Mexico Trip Report '06/'07
Our most recent trip to research for "The River Gypsies' Guide to North America" took us south of the border to Mexico. We decided at the last possible minute that a trip down there was needed, since Mexico is a North American paddling destination with plenty of whitewater. We decided to explore the Eastern Slope - the Sierra Madre Oriental - in the states of San Luis Potosi and Veracruz. Here's the report:
We went paddling with Vincente, a Mexican raft guide and very good intermediate paddler who works at Aventurec. Apparently raft guides are the same everywhere--it was the off season and the guides were hanging around playing on the foosball table and looking for something fun to do. So, we invited him to paddle with us. We got to practice our Spanish and he his English...it was an interesting day! All of the boaters there are very interested in new boats because it is very difficult to get them in Mexico, so Vincente tried out the Recoil.
Later, the Alseseca comes in and the flow increases before reaching one of the biggest rapids on the run.
The scenery was awesome on this run...