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Rafting the Cahabon River

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For a rafting trip combining Mayan ruins, candle-lit caves and gurgling hotsprings, look no further than the jungle-lined Rio Cahabon near the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala. Three-day trips start with a visit to the 200-km-long Lanquin caves before arriving at the put-in and sorting gear. Once on the river, gear up for such Class III-IV rapids as Rock and Roll, Corkscrew and aptly named Wrap Rock. Towards the end of the trip, relax in comfort at Paradise, where you can swim in a pool below a 20-foot waterfall and then warm-up in natural hotsprings. On the way back to the town of Coban, cap the trip with a visit to the Biotopo Nature Reserve and the Queriga Mayan ruins. Maya Expeditions (Cahabon, Guatemala), (800) 733-3350

Written by  Eugene Buchanan.

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Hi Eugene.

My girlfriend and i are planning a month trip to Guatemala, but I'm crazy about white water rafting. I've read that the Pecuare in Costa Rica is one of the best in the world, would it be worth the extra miles or is the Cahabon as good?

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