Upano River 5 DAYS 60km

Class IV-IV+

 

A journey down the Río Upano is a very special experience. Rafting the Upano we witness the many moods and changing character of a jungle river. We set off on a shallow and braided river having to choose a route where the waters divide into numerous channels. The pace steadily increases until the river plunges into the magnificent Namangosa Gorge. Here we tackle rapids up to grade IV+ in the midst of virgin rainforest and the spectacle of dozens of waterfalls cascading from the lip of the gorge. Finally, the river broadens and deepens to become a calm but powerful giant on it’s way to meet the Río Amazonas. One of the highlights of this trip is the night we spend camped by a Shuar settlement. Here we have the opportunity to visit a traditional farm and learn about the Shuar way of life.
Price
4 to 6 participants $849, 7 to 14 participants $749
Season
October to February
Included
  • International Rafting Federation-certified guides
  • Expert safety kayaker
  • Complete rafting and group camping equipment
  • All meals on the river (i.e. from Lunch Day 1 to Brakfast Day 5)
  • Transport from Macas to the river and back
Not Included
  • Flight (or bus) Quito-Macas-Quito
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals in Macas
  • Tips
What to bring

For on the river:

  • Swimsuit/shorts, T-shirt,
  • Tennis shoes/river sandals
  • Sunglasses with retention strap, baseball cap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm, insect repellent
  • Water bottle (1litre)
  • Thermal top, light rain jacket.

For off the river:

  • Long-sleeved shirt, long pants (not jeans), light jumper/fleece jacket,
  • Shoes / boots
  • Personal items (i.e. toiletries/medication)
  • Sleeping bag, thermarest or sleeping pad, headlamp or torch
  • Small towel
  • Plastic bags for wet gear.
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.
Departures
Any day
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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