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Rio Usumascinta – Agua Azul: Chiapas, Mexico

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Río Usumacinta: The “Sacred Monkey River”

A beautiful huge jungle river flowing through the heart of the classical Mayan world in a deep impressive “Gran Cañón” but is now threatened with dams. Experience the river yourself on a rafting/kayaking expedition as we tour Yáxchilan and Piedras Negras, camp on giant pristine beaches, listen to howler monkeys, and navigate the big-water rapids of the Gran Cañon de San José. This is a family-friendly as well as an ideal first trip – no experience required.


Hotel stays in Palenque before and after the trip
Transport from Palenque to the river and back to Palenque or Frontera after the trip
Food on the river trip (starting from drive to put-in until lunch at take-out)
Boats: rafts, kayaks, inflatable kayaks, oars, paddles, all rigging
Group camp gear: kitchen, tables, tarp, toilet, pin kit, first aid, satellite communicator
Park entrance fees – Frontera, Yaxchilán, Piedras Negras
Guides – to coordinate, row rafts, safety kayak, prepare meals, wash dishes, etc
Security – local guides; security boat at times; (we make sure our groups remain safe from robbery/assault)
Storage – of your bags while on the river trip
Additional excursions before/after trip – Palenque ruins, Chocoljá, AguaAzul/Shumuljá, Bonampak (unless otherwise indicated)



Personal paddling gear (PFD/helmet/drybag) – available as rentals from RVAPS or in Mexico
Personal camping gear (tent, pad, sleeping bag) – available as rental from RVAPS or in Mexico
Liquid beverage (beer, wine, Coke, Sprite) -we can bring this with ice for up to 5 cans/day/person
Restaurant meals – unless otherwise noted (generally paid at the restaurant)
Airport transfers or flights – we can arrange (unless otherwise indicated)
Tips to guides – suggested to budget 10-15% of full trip price