Rafting the Amazon in Ecuador

Rafting the Amazon

Experience the Amazon on a 3-day rafting trip. World-class whitewater awaits you, as do jungle canyons, thermal pools and a visit to a local indigenous community. Spend your Amazonian evenings relaxing in a riverside jungle lodge surrounded by the wildlife you normally only see in National Geographic.

The canyons of the Jatunyacu and other tributaries surge through Andean valleys and jaw-dropping canyon scenery to descend into the Amazon basin. The eastern Andes are home to tropical nature reserves that make up part of a UN designated biosphere zone. There are abundant species in the area’s lush forests, including the spectacled bear, splendid kingfishers, yellow-rumped caciques, and brilliant blue and green tangaras.

As well as world-class rafting there are natural thermal pools served by geothermal springs, where massages and aromatherapy are available. The local Kichwa people live in settlements along the river. They are accommodating towards visitors and will often talk about their customs and jungle world.

You will raft two of Ecuador’s best 1-day runs that set a benchmark for picturesque descents. In the early morning, you have time for a pleasant swim in calm pools before tackling big waves and fun play-holes. The setting is stunning; all around you are high canyon walls covered in verdant green forest and the river is fed by shining waterfalls. At intervals above you will see the Kichwa’s wooden bridges spanning the canyon.

On the final day you’ll visit the thermal pools nearby where you can arrange for massages and aromatherapy in advance. On the drive back to Quito you will also stop in a village to meet the ‘Wind Dancers’, members of the region’s Kichwa people, and learn more about their culture and customs.

This is definitely one for the thrill-seekers. Nature-enthusiasts won’t have the time they’d ideally want to take in all the wildlife around the river because of the concentration needed, but flatter sections offer chances for wildlife spotting.

Poor swimmers should not attempt this trip, no matter how good the safety jackets may be! A good level of fitness is suggested and those looking to avoid campsites will be pleased by the excellent quality of accommodation for the two nights. Perfect for young to middle age groups and families with older children.

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