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“A dirty river hyped by allusions to famous movies”
Review of Rio Chavon

Rio Chavon
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We spent 2 hours kayaking on this river. We enjoyed the exercise after a large cruise ship breakfast. But I cannot imagine why anyone would want to go on a boat or kayak trip on this river. The vegetation is sparse, except in a few instances; the water is muddy. There are a few large houses 200 feet above the river that one can ogle from afar.

During our entire 2 hours, we saw no people, no animals, no fish; we literally just paddled up and down an ugly river. Our guide pointed out one viewing opportunity during the entire trip---a bee hive far above the surface of the water. So we paid $100 each to get some exercise and see an unimpressive bee hive.

This trip is marketed as if one is going into a jungle-like ambiance akin to what one has seen in movie adventures. Instead the river is very wide, and we saw nothing at all that even remotely looked like the setting in Apocalypse Now.

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Reviewed 26 December 2013

River was used in a bunch of movies representing all parts of the world. Nice views and very calming. Lots of expensive houses overlooking the shores

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We took a riverboat ride down this river. The water is very dark, but the life along the river is amazing. There arent predators in the river (snakes, gators, etc) or leeches so many movies have been filmed here. You can see a great deal of wildlife along the river as well as farmers, fishermen, and local canoers. We enjoyed the peaceful pace and the calm relaxing river. It was worth a visit!

2  Thank TNmomKnoxville_TN
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

it's pretty but there's no infrastructure except a few shacks selling local fare, no restaurants or organised boat tours. The locals use it to bathe and party but it could be made more inclusive and fun.

4  Thank docdeee99
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

Fantastic place to go by boat and have a swim!! Swiming in fresh water when you know you are surronded by salt water in quite impressive!!! Great views and great for pictures!!

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