About Mexico: If you’ve never been to Mexico, or if you’ve only visited Mexican tourist areas, you’re in for a great surprise. Our neighbors to the South are friendly, warm and hospitable. Mexico is a country of variety, with a rich history and a strikingly different culture from ours. Our whitewater trips take us to sparsely traveled corners of the country, encompassing some of the country’s most lush and beautiful landscapes. Our Intermediate River Trips show you the way into Mexico’s beautiful deep canyons, let you relax for a day at the beach, and include a visit at local historical ruins. More advanced expeditions include paddling miles of challenging white water and camping riverside, but we always take time out to explore Mexican towns, sample local cuisine and make new friends along the way! The winter weather is usually perfect for paddling and generally sunny, with air temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 degrees and water temperatures in the 60s and 70s.
If you travel a great deal, you’ll enjoy the immersion in colorful, easy-going Mexico. If you’re new to this part of the world, you can sit back and relax: Mexico is our home away from home, and we know where to take you. Come join Liquid Adventures as we migrate south to paddle Mexico’s white water! Along with our gear, we pack a strong appreciation for the warm Mexican culture, an individualized approach to instruction and our decades of professional leadership experience. We have been exploring remote Mexican rivers for many years. Now all you need to bring with you is a sense of adventure, a desire to expand your river skills, and maybe a Spanish phrase book. Whether you are new to the sport or are a seasoned kayaker, you’ll end up with an adventure of a life time.
In general, our trips travel to San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, and Oaxaca states, along the Gulf of Mexico coast, running the rivers flowing from the Sierra Madre and off of the mighty Pico de Orizaba. These are safe and stable areas to travel to. Our trips are based around Tlapacoyan and Jalapa, Ver., Valles, SLP and Tehuacan, Oaxaca, and we select sections of rivers to run according to students’ skill levels and daily river conditions. See each program for details.
Be sure to contact our office at (301) 229 0428 with any questions.
Check out our photos of past Mexico Trips.
2013 – 2014 schedule
(all trips 8 days in country, 6 days of paddling)
|#1||Waterfalls Trip Advanced
Nov. 09 – 16
San Luis Potosi
|#3||Overnight in Oaxaca
Dec. 25 – 1
Jan. 18 – 25
Feb. 8 – 15
|Waterfalls Trip Strong Intermediate
Nov. 23 – 30
San Luis Potosi
|#4||Alseseca Race Week
Jan. 5 – 12
|#6||Deep Canyon Strong Intermediate
Jan. 25 – Feb.1
|#8||Deep Canyon Strong Intermediate
Feb. 15 – 22
About Liquid Adventures in Mexico: Led by kayaking professionals with years of instructional experience, Liquid Adventures’ Mexico trips are known in the Washington, D.C. community for our commitment to professionalism, safety and spirit of adventure.
Tom McEwan has been paddling in Mexico since 1986. He made the first descents of the Tomata, Cajones, and Upper Valle National rivers. Over the years, he has come to know the rivers, as well as the local paddling community in Mexico. His instructional programs have produced many of the best paddlers in the country.
We know Mexico and her rivers well, and look forward to enjoying this year’s trips with paddlers of all levels.
Costs & Refund Policy: Prices: The cost of trips is $1280, ($1000 for Alseseca Week) includes all expenses excepting airfare and alcoholic beverages. You usually can get flights to Mexico City for under $600. We provide transportation from the Mexico City airport to your resort.
If notice is received more than 30 days prior to the trip date, a refund, less deposit, will be issued. No refunds or alterations will be issued within 30 days of trip date. We recommend Trip Insurance to protect you in case there is an unexpected need to cancel.
Registration: For our Mexico trips, a $300 un-refundable deposit is required to hold your reservation. The balance is due 30 days before the start date of the trip, and at that point, it is un-refundable. Reservations within 30 days of the trip date require full payment with the reservation.
You can register and make payment online. Alternatively, you may make payment by sending a check to Liquid Adventures at the address below, or call the office with a credit card number.
After registering, and making payment, please print off a Waiver Form, Health Form, and Equipment List. For persons under 18 on the youth trip, please print off the Youth Permission Form (both parents must sign the form and have it notarized). Bring with you or send to the address below, the Waiver Form, Health Form and Youth Permission Form (if needed).
Family and Friends Plan: When you travel on a trip it is especially fun to share the experience with friends or family. If you sign up for a trip and bring a friend or family member, we will give you a discount of $125 for each that you bring with you. That means if you bring 10 persons with you on a trip, you will be able to come at almost no cost.
Getting There: Once you register, you are encouraged to book your flights early to secure low fares. Flights should arrive as close to noon as possible on the first published date of a trip. Departure flights should be booked for the early afternoon of the last day of a trip. We are happy to discuss these options with you when you are ready to make airline reservations.
Upon arrival in Mexico City on the first day, we gather at the airport’s international arrivals area. Arrival times will be coordinated in advance. We then travel together by bus and car to our first paddling destination.
We encourage you to spend extra days in country at either end of your trip. You will find spending an additional day or two at our beautiful Hotel in the city of Puebla, the cultural center of the country. You can make reservations directly with the Hotel for those extra days. If you would like to arrive early for a visit to Mexico, Puebla, or Oaxaca City, please let us know in advance so that we can help you to connect with a recommended hotel and to coordinate a rendezvous with the group.
Accommodations: Lodgings on our trips are simple, natural and invariably beautiful. On the low intermediate and strong intermediate trips, we stay at full-service ecological resorts which provide small cabins in charming, natural settings near the rivers we paddle.
We visit Aventurec and Nace el Rio resorts as well as an assortment of comfortable traditional 4 star hotels in Puebla and Ciudad Valles. On the advanced trips we have similar accommodations near the rivers where we paddle.