Mexico has gotten a lot of bad press lately so we’d like to give you some good news about our favorite country south of the border. Our whitewater kayaking trips in Jalcomulco, Veracruz went off without a hitch this winter! We experienced the same friendliness, slow-paced lifestyle, delicious fresh food, sunshine and amazing rivers as always.
We started off with a custom whitewater kayaking co-ed trip in January followed by two womens intermediate trips and one novice womens trip. Many people tell us that our trips offer so much more than kayaking and we like it that way. Besides the amazing kayaking we experienced a lot of laughter, music, dancing and fun! Morning yoga helped keep everyone’s bodies stretched, strengthened and balanced for the full week of paddling. We had a blast and are grateful to those of you who joined us this year! Here are a few positive headlines about Mexico from the women who joined us:
“It was like a river of dreams!! So much fun!” — Melanie Rausch, Boston, MA
“I’m still dreaming of my trip this past January! It was the best! Thanks for everything.” — Heather Woodward, Crested Butte, CO
“Thank you for one of the best weeks of my life I learned so much from both of you and cannot wait to get back in the water!!” — Donna Morgan, PA
“I’m still basking in the afterglow of a great trip…thanks again to Anna and Mary Frances and all the wonderful women and interns who participated.” — Laura Heron, Redding, CA
On a personal note I was able to assist a river monitoring group under Global Water Watch, taught complimentary yoga classes in Spanish to local women and spent an afternoon picking coffee with friends who were harvesting their crop. We also made a special trip to the Oro River in southern Veracruz — one of the most pristine and coolest rivers I’ve ever run! It’s a solid class IV river in the jungle and has a 40ft waterfall followed by a 30 ft waterfall that are both good to go. I hadn’t run waterfalls that tall in many years and the adrenaline rush was awesome — or chingon as my friend Aldo would say.
Mary Frances go to celebrate her birthday a la Mexicana with a traditional tres leches cake, mordida, pinata and salsa night!
We’re already looking forward to our 2012 season and going back to all of the amazing stuff Mexico has to offer! Here is a highlight reel from the many photos taken during our trips and adventures. Enjoy!