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"Mopan River Tubing" Top 5 Page for this destination Caves and Tubing Tip by Bwana_Brown

Caves and Tubing, San Ignacio: 12 reviews and 22 photos

  Mopan River Rapids at Start of Tube trip
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  • Mopan River Rapids at Start of Tube trip - San Ignacio
      Mopan River Rapids at Start of Tube trip
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  • Closer view of Local in one set of Class II rapids - San Ignacio
      Closer view of Local in one set of Class II rapids
    by Bwana_Brown

After our morning walk to Xunantunich, we chilled out on the internet for a while and then had lunch. However, by 1 PM the heat had built up quite nicely to the 30 C (86 F) range, so we decided to take advantage of the Trek Stop's river tubing adventure package. For US$10 each, we hopped in the rear of one of their pick-up trucks and they drove us to the Mopan River just upstream of the hand-cranked ferry to Xunantunich (note the local guy in the photo standing by a small island out in the shallow rapids). There, we were both outfitted with life jackets, which were attached by a small rope to the large rubber inner tubes that we were both given.

The Mopan River gets its beginnings in the Maya Mountains of Guatemala and crosses into Belize very close to the village of San Jose Succotz where the Trek Stop is located. Once into Belize, it continues northward through the jungle and farmlands before swinging east, where it joins with the Macal River (which flows through San Ignacio) to form the Belize River. Because of its origins in the limestone mountains famous for their caves, the dissolved limestone in the waters of the Mopan deposits here and there along its length, forming many sets of rapids. We were told to be on the lookout for the Clarissa Falls Hotel, because we should go ashore there after besting the large Class III rapids there, otherwise we could be floating off into the jungle for quite some time!

Directions: Start just upstream of Xunantunich and float for 2+ hours down to Clarissa Falls Hotel

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  • Updated May 20, 2006
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