The Cangrejal River Offers the Best Honduras White Water Rafting
The Cangrejal river is famous for its world class white water rafting. Udo Witteman, owner of Omega Tours Lodge on the Cangrejal River, was a member of the German Olympic kayaking team. Years ago he was hired to produce a documentary on the white water rivers of Central America. After having traveled to, and kayaked all of the rivers in the region, fell in love with this unique river. He purchased property and established his business here. He has been a full time resident of the area since 1992! For him, the Cangrejal River is the best Honduras white water rafting river!
Because of its easy access, via an all weather dirt road, the area has slowly, but surely developed. River front properties are prime real estate. The most developed area of the river, where you will find a variety of small hotels, is only 6 miles from the main road, making it easy to get to. The road, follows the river banks, provides a variety of access points into the river. This makes getting in or out of the Cangrejal River a very simple operation.
Choose Between Different River Sections:
There are four different sections of the river that can be rafted. However, the operators have agreed to only run two of these commercially for rafting. The other two sections entail a higher degree of difficulty and are not recommended for rafting. They do however, offer a fantastic challenge to experienced kayakers.
The regular commercial run starts at the village of El Naranjo. The put in is roughly where La Moskitia Ecoaventuras has its operational base at the Cangrejal river. The tour ends where the river gets to the coastal floodplains just before the city. The other stretch, which requires proof of experience, starts at the village of El Pital and ends at the Village of Las Mangas. Experienced kayakers can choose between the section of Las Mangas and El Naranjo or from the confluence of the Rio Yaruca, Rio Viejo and Rio Blanco Rivers down to the Village of El Pital.
Honduras White Water Rafting Outfitters:
Currently, there are three outfitters that provide white water rafting or kayaking to adventurers looking to enjoy the scenery and have some adrenalin pumped through their blood vessels. The three operators are:
Omega Tours, a German owned outfit that has been in business since 1996. Omega tours has an impeccable record as a white water rafting tour operator, and always has foreign licensed guides in their groups. Because of the above, they tend to be the most expensive option in town.
La Moskitia Ecoaventuras, which is a locally owned outfit is run and operated by Jorge Salaverri, a true adventurer who also provides the best jungle expeditions into the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve. La Moskitia Ecoaventuras has been in business since 1992 and has an outstanding track record providing white water rafting tours and expeditions.
Jungle River Tours has been in business since 1994, and they have a unique spot right on the Cangrejal River. They also have the only zip line canopy tour near the river.