The canyon of the Green River, in places, is deeper than the Grand Canyon. The San Juan River is one of the longest in the Southwest. The Colorado flows from the some of the highest peaks in the Rocky Mountains. The Rio Pacuare in Costa Rica offers world-class whitewater in a pristine rainforest canyon.
On a multi-day river expedition you hike up side canyons containing ancient dwellings and mysterious petroglyphs etched into towering canyon walls by Ancestral Pueblo cultures.
These raft and inflatable kayaking expeditions have rapids that range anywhere from class I to IV. As you learn to "read" the rapids, you become more comfortable maneuvering through the water and you look forward to the next rapid around the bend. We travel as a team, camp on sandy beaches and sleep under the stars learning to cook fresh food in a wilderness kitchen.
You can swim in the crystal clear waters of side canyons or roll in the canyon mud! Marvel at the thundering rapids and the awesome beauty!
In the Kayaking & Rock Climbing expedition, you will learn the paddling skills necessary to navigate the Colorado or San Juan River. In the Costa Rica Exploradores program you paddle down the Rio Pejivalle while looking for wildlife on the riverbanks. Designed as an introduction to kayaking, the initial focus is on learning basic techniques: paddle strokes, braces, reading the river, eddying out, the wet exit, the "T-Rescue" and the "Eskimo Roll," among many others.
During the 3 to 4-day kayak expedition, you become comfortable practicing these basic skills as you play in the waves and currents. Kayaking is a fun way to explore the river because you control your own craft, building confidence along with your skills.
We have found the canoe to be a great way to travel along the rivers of the Southwest and have expanded this activity due to participant requests. On a self-supported canoe trip, you learn the basic skills to navigate on a 3 to 5-day expedition on the San Juan or Colorado River.
Paddle strokes - forward, backward, "J-stroke", ruddering and "the draw" - are the focus of your first few days on flat, but moving water. Have fun playing games in the river to build your comfort and expertise on the water. As your skill develops, so does the level of challenge. You encounter more exciting rapids as you travel downstream.
There is plenty of time for swimming and exploring the side canyons of these desert rivers. You and your partner will pack your canoe, and carry everything necessary for fine days of river adventure. Hone your leadership skills while guiding your canoe through Class II rapids. In a canoe, you take an active role in your river expedition and are richly rewarded by your efforts.
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