Back to one of my favourite places in the World. Mexico....
I have been excited about returning to Mexico since I left two years ago. I flew out the first week of Novemeber and it has been pretty much non-stop since I arrived. The mixture of friendly people, delicious food and epic whitewater is fast turning it into a mecca for kayakers am noticing a big increase in the number of kayakers venturing down here. Compared to my trip two years ago, the journey to Tlapacoyan, Veracruz was much smoother. Practically seamless in-fact, an easy flight with my kayak from Ottawa via Detroit and a relaxing 5 hour bus journey replaced the 25 hour bus fiasco of 2011.
Arriving in Aventurec I was surprised to find the water levels at pretty much 200% higher than I had ever experienced them previously. If I had done my homework in terms of keeping an eye on the weather I am sure I wouldn’t have been that shocked. It transpires that Mexico has been taking one, two punches both east and west coast from tropical storms and hurricanes for much of the summer and Autumn.
The first couple of weeks I spent surviving some of the usual ‘chill’ classic sections, portaging alot more that I had done previously and generally celebrating after completing sections of river which were swollen with water and the regular array of Mexican garbage. These first two weeks were just a warm up for my main event of this trip, exploring the uncharted territory of whitewater in Michoacan, Mexico.
But more about that next time.
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