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EWWS x Lili Winter Creeking Trip – Mexico

02/02/2025

15/02/2025

Veracruz, Mexico

Quim Fontane, Bartosz Czauderna, Gavin Barker

+16 years

Mexico City (MEX)

Aventurec - 4 person cabins

Creeking & Waterfalls, Class IV-V

6-10 spots

Mexico is the freefalling capital of whitewater kayaking and we had always had an itch to take flight ;) Learn how and when to boof or tuck a waterfall. Discover the fine art of stomping. Experience an authentic whitewater and cultural adventure in the deep Mexican jungle!

Upon return to our base get ready to fuel up for kayaking with daily buffets of authentic Mexican food and enjoy an espresso or cocktail at our full-service bar and café.

FLY IN/OUT & PICK UPS -More information provided after the booking.

DROP OFF – More information provided after the booking.

GAME PLAN

The following itinerary may change to suit the needs of the group. If the group feels sendy and the paddling is solid we will rise the bar, if we need to chill we will slow down a bit. It all depends on daily water levels and how we will feel about our kayaking!

Day 1 – Arrival Day to Mexico City (MEX)
Welcome to Mexico! Arrive in Mexico City, wait for group to assemble and drive ~4,5 hour to Aventurec, our Base Camp for the majority of our stay. Aventurec is the
premiere whitewater ecohotel in Mexico. In the afternoon you will have time to get settled into your accommodation. After we will have our first dinner together and we can discuss the plan for the next day over a cocktail (reads MOCKTAIL if you’re under 18 :P).

Day 2 – Warm up! Encanto-Palmilla
A class III boulder garden section, starting with a paddle back up a step gorge to see the beautiful Encanto waterfall, we’ll shake off the mid-winter cobwebs with opportunities to practice water-reading, and boofing before heading to the steep sections!

Day 3 – Alto Filo
A class III run in a stunning setting, winding through the steep cliffs and jungles of Veracruz. Get your first experience of a Mexican hike-in (25-minutes through jungle paths) and focus on roles in the team and safety techniques.

Day 4 – Roadside/Tablazo
The headwaters of the world famous Alseseca River are known by the paddling community as the “Roadside” section, a class IV low volume steep creek full of slides and waterfalls. This is a true “Mexican Style” drop&pool section which will provide the first opportunities to work on our freefalling and stomping technique.

Day 5 – Rest Day
After the travel and 3 days of paddling we will take a slower morning to recover, with the option of an afternoon cultural trip to the nearby ancient pyramid ruins. Stop on the
journey home for dinner at a popular restaurant Mexican Hacienda.

Day 6 – Lower Jalacingo
Clean boof heaven! Enjoy the stunning hike into a beautiful jungle gorge full of great boofs and rapids! The perfect next step from Roadside. More water, better rapids, higher drops – we are cooking!

Day 7 – Lower Jalacingo
We will head back to the Lower Jalacingo to improve our lines from the day before. With a little bit more experience and armed with some key takeaways from the video analysis of the lines we will make sure that you don’t just bomb down but style each of the rapids and drops of the Lower Jalacingo.

Day 8 – Pezma
Pezma is the section below Big Banana groge and packs a number of clean drops of various sizes and shapes. The picture of the trip shows the first drop of the Pezma Section so this section pacs a lot of things to be seriously excited about!

Day 9 – Truchitas
Truchitas is a 25ft Waterfall on the Jalacingo River. It really is the perfect Park and Huck spot to keep developing your freefalling skills on a relatively safe environment. We can take a more analytical look at your boof, stomp and tuck as you will be able to repeat the drop as many times as you like.

Day 10 – Rest Day
After so many drops your body will be asking you for a day off the water. Just relax, get a massage or enjoy the Zipline at Aventurec. We will visit a local restaurant for dinner and we will take some time to reflect on the progress of the week and to discuss what are the best options for the final few days of kayaking.

Day 11 – Big Banana – Silencio
Depending on group skills and water levels, hike into the world famous big banana section of the Alseseca. We will put in below the stunning 130ft Huata minmillo waterfall and kayak the rapids and waterfalls in the top section of this stunning jungle gorge. A great step up from the the other days on the river, we will need to put to practice everything we’ve learnt so far to safely navigate our team trough this committing gorge.

