White water rafting on Río Cangrejal


As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I went white water rafting in La Ceiba, more specifically in the Río Cangrejal area of Pico Bonito. I had never done this before but I must say that it was amazing. For 40$ they picked us up at the hotel, drove us all the way up in the mountains on little roads that we barely would have been able to drive ourselves. Once we were at the mountains they explained us how rafting works and once everyone understood the why and how of this really cool sport, we went off in the water for 2 or 3 hours. It was truly an amazing experience and I loved every minute of it. 

The professional rafter who was accompanying us told me that I had a lot of strength and that I did a great job in the raft so that made me feel very good. Initially I was planning on taking my GoPro on the raft so I could make cool videos, but the people of the rafting company told me that the water might be pretty wild, so since I didn’t have a bracelet on my GoPro extension pole so I could hold it securely I decided to not take it in the end. I regretted it so much afterwards, because after an hour or so we made a stop to swim in the river (We needed to cool down, cause the rafting made us pretty sweaty!). There were really cool and high rocks on the side of the river and believe it or not, I jumped off of one of those cliffs. Something I had never done before but I DID IT (even twice!)  I was so proud of myself, but so bummed that I didn’t have my GoPro to film this scary experience. 

Instead I ended up giving the camera to a guy who was gonna make videos and pictures of us on the side of the river during our long ride. The guy ended up taking about 40 selfies and a couple of videos and photos of the boat of the other group of people. I found about 2 pictures of our boat, so at least I got some kind of memory of this experience!

Have you ever rafted before? Where? Was it amazing? What about jumping off of a cliff?


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6 thoughts on “White water rafting on Río Cangrejal

    • juliecrombe says:

      Yh, he also broke the extension pole, but I figured since he had been taking pictures I’d forgive him. Too bad you can’t immediately see the GoPro footage when it’s taken! Life lesson: Don’t give your camera gear to strangers! 😉

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Great story – very funny about the guy who was supposed to take pictures for you. I did some whitewater rafting once in western North Carolina, but it wasn’t such a great experience. My mother was there and kept yelling at us to paddle hard in the tough spots, and it all went by incredibly fast. But I’m glad you had a great time and conquered your fears, too – wow, I’m sure you knew the water was deep enough to dive! 😉

    • juliecrombe says:

      There were a couple of guys who had jumped before me, so I made sure that there were no rocks in the water and that it was deep enough! I wouldn’t take the risk of killing myself just because I wanna do something I’ve never done before! 😉 xo

  2. Heather says:

    Rafting was something my parents enjoyed, so I started going occasionally when I was a teenager. Would love to go again – it’s been 5 years or so. Nicely done, taking the plunge off the cliff! It looks easier from the water, but I always get VERY jittery before jumping!

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