That is how many waterfalls were counted as we paddled the Lower Jondachi/Hollin.Â And no two were alike (sounds like a snow storm!)Â Landscape designers would be envious of the way Mother Nature has decorated the bank of the river with cascading waterfalls pouring over beautifully colored rock stratas.Â While there is no such thing as anything less than a scenic run here in Ecuador, we refer to this run as âthe Pacuare of Ecuador.â?Â
Â To arrive at the put-in for the Jondachi/Hollin (referred as such because for half the run you are paddling the lower Jondachi, which then runs into the Hollin) it is a thirty minute hike in to the river. And that is if you have one of the locals carrying your boat (which they are delighted to do for $4).Â Note: even the cheapest kayaker should pay the $4.Â If you do not, it takes more than an hour to carry your own boatâwhich factors in the time it takes to stop and dig your shoes out of elbow deep mud in places; and then there is the fact that considerable good-will is created by supporting the local economy.Â
Once you arrive at the river, you are in dream land; a deep jungle setting within steep canyon walls.Â Swifts and kingfishers flight across river in front of you.Â Â As you paddle down through fun Class III rapids, an occasional footbridge crossing over top is noticed.Â But it is mystifying as to how someone would bushwack their way to the bridge as it appears to be solid dense jungle.Â And the morphous butterfliesâ¦.flying sporadically about the green backdrop, the florescent blue-winged butterflies create quite the distraction!
Â At the take out Angel was waiting for us with a bright sunburn on his shoulders and stomach.Â Ouch!Â A swim in the cool water was in store before loading up to head back over the Huacamayos (the mountain ridge that separates the Quijos Valley from the lowlands of the Tena region).Â Not a bad way to spend February 01, 2007!