The Cangrejal River

Wondering About The Cangrejal River?


The Cangrejal River has become one of the highlights of tourism in Honduras. It is within the department of Atlantida on the north coast of Honduras. The rugged Nombre de Dios Mountains are the birth place of this great river. Its watershed is high within Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios National Parks

about the Cangrejal River

The Cangrejal River flowing between Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios National Parks

Three different rivers flow into the Yaruca Valley, which sits at about 800 feet above sea level. These three rivers (Rio Viejo, Rio Yaruca, and Rio Blanco) merge to create the Cangrejal River. The Cangrejal River as such is only about 20 miles long. In these short 20 miles the water descends from 800 feet to sea level. In doing so, it creates some turbulent white water. It that flows between huge building size boulders on its race to the Caribbean. The river actually flows through a steep and quite deep canyon which is lush on both banks.

The setting is spectacular, scenic, and ideal for white water rafting and kayaking. Some stretches offering some challenging class IV and even an occasional class V rapid. Not the entire river is appropriate for first timers and amateurs.

Enjoy World Class White Water Rafting!

The Cangrejal is the only river in Honduras where you can do white water rafting throughout the year. The main reason is the easy access from the city of La Ceiba. The regular put in only 8 miles from downtown La Ceiba via an all weather dirt road. This means a short 30 minute drive from your hotel to the river. This is a short trip for a grat adventure! The Cangrejal River is without doubt one of the shining stars of destination Atlantida. This destination includes the cities of TelaLa Ceiba and the Cangrejal River Valley.

There are three different rafting outfitters in the Valley. All have certified rafting guides by the International Rafting Federation.

Besides rafting and kayaking, the Cangrejal Valley also offers great hiking trails. These trails take you into two different National Parks. You have direct access to both Pico Bonito and Nombre de Dios National Parks.

Where to Stay in the Cangrejal River Valley

There is a total of 10 small inns and lodges in the valley. Add the four tour operators within the Cangrejal River Valley. The result is a great adventure and nature destination! Your lodging alternatives  include  the award winning La Villa de Soledad B&B. Are you are on the mainland en route to the Bay Islands? Not spending a couple of days in the Cangrejal river Valley would be a huge mistake!