The Cangrejal River has become a symbol of world class white water rafting in Central America. For over 20 years, it has been the foremost rafting site in Honduras, and its superb quality rapids, which offer a nice, technical level with pristine forests, easy access and incredibly clear water have earned it a prime name in the rafting and kayaking circles. The river has actually 4 different sections that can be run, depending on the degree of expertise. The regular commercially run section is about ¼ mile upriver from La Villa de Soledad, and can be clearly seen from our front porch! This section offers a variety of 3 to 6 foot drops into pools. A short canyon offers fast water, technical class III and IV rapids and lovely scenery floating amidst house size boulders. The trip is usually a 3 hour exhilarating experience. The lush tropical rain forest of Pico Bonito National Park provides a unique background, with the possibility of seeing a variety of tropical birds, including keel billed toucans.
A slightly more technical run is the stretch between the communities of El Pital and Las Mangas, which provides more class IV runs. Finally, if you are an expert kayaker, the run from Las Mangas to El Naranjo finishes right in front of La Villa de Soledad and provides a nice variety of class III, IV and even a V rapid.
Some well traveled white water experts claim that the Cangrejal River offers the best white water in the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or an expert, your white water rafting adventure on the Cangrejal River will surely be a memorable experience that you will cherish for a lifetime!