Rio Actopan

Alzar School | 24.10.07

Today we hit up the Upper and Lower Rio Actopan, about an hour from our base here in Jalcomulco. Better luck today… no broken paddles! We were also really lucky because Jim Coffey, of Esprit Rafting on the Ottawa River, lent us two boats, so we saved a little cash.

Because of the rain two days ago, the river was slightly higher than normal, and because we had read that in the first 2 km after the standard put-in there are bridges that are difficult to portage at high water, we entered the river slightly downstream. That meant we had to skip the 4 meter waterfall/dam that most people run.

But, the run was really fun. Super continuous Class II and III, with good scenery. There were a couple of fun play spots, but mostly the run was filled with cool boogey water. We did run into a lot of trees in the river, apparently from the storm the other night. Our choffer said it was due to the wind they call “El Norte.” We only had to portage once, though, and we think the run would be cleaner normally. We now our students would love the stretch.

Super tired… more later..