Quijos River 1 DAY 16km

Class IV- IV+

 

The Quijos is Ecuador’s premier whitewater trip with mile after mile of class IV rapids and spectacular rainforest and basalt canyon scenery. Expect to run more whitewater in a day here than you’d do in a week elsewhere. These trips are for experienced rafters or adventurous first-timers that are confident swimmers. No wimps please!

Price
$97 per person
Season
September to March with a minimum of 4 people
Included
  • International Rafting Federation-certified guides
  • Top-of-the-line rafting equipment
  • Safety kayaker
  • Transportation from Quito to the river and back
  • Riverside lunch
  • Celebratory beers
  • Unsurpassed safety
Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Optional entry to Papallacta Hot Springs ($8).
What to bring
  • Swimsuit/shorts, T-shirt, tennis shoes/river sandals
  • Sunglasses (with retention strap), baseball cap
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Towel, dry change of clothes
Requirements
No previous rafting experience is necessary however participants must be confident in the water and be able to swim. Minimum age is 15 years.
The trip begins at 8.30am in our office (Tarqui & Días Pineda in front of the Austria Hostel). About ten minutes outside town we cross the Napo river, one of the principal tributaries of the colossal Amazon, and continue for about another thirty minutes south into the jungle.

Once we arrive at the river you will be fitted out with a life jacket and helmet and the trip leader will give the group a comprehensive safety briefing. The group will then be divided into teams and your team will be introduced to your guide. Your guide will train you in the paddling techniques needed to navigate your way down the river, revise your safety equipment, and securely stow any items you bring along like sunscreen or a small camera. Then it’s off onto the jungle waters for a day that contrasts furious paddling down fun, bouncy rapids and moments of quiet contemplation of the beauty of the passing jungle.

During the trip we’ll stop at a riverside beach for a delicious picnic lunch that includes fresh tropical fruits and is served with soft drinks, juice and water. At the end of the trip we celebrate a great day out with a few ice-cold beers or sodas. The drive from the take-out back to Tena takes about ten minutes. Arrival time is approximately 4pm but may be earlier or later depending on the river level.

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