When you are a kayaker in the southeast – probably the best year-round place to live and kayak, there is hardly time to paddle everything available to you. So why do we move shop to places like Costa Rica and Ecuador for the winter?
1. If a cold front hits home, it makes the trip down south worthwhile.
2. If you want to do a week of high-quality whitewater–and have an excuse to not think about work, take some time away from your backyard favorite runs and go international.
3. New rivers to explore. New rapids to run. New holes to surf. Waves to catch.
4. New cultures to explore! And that is what makes a trip stand apart.
The rivers of Ecuador are the highlight of the trip, but the cool things that we do off the river really create the memories!
Starting with Quito…..It would be disappointing to visit Ecuador and not spend a little time exploring Quito – one of the most interesting cities on any continent! From its early Quitus population to the Incas to the Spanish to modern day, Quito has a wealth of history. When the small country was liberated from Gran Columbia by Bolivar and Sucre, the name Quito was almost adopted, but with its position on the equator (and some protests from Guayaquilenos), the name Ecuador stuck.
And it is super easy to take a few extra days while in Quito and check out mountain biking down a snow-capped Andes Volcano!
For such a small country, there is so much to explore from north to south, to the Galapagos Islands– just a plane trip off the west coast of Ecuador.
Once we head over to the Oriente – the paradise of paddling, there is so much to do. There are more rivers to paddle than time in just one week. The amazing wonders of the Oriente are not just on the river, so we make it a point to take time for side trips!
We are always on the hunt for new, super cool side trips. And this year we found the coolest side trip ever! The Cuevas de los Tayos.
So take time out for a paddling vacation with us that includes exploring new rivers, new cultures, and just enjoying a Vacation!! Check out all we have to offer for ideas that can create your definition of a vacation….