Special Trips: Other Rivers

Don't let logistical hurdles, language barriers, or fear stop you from enjoying the best rivers in Latin America! SierraRios can help you organize special raft-support and kayak trips down various rivers of Mexico and Peru - even beyond those typically offered. Outfitting services and rental services are available to members. Trips are geared toward boaters - both rafters and kayakers - but raft paddlers/passengers are welcomed too. Raft support trips are particularly appropriate for groups of paddlers of varying ability level. If you have a group of 3-15 and would like us to arrange such a trip, please start a discussion:

rocky@sierrarios.org

General times of year various rivers will be available are listed below. Some of the nicest raft-support and kayak trips are listed below. Costs vary from $50/pp/day to $200/pp/day for special guided trips.

RIVER DATES # DAYS DISTANCE RENDEZVOUS DIFFICULTY
UPPER AMAZON Apr-Dec 4-6 weeks ~600 miles Lima IV and V
RIO MULATOS-AROS Jul-Sep 10 days 148 miles Douglas/Sahuaripa III-IV
RIO CONCHOS Jul-Sep 9 days 140 miles Douglas/Cuauhtémoc III-IV
RIO PIAXTLA Aug-Sep 8 days ~170 km Mazatlán III-IV (optional V)
RIO PRESIDIO Aug-Sep 7 days ~110 km Mazatlán IV
RIOS DE COLIMA Sep-Oct 7 days ~150 km P.Vallarta/Manzanillo III and IV
RIO LACANJÁ Dec-Apr 7 days 108 km Chiapas III
RIO USUMACINTA Dec-Apr 9 days 142 km Chiapas II-III
RIO MARAÑON Apr-Dec 7-30 days up to 872 km Lima/Huaraz III-IV
RIO HUALLAGA all year 7-30 days up to 712 km TingoMaria II-III
RIO APURIMAC May-Nov 7-24 days up to 900 km Cusco IV to V
RIO MANTARO Apr-Nov 7-24 days up to 700 km Lima/Huancayo III-IV
RIO URUBAMBA all year 7-24 days up to 600 km Cusco III-IV
RIO TAMBO Jan-May 6 days 160 km Arequipa III-IV
RIO COLCA May-Nov 7 days ~200 km Arequipa IV-V
RIO COTAHUASI May-Nov 7 days ~290 km Arequipa IV-V
A LITTLE MORE INFO ON SOME SIERRARIOS GUIDED TRIPS:

RIO MULATOS-AROS: The Best Raft-Support Expedition in Mexico

148 miles, class III-IV, 9 days

August: rendezvous in Douglas/Sahuaripa. MORE INFO

This is one of the finest long-distance wilderness rivers in Mexico and located just south of the Arizona border. The trip is comparable to a half Grand Canyon, triple Salt, or Salmon River trip with beautiful canyon, interesting side hikes, and fun rapids. Everyone is welcome: kayakers, rafters, and raft passengers/paddlers. Space is limited. This is primarily a class III trip and is suitable for intermediate kayakers. The 6 class IV rapids can be averted if desired.

RIO CONCHOS: Sierra Tarahumara to the Desert

109 miles, class III-IV, 8 days

August-September: rendezvous in Douglas/Cuautémoc. MORE INFO

On this raft/kayak expedition, we will make our way down one of the most scenic higher elevation rivers in Mexico located just south of the New Mexico/Texas border in the Copper Canyon area. Experience pillars, caves, rapids, and hotsprings in Tarahumara land as we float into the Chihuahua desert. Everyone is welcome: kayakers, rafters, and raft passengers/paddlers. This is a class III trip and is suitable for intermediate kayakers.

RIO PIAXTLA : Source-to-Sea through the Deepest Canyon in North America

108 miles, class III-IV, 8 days

September: rendezvous in Mazatlán. MORE INFO

On this kayak/raft expedition down Río Piaxtla, we plan to fly up to the rim, hike down into the deepest canyon in North America, and then paddle all the way to the Pacific Ocean. This is one of the last free-flowing rivers in Mexico's Sierra Madre Occidental and may be dammed soon, so enjoy it while you still can! Everyone is welcome: kayakers, rafters, and raft passengers. The trip is suitable for intermediate kayakers. Class V paddlers have an option of tackling the Puerta de Piaxtla section for the 3 days prior to meeting the group.

RIO PRESIDIO : Second Deepest Canyon in North America and Partial First Descent

70 miles, class IV+, 6 days

September: rendezvous in Mazatlán. MORE INFO

Our Río Presidio journey starts at a remote road access point just past several unrunnable chasms. We will face numerous class IV rapids through the second deepest canyon in North America, including in the initial 14 km of virgin river never paddled before!! Use your boat or ours. Everyone is welcome: kayakers, rafters, and raft passengers/paddlers. Another 3 days of class IV may be available before or after (Río Baluarte).

RIOS DE COLIMA : Tropical Volcano and Granite Gorge Boating

~100 miles, class IV and III, 7 days

September-October: rendezvous in Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo. MORE INFO

Join the first commercial descents of several river gems in the state of Colima, home of the 14206 ft Volcán de Colima. Contrast the volcanic rock gorges of Ríos Armeria and Coahuayana with the granite of Río Marabasco. This trip is suited for intermediate or advanced kayakers seeking varied class III and IV tropical whitewater experiences. Bring your boat or use one of ours. Riding the raft is always an option.

RIO USUMACINTA : Sacred Monkey River of the Maya

88 miles, class II-III, 8 days

December-February: rendezvous in Frontera, Chiapas. MORE INFO

The Usumacinta is the most voluminous river in Mexico and affords one of the greatest river journeys in the world. Join our rafting/kayaking expedition as we make our way down its canyons and stop to camp on giant pristine beaches, visit the Mayan ruins of Yáxchilan and Piedras Negras, enjoy the travertine waterfall of Budsilá, and navigate the big-water rapids of Cañon San José. This trip is suitable for intermediate and even novice paddlers.