Day 12-13 – Group choice
Decide as a group your favourite section so far that you’d like to paddle again, take an easier run to wind down on your last day paddling or choose a harder run that you’d like to clean up your lines on!

Day 14 Departure day from Mexico City (MEX)
Pack up and say goodbye to your Coaches and the Aventurec team, travel to the airport and begin your journey home. We will leave to the airport early in the morning. Please book your flights in the evening not before 4:00pm.

Due to the nature of adventure kayaking, the following itinerary has to remain flexible. The LiLi and EWWS teams have coached many hundreds of people with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds on all types of whitewater across the world. This knowledge will be used to adjust the itinerary to suit the individuals and to maximise progression over the course of the trip.

INCLUDES

✔️ IF UNDERAGED – Loco Parentis (24h supervision) from point of drop off until hand over or check in completion at return airport.​

✔️ Accommodation in 4 person cabins (upgrade to single cabin possible for $180 depending on availability). All meals included except one eat out and meals during travel days. ​

✔️ Daily transport to and from the river.​

✔️ Expert guiding on and off the river by Quim Fontané, Bartosz Czauderna and Gavin Barker. ​

 Assistance with all logistics and local knowledge on and off the river to help you get the most out of your stay. Advice prior to trip on the climate, equipment needed and general travel advice if desired.​

YOU WILL ASLO NEED

➕ Flights, in case you need to fly in or out at the beginning and end of the camp.​

➕ Your own kayaking gear. (Kayak can be rented for $280 for the duration of the trip)​

➕ A suitable travel insurance.​

➕ About 100$ spending money.​

WHY MEXICO?​

Veracruz is a state in Mexico which is home to many rivers that run through steep gorges and thick jungle. Probably the most popular of these rivers with kayakers is the almost unbelievable Alseseca and Jalacingo.
Each section winds its way through beautiful jungle gorges which are stacked with amazing rapids and waterfalls…it really is a kayaker’s dream! Some of our pictures capture the feeling of dropping through such special gorges, which only allow you to see their beauty if you’re prepared to kit up and commit to entering them in your kayak!

WHAT BOAT SHOULD I BE BRINGING WITH ME?​

You MUST bring or rent a creekboat or puffy half-slice such as a Steeze, Beast or Zion Slalom. Slicey boats like a Ripper or Machete are not the right choice for running waterfalls.

I DON’T HAVE A BOAT 🙁 WHAT NOW?​

Not to worry, we can rent you a boat – We have a wide range of models you can choose from. Let us know your body weight and dimensions and we will bring the one that will suit you the most. Rent starts at 25€/day.

HOW DOES THE ACCOMMODATION LOOK LIKE?​

We will be staying in Aventurec, the Premium Kayaking Ecohostel of Mexico. Aventurec is located in the middle of the Mexican jungle, has security 24/7, and consists of not only the cabins we will be staying in, but it also has a fully stocked bar, swimming pool, restaurant… it really is the perfect place to wind down, chill and relax.

IS THE AREA DANGEROUS?​

Mexico is notorious not only for kayaking or being the home country of a guy that sends waterfalls on fire or on an inflatable lobster, but also for its high crime rates. The good news; the risk during the trip is minimal as we will be picked up directly at the airport and our vehicle will drop us directly in Anventurec, a facility that has security 24/7. The same can be said about river days, the transport drops us by the river and picks us up at the take out to then drive directly back to Aventurec.

WHAT SORT OF STUFF DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?​

The machete will not make it onto the flight, so you better leave it home :D – now in all seriousness, this is what you need:

– Good river shoes are specially important for this trip as there will be a few hike ins.
– Elbow pads are very highly advised as well as hitting your elbow with your boat during a landing hurts, and 10 million years old basalt hurts even more.
– Mosquito Spray for extreme conditions
– Full cut helmet an absolute must have and a fullface is recommended.
– All the necessary safety equipment: throwropes, whistle, river knife…
– It won’t be as warm as you might expect and the evenings can be rather cool so bring a few jumpers and long trousers with you.
– A mexican-style sombrero?

