Cahabón River

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Cahabón River
Río Cahabón
Personal de Semuc Champei.JPG
The Cahabòn in flood at Semuc Champey
Physical characteristics
SourceTactic, Guatemala
 - coordinates15°19′18″N 90°20′17″W / 15.321549°N 90.338169°W / 15.321549; -90.338169
 - elevation1,600 m (5,200 ft)
MouthPolochic River
 - coordinates
15°25′21″N 89°00′00″W / 15.422463°N 89°W / 15.422463; -89Coordinates: 15°25′21″N 89°00′00″W / 15.422463°N 89°W / 15.422463; -89
 - elevation
90 m (300 ft)
Length195.95 km (121.76 mi)[1]
Basin size2,459 km2 (949 sq mi)[1]
 - average164.2 m3/s (5,800 cu ft/s)[1]

The Río Cahabón (Cahabón River) is a 196-kilometre (122 mi) long river in eastern Guatemala. From its sources in the Sierra de las Minas range in Baja Verapaz it turns north and then east into Alta Verapaz, running through Santa Cruz Verapaz, Tactic, Cobán, San Pedro Carchá, Semuc Champey and Santa María Cahabón below which it joins the smaller Polochic River.

It has whitewater reaches, with Class III and IV rapids — intermediate to challenging — which are favoured spots for touristic river rafting.

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  1. ^ a b c "Rios de Guatemala" (in Spanish). INSIVUMEH. Retrieved 4 August 2010.