Río Aros Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

Like most international travel the group will meet the trip leader at the Hermosillo Airport, where your Global Descents Trip leader will then transport the group to our deluxe accommodations. This will be our final time for privacy and warm running water until we get off the river, enjoy the last touches of civilization. Later that evening, after we have all had a chance to freshen up from our travels, the group will have a fabulous local dinner and the trip leader will go over details of the trip to come.

Day 2

Rise and shine team, today is the first day of our journey together! After an early breakfast at the hotel we will hit the road to our put in on the Rio Aros, the small village of Natora. We will have some of time to get to know each other on the journey to Notora, as we traverse out of the populated cities into the rural Hispanic desert. Our camp will be atop a beautiful desert mountain pass where we will have dinner cooked over an open flame and our first evening sleeping outside. The next day we will be setting off on the Rio Aros! 

Day 3

Today we paddle through several Class II & III rapids sections and most of the day will be spent on the river. Experiencing rapids like Stratified, Rancheria, Jorge, and The Flake, this section is about 15-20 km. There are lots of fun waves in this section! A huge sandy beach awaits our next camp, and on the first day we are going to see the true magnitude of how remote this river truly is. After we unload the boats we will set camp for the evening and rest up for another exciting day on the river. 

Day 4

After a wakeful breakfast, we will continue our journey down the Lower Rio Aros. There are splendid hikes around Arroyo El Aliso, a private small slot canyon with a clean water source. That day we we will enter Lone palm gorge, where the walls cascade and the whitewater picks up into a constant class II & III section. As we press on covering nearly 25 km today, camp on my favorite sandy beach where the sand rivals the Caribbean.

Day 5

As we paddle over several days it is so important that we keep our bodies ready for the events ahead, stretching, and hydrating are a must on any river trip. This morning on the river will be rather mellow until we reach Rio Bonito for lunch. After we break, get ready for Cañon Los Arrieros, home to Roca Roja the biggest of the class IV rapids of the trip. We may stop for camp just before the gaging station at Paso de Nacori traveling about 30 km.  

Day 6

Today will hold the biggest rapids of the section. After we pass the Paso de Nacori gauging station, where the infamous Morita and Cajones rapids await. We may see some military macaws, large green parrots, in this canyon. After lunch watch for Las Perdices, a small secret clear pool, filled with a multitude of tiny fish.

Day 7

We are greeted by the shade at one of the caves, and alcoves along the river. There we may see some curious Coatis, small marsupials that are a mischievous bunch if you get too close. Later we will camp just above the Rio Bavispe after covering about 30 km. 

Day 8

In the morning, we will pass one of the largest tributaries on the section, the Rio Yaqui, this marks our take out near the bridge in Sahuaripa. From here we will begin our journey back to Hermosillo where the hotel, dinner and one final fiesta with our new friends awaits.

Day 9

Today is the day for good byes to new friends, but memories that will last forever. From the hotel, shuttles will be available to the airport or you may be off to your next adventure swimming with whale sharks, colorful fish or playful dolphins exploring the Sea of Cortez. 


Global Descents reserves the right to change the order of activities or even some of the activities due to changes in weather, transportation or other unforeseen events.