Views 31 Oct Argentine best spots for rafting
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Argentina offers some wonderful whitewater rafting opportunities, ranging from grade II through to IV, offering exciting rides through magnificent scenery. For the people who love water and water adventure Argentina is the right destination. The most popular routes are on the turbulent Rio Mendoza, cutting through mountain gorges, on the Rio Manso through the southern part of the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi and on the Hua Hum river.

Rio Mendoza (class III and IV)  is a river in the province of Mendoza, Argentina and will be the place where The Rafting Association of Argentina will host the 2008 Pan-American Rafting Championships between the 25th of November  and 29th.The races will be held on the Upper Mendoza River, located in the base of the Andes. The upper valley of the Mendoza begins at around 2,600 m.a.s.l. and it is U-shaped, of glacial origin. The muddy colored water is a result of the glacial runoff that begins up ahead at the top of the Andes Mountains. Once decanted in the Potrerillos Reservoir, the water becomes turquoise glacier blue. The temperatures in late November are dry and warm 25° to 28°C during the day and 15° C at night. The water temperature is around 8° C. It’s recommended using long-sleeved paddle jackets, neoprene wetsuits or fleece and booties. Kayakers use dry tops.

Rio Manso (class III and IV) has glacial origin at the Ventisqueros (where the glacial ice melts) of mount Tronador. The river crosses the Andean Patagonian forests and the Valdivian rainforest and it flows through four lakes crossing the border to Chile joining Puelo river, finally draining into the Pacific ocean. Even if it sounds paradoxical, as manso means calm in Spanish, this river is an excellent place to practice river rafting and face the different kinds of rapids. Manso together with Limay are the only two rivers, in the Nahuel Huapi National Park, where it is allowed by the Park authorities, to practice commercial white water rafting tours.

Rio Hua Hum(class III) is one of the most beautiful rivers of the South American continent, in the Mapuche language means “hole in the sky” deriving its name to its turquoise and emerald waters. It’s two hours far from San Martin de los Andes town, in the Nequen Province. This river originates from Lake Nonthué and drains into the Pacific Ocean with a different name.The Hua Hum River barely runs 2.7 Kilometers in Argentine territory and runs from the Andean Patagonian forest onto a more perennial and brighter area characterized by the large amount of rainfall during the year, known as the Valdivian forest.

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7 Responses

  1. everytime I go to argentina I go to Buenos Aires, and Mar de Plata. But looks like I need to a little futher north. Those pictures of Rio Mendoza look beautiful.

  2. The scenery looks amazing! It has been a number of years since I have been down a river. I am excited to get back into it. The rivers you mention are ones that I will write down in my wish list. Thanks for the great detail in describing them.

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    Also a good place for whitewater rafting is Panama….

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