Quijos River 2 DAYS 42km
Class IV- IV+
|$319 per person|
|September to March with a minimum of 4 people|
What to bring
For on the river:
For off the river:
|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 day starts when we pick you up at 7:.00am from your hotel or our Meeting Point at Magic Bean on the corner of Foch y Juan León Mera. Travel east up across the páramo and down through beautiful cloud forest to the Rios Ecuador base in the Quijos valley. The trip will take about two and a half hours.
At the base you’ll enjoy a country style breakfast and be fitted up with wetsuits, life jackets and helmets. After a short drive to the put-in the Trip Leader will give a thorough safety briefing and conduct a swim test. Then you’ll split into groups for an intensive in-boat paddle practice with your guide. You’ll be thankful there are some easier rapids to warm up on before we hit the big technical rapids of the river’s upper canyons. We take on the very same rapids that challenged two hundred and fifty of the world’s best rafters as they battled it out in 2005 to be crowned World Champions. But don’t panic – it was our years of experience running the Quijos that convinced us to invite them all to compete on this truly remarkable river. No-one has rafted the Quijos for as long or as often as Rios Ecuador. So rest assured you can be in no better hands. Rafting time approximately 2½ hrs.
At the end of the day we pull the boats into shore and take a short drive to the lodge where we have cold beer, hot showers and a good meal waiting for us. O/n lodge.
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast we’ll pull on our wetsuits again and head back to the river for a lot more whitewater action. Today you should be prepared for one of the most exciting days of your life. And to top it off you’ll be doing it all in one of the most beautiful parts of Ecuador.
During the trip we’ll stop by the side of the river for a snack and then waiting for us at the take-out will be a delicious picnic lunch including fresh tropical fruits and served with soft drinks, juice and water. And of course we celebrate a fun day on the river with an ice-cold beer. From the take-out we’ll head back to Quito stopping at Papallacta Hot Springs Resort for a well-earned soak in the volcanically heated mineral waters. Arrival time is approximately 8pm. alternatively you can choose to spend a night at Papallacta.