Translated from a story by the Tabasco Hoy newspaper.
Adventurer from Tabasco explores more than 1,000 km by kayak in the state and surrounding areas.
WHY EXPLORE TABASCO AND THE WATERS OF THE SOUTH OF MEXICO?
I have traveled most of the state by roads, terraces and trails, including by mountain bike. Water is a resource that abounds in this area, offers a different perspective to explore and enjoy the south of Mexico. Although now almost forgotten, rivers are the oldest roads of the state and were the main means of communication, so I think that the waterways are the best and most interesting way to explore and enjoy the natural beauties that we have.
WHY IN KAYAK?
The adventure and the contact with nature must be respectful of the environment, ecological, healthy ideally affordable too. The kayak allows me to achieve the above, also given the low speed I navigate (approx. 6 km/hr) and without a noisy motor, allows me to enjoy the wildlife. Another important reason is that in a kayak I can access places that neither boat nor cayuco (a typical traditional canoe made of a single tree) is possible to navigate, either because there are rapids, too shallow waters or obstacles that to navigate the boat has to be carried on my shoulder.
WHY AN INFLATABLE KAYAK?
I do crossings in places I do not know, and many of them have never been navigated. I need my kayak to be inflatable to have the freedom to transport it to the starting point and from the final place of the crossing in any way: taxi, truck, bicycle, Uber, even carrying it on my shoulder. With the inflatable kayak I have cruised in rapids, flat waters and sea. In short it is extremely versatile and portable.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM YOUR CROSSINGS?
That whether self propelled or with a small budget we have wonders to enjoy, I learned greater respect for nature and our dependence on her. I saw animals that we call wild like the lizards flee when seeing us since there are no animals more aggressive and wild than we humans. I observed very closely dolphins, loggerheads and otters. I learned that stress is a disease of the city and of “civilized” men. That the less you spend, the more you enjoy yourself and the better exercise is the one you do not realize you’re doing. On occasion, I have taken my drone on the crossings and flying a drone several km away makes it clearer how small we are.
DO YOU DO ANY PREPARATION BEFORE YOUR CROSSINGS?
I use “Google Earth” to review the section I want to navigate, measure the distance of the route and try to obtain information on where I can finish the journey and how to use it to return home. If it is a journey that I will be accompanied by friends, I plan with them. I also use “Google Earth” to carry a visual control and rack the kilometers I have traveled. As of today, I have navigated 1,016 km in kayak, without taking into account the repeated km of routes that I have paddled on more than one occasion.