La Ruta Maya River Challenge – An Extreme Bucket List Adventure

My friends at Pau Hana Surf Supply are in San Ignacio, Belize for the race of their lives, La Ruta Maya River Challenge! La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge is a grueling multi-day canoe race traveling a perilous river route across Belize. The route runs West to East along the Macal and Belize Rivers, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and the bustling port of Belize City. With 170 miles of river racing, it is more than just a race!

The  Pau Hana crew, Todd Caranto and Royce Hanamaikai, are already in Belize with trainer, Nick Troutman and racer, Shane Perrin for prerace preparations in San Ignacio. Shane is currently training on a stand-up paddleboard, PauHana Big EZ, in Class 2/3 rapids for the race. He was asked in late January to take on this race so it only gave him five weeks of training. The race is 170 miles spread out over four days. Day one is 50 miles; day two is 60 miles; day three is 35 miles, and day four is 25 miles. While racing, Shane will not have ground support, which means that he’ll be carrying everything he needs for the entire day on the board.

After each day’s mileage is complete, they are going to get the people of Belize out on paddleboards so they can experience it for the first time. Todd, co-owner of Pau Hana Surf Supply, is the mastermind behind the entire trip. He set everything up and contracted a film crew to capture the whole experience in a documentary.

Pau Hana Surf Supply are really breaking new ground with this expedition. In the race’s 15 year history, there have only been three man canoes allowed to enter. Shane is the first stand-up paddle boarder allowed to race.

Stay tuned for the results of Shane’s first race, La Ruta Maya!

Check out the prerace preparation photos in San Ignacio

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47 thoughts on “La Ruta Maya River Challenge – An Extreme Bucket List Adventure

  1. I have completed 3 day white-water canoing trips, but never a 170 mile RACE! Oh, my what an adventure through such beautiful country! Bless you for sharing all these photos! I feel afloat right now!


    • I will keep the posts coming on this event. Pau Hana Surf Supply is a company with such strong passion and commitment that I can’t help but feel connected to them. Although I can’t be there with them since my next trip will be to the hospital to deliver my baby girl, I will be following them closely on this journey.


    • I know, right? I can’t imagine it, but I look forward to hearing all about it from Shane. Pau Hana is making dreams come true! I admire their adventurous spirit and hope to join them on a future journey.


  2. What a GREAT adventure for all of us to follow! Thank you. Btw, I can tell you that motherhood will be your best journey yet! I’m excited to hear the exciting news of the birth of your baby girl!


  3. I’ve been to la Riviera Maya but did not make it as far south as Belize. I will be adding it to my travel bucket list as well. Best of luck with your little one – motherhood is the ultimate adventure!


    • I was in Riviera Maya two years ago and I loved it! Then, we were in Costa Rica and Nicaragua last summer, but we missed Belize. My husband wants to scuba dive there so I’m assuming it will appear on our list within the next couple of years.

      I hope you make it there as well.



  4. Man, that place is beautiful. I don’t know that I’d ever get any more done that staring at the scenery with my mouth open (maybe with an anti bug screen in front of it) Good luck!


  5. I agree with the above comments! Your blog provides me with a perfect excuse to take a 10 minute break, have a cup of coffee and enjoy the wonderful adventures other people have from the comfort of my chair…just picturing the insects on that Belize river adventure gives me an anxiety attack!


  6. Great post. I look forward to reading more about this adventure. I do enjoy the outdoors but at the end of the day I need all the comforts of home – indoor plumbing, hot and cold running water and my bed.

    You and your blog are very inspiring which is why I nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You can check it out on my site. Here is the short link –


  7. good luck, i did the race last year! It was a great achievement having never paddled before and only getting 8 weeks training in. We Team Pic n Mix managed to finsih 3rd in the LAdies catergory too!! Will be at the finish line this year, cheering everyone in – and this time won’t be knaackered!!


  8. Wow this pushes extreme to the limit (170 miles in 4 days) I wish them the best of luck. I think this will definitely be an outstanding and memorable adventure! Belize always looks so beautiful and there is such an amazing variety of flora and animals to see I would love to scuba there someday.


  9. This is great. I have been to Belize twice via a boat cruise and was only able to take a short tour, but I have fallen in love with the place and the people. My goal is to take my children. It was wonderful to see a different side of the country.


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