Kayaking Mexico may not be the first way you think of exploring the country, but perhaps it should be. Mexico’s coastlines and jungle regions are criss-crossed with hundreds of rivers, streams and waterways just begging for you to get out and explore. Exploring by kayak or small boat will not only give you a new perspective on the land, but will also give you access to places most tourists won’t see.
We kayaked the Rio Micos in Mexico’s Huasteca region outside of San Luis Potosi with some friends who had never kayaked before. A series of small waterfalls, with deep pools beneath them, we felt like National Geographic explorers floating down the river. With the beautiful turquoise water and tropical birds, I felt a bit like telling Danny, “We’re not in Kansas anymore”. We “explored” until we came upon the local popular swimming hole at the end of the run. Suddenly we felt more like locals as we relaxed among local families and splashed around with the kids.
IF YOU WANT TO KAYAK MEXICO:
Fortunately Mexico is accessible, even if you only have a few days. Kayaking in Mexico is becoming a popular excursion from all inclusive resorts, cruises and budget hotels alike. Check out the equipment before you go, and don’t forget a waterproof case for your camera. Whitewater kayaking is limited at present in Mexico, but it is growing! Sea kayaking marine mammal safari’s from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula (Cabo San Lucas or La Paz) or Yucatan Peninsula (Cancun or Tulum) are also popular and worthwhile if you’re looking for something a little less heart pounding than whitewater kayaking. Mexico is a breathtaking country, so be sure to go inland if you have the opportunity and explore the ruins, jungles and diverse cultures of Mexico.