Highlights: close to La Ceiba; Crux move: slippery road

Water Quality: ok; Water Temperature: warm

PI: San Marcos (elev: 160m); TO: coastal highway

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

The Río Cuero is good intermediate run, with nice scenery and many class III to IV- rapids, many of which are on the long side.

You will find the normal PI just below the town. However, you can add some advanced fun to the trip by navegating the IV/V rapids just above, putting in at the town bridge. You can scout them easily from the road.

Flash Flood Danger: low, the run is short and the river bed is wide.

Descent History: unknown. Ríos Honduras guys ran it in the 90's.

Flow Notes: The Cuero has an online gauge, shown below along with its recent history. The Lean and Cangrejal gauges (parallel rivers) will also give an idea of recent precipitation if this gauge is out. Significant rainfall is needed to make this run come up.

cfs graph

cfs graph

click here for other Honduras gauges,

or go to the maps

Shuttle Notes: The dirt road to San Marcos runs along the river on river right. It can be slippery and rutted in the rainy season. The road sees little traffic.

Accommodations: Most likely you are staying near La Ceiba.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, Bay Islands, Pico Bonito park


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