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Take a Stand Up Paddle River Adventure in Mexico

Aaron - SupMexico
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January 4, 2015

In my relentless search for places to escape the cold, I found Mexico! A refuge from the polar vortexes of the U.S. and also a paddlers paradise. There is so much diversity of whitewater that you need multiple river craft to enjoy it all.

The headwaters of the Santa Maria River lie in the semi desert region between the states of Queretaro and San Luis Potosi. 150 miles from the gulf of Mexico where it finally meets the salt water. Santa Maria has no Dams and all 150 miles are excellent runnable whitewater. 5 Canyons, miles of big water class 4-5 and a 315 foot waterfall from the Rio Gallinas make this a multi-day paddlers dream.

We recently did the most upper stretch of Santa Maria on SUP boards. Its a 12 mile scenic canyon float with one class 4 rapid. Our plan was to put on in the afternoon and camp beside the class-4. Put ins in Mexico are sometimes an adventure in itself. This particular part of the river is a favorite watering hole for local cattle.

Heather and I used the Czar 6 and Baron 6 SUPs. The extra flotation comes in handy when carrying camping gear and food. I carried mosquito net, hammock, rain fly, jet boil stove and K-pump. Heather took the extra clothes, water filter and head lamps.

Read the rest and see photos at SupMexico

Paddle boarding the rivers of Mexico. So much to see and so many places to visit. Come down and experience waterfalls, turquoise colored rivers, crystal clear springs, great people and excellent food. Check it out at Stand Up Paddle Mexico

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