Super stoked and extremely lucky I got the opportunity to head over to Mexico again! It is a country of utmost beauty; the people are friendly, food is delicious and the whitewater and nature are amazing.
I got an invite from Rush to shoot with the Altius Crew in Mexico, a few weeks before departing. At first I expected this to be a kayaking shoot, but it turned out we did much more than that! Altius is a rad company promoting the thirty-one states in Mexico through the passion and adrenaline of the best sports, events, culture and artists around.
Arriving in Mexico city the whole crew got together and we slowly started the long drive over to San Luis Potosí. SLP is located in North-Central Mexico. It is bordered by nine other Mexican states, making it the state with the most borders with other neighboring states.
Photo by Marcos Ferro @Altiusevents
Our days started early with the alarm set for 5:15ish most of the days. Usually we ate dinner around ten-ish at night and doze of to bed close to midnight. Meaning our days were busy but they were packed with sooo many rad activities!
Photo by Page Stephenson @Pageskywalker
I learnt a lot of new things as I had the chance to rappel down an incredible 400 ft stunning waterfall, went diving in a lukewarm crystal clear spring lake and also rappelled down a 1200 ft (400 metre) cave deep in the ground! I also had my first Topo Duo experience taking Larissa down some beautiful drops, while watching Aniol running some impressive waterfalls.
We also paddled a sweet mini Agua Azul style river, went climbing, SUP boarding, horseback riding and swam in crystal clear lakes, jumped off waterfalls, explored Mexican sculptures, strolled down local markets, slept in incredible places and ate delicious food! On top of that, there weren’t and/many tourists at all the places we visited, which makes these places even more incredible.
We did not got to kayak much, but I loved doing all the new and fun things! I totally wish I could have joined the crew on the rest of the trip as they kept exploring two other states in Mexico, which I’m sure are as badass as San Luis Potosí!
Photo by Marcos Ferro @marcosferro
About the author
About the author
With her father running a kayak school and an older brother and sister already hooked on paddling, Martina had pretty much no choice than to become a kayaker. She grew up in the small seaside village of Schoorl, just to the north of Amsterdam, spending her teenage summers working as a kayak instructor for her father or following the European freestyle circuit.