We enjoyed a leisurely two and half hour trip down the Rio Grande River on a bamboo raft made by our captain. The Rio Grande is clear and clean with five or six small rapids to make the rafting a little more interesting. Our captain was entertaining; he told us about life along the river, how to become a Rio Grande River boat captain, and how rafting trips began in 1911 when Errol Flynn asked whether people instead of bananas could be transported. Each boat holds two people and the January 2014 cost was $72 per raft.
A highlight of the trip was our visit to Belinda's very rustic restaurant about one-half down the river. Don't forget to tell your captain that you want to stop there for lunch so that he can call ahead and make sure she has food for you. I recommend the crayfish in a spicy coconut sauce and the fricasseed chicken.
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