CHIAPAS: Land of Rebels
Inside 'BEYOND THE DROP,' a short film from the Five Falls of Mexico's Rio Tulijá
This extended flipbook photo essay goes inside the making of Teva and River Roots‘ new short film, ‘BEYOND THE DROP,’ documenting an international team’s descent of the Five Falls of Mexico’s Rio Tulijá, documented in the June 2013 issue of Canoe & Kayak with the following story.
In March, Rafa Ortiz led an international team deep into the rainforests of his native Mexico to crack the Five Falls of the Rio Tulijá, one of the most-complex waterfall combinations on earth. Though the popular tourist site known as Agua Azul lies nearby, these five falls are hidden deep within the Lacandon Jungle, on a half-mile stretch of river that drops a dizzying 1,000 feet. “There’s only two ways to get there, paddling through all these turquoise blue channels or hiking through Zapatista rebel land,” explains Ortiz. “It was really cool to see the faces of the Zapatistas because they don’t often see guys coming there with kayaks and running the waterfalls in their backyard.” Or gals: here Martina Wegman makes a sky-blue stout go down easy. — Mark Anders