HOW DO I BOOK MY KAYAK ONTO MY FLIGHT?​

It is generally easy to book your freestyle boat onto most airline companies. However, some companies have length limitations that would exclude most creekboats. It is important to read the sport baggage policies of the companies you are considering to fly with before booking your ticket. Here is a quick breakdown of the fares of various popular airlines:

Ryanair – 35€ for the regular Sports Equipment, 55€ for a Large Sports Item. It is possible to check in up to 2 Large Sport Items per person per flight. The maximum weight allowed is 20kg, but you might be allowed to fly paying an additional fee of 11€/kg up to 32kg. In general quite a friendly company for both freestyle and creekboats.

EasyJet – The fee is 55€ and only one item per passenger is allowed. You can check in your kayak without problems as kayaks are amongst the items that are allowed on the airline’s sports baggage policy. Up to 32kgs. Friendly for both freestyle and creekboats.

Eurowings – Up to 32kg allowed, it has a cost of 50€. Generally a friendly company for both freestyle and creekboats.

Norwegian Airlines – Max dimensions stated on website are 250cmx79cmx112cm. This is more than enough for any freestyle boat and borderline for most modern creekboats. Likely that they would not care about 20cm extra as width and height of the kayaks are much less than their max allowance. 32kg max. weight allowance makes it a good company to chuck your kayaking gear inside your kayak :).
Cost is very reasonable at 30GBP (if booked online) or 50GBP directly at the counter. 

Vueling – Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. The weight limit is 32kg and the maximum length 270cm, which is good for all freestyle boats and many creekboats. The cost is 45€.

Lufthansa – Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. The maximum length allowed is 3,15m and the maximum weight is 32kg so this is a creekboat-friendly company. The cost is quite elevated, at 70 – 150€ depending if it’s a domestic flight or an international flight.

Aer Lingus – Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. The maximum weight allowed is 23kg and maximum length is 240cm, so freestyle boats are a go, but it is not a friendly company for creekboats. The cost is 40€.

Wizz Air – Kayaks are not on the allowed item list, but surfboards are. You will most likely not have any problems convincing the employees your kayak is actually a paddleboard. A slightly odd company as the price depends on the season and it’s higher during the summer months and lower during the winter. Not the most kayak friendly company so better to be avoided if you travel with your boat.

We highly recommend that you book your sports equipment in advance to avoid higher fees in the airport check in, or even worse, finding out that the flight is full and not being allowed to bring your kayak with you on board.

Also, packing your kayak nicely in a bag or using a “sock” for surfboards will maximise the chances that everything goes smoothly and that you don’t have any problems.

I AM UNDER 16 AND TRAVELLING ALONE. WHAT COMPANIES ALLOW U16s TO FLY IN THEIR OWN?​

Ryanair – This company does not allow unaccompanied minors under 16 years to travel. U16s can travel only in case there is a responsible adult over 16 years of age.

Easyjet – This company does not allow unaccompanied minors under 15 years to travel.

Eurowings – This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. Children between 5 and 11 can also fly if they are accompanied by a sibling over 16 years of age. The company also offers an unaccompanied minors service at an extra charge for passengers younger than 12 years of age. DIRECT FLIGHTS ONLY!

Norwegian – Maybe the best company out there to fly if you are an unaccompanied minor as they accept ages ranging from 5 – 15. From 5 – 11 you will need to contract the Unaccompanied Minor Service. This service is available but only optional from 12-15 and once your 16 you’ll be considered an adult.

Vueling – This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. Exception – Italian kids must be at least 14 to be able to travel alone.

Lufthansa – This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. Children between 5 and 11 can also fly if they are accompanied by a sibling over 16 years of age. The company also offers an unaccompanied minors service at an extra charge for passengers younger than 12 years of age, although it is also possible to book for up to 17yo. DIRECT FLIGHTS ONLY!

Aer Lingus – This company allows minors as young as 12 years old to travel unaccompanied. DIRECT FLIGHTS ONLY!

Wizz Air – This company does not allow unaccompanied minors under 16 years to travel. U16s can travel only in case there is a responsible adult over 16 years of age.

REMEMBER: Some countries have specific requirements for any children under 18 years who wish to travel into, out of or within their country. You must contact the country’s embassy website or national authorities for more information before you make your booking, and commence travel as these requirements can vary depending on the country, and can change regularly.

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