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Río Cantelá, upper, Chiapas, Mexico (area: Palenque; click here for the Chiapas table of rivers)

river photo

Class: III; Ave. Gradient: 6 m/km; Portages: none; Length: 5.5 km; Time: 1 hour

Season: mid-June to December; rafts? no; Highlights: creeky bits; Crux Move: catching the water

Water Quality: decent; Water Temperature: cold

PI: Lamaltzac (elev.: 890m); TO: San Ignacio bridge

Description: (click here for general notes about my descriptions)

The Río Cantelá offers some low volume easy creeking and bushwacking, either as a quick run in itself, or as an appetizer to the buffet offered by the downstream run on the Corostic.

A full description is in the Mayan Whitewater: Chiapas & Belize guidebook.

Flow Notes: There is a streamflow gauge downstream on the Río Tulijá, linked to below. Only a fraction of the flow here is from the Cantelá, though, and is basically useless for guessing the flow at the PI. The creek needs heavier than average rains to come up. Below I also show historical flows at the Tulijá gauge.

cfs graph

click here for the height graph

cfs graph

Accommodations: there are a couple basic hotels in Bachajón.

Nearby Tourist Attractions: Agua Azul Falls and Palenque.

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