Kayaking in Ecuador
Kayaking in Ecuador is all about the culture, the lodge, the rivers, the guides, the experience!
Ecuador consists of the towering Andes, snow capped volcanoes, jungle birds and animals, expanses of Amazon jungle, the Pacific Coast and the Galapagos Islands. Visit just once and you will embrace the theme #allyouneedisecuador. The rivers of Ecuador are what initially brought us to this beautiful country, but it is the people and the scenery of this favorite destination that have kept us here all these years.
You will paddle more continuous whitewater in a week than one can usually do in a year’s worth of boating.
We’ve been sharing Ecuador with the paddling community for 20+ years and it just keeps getting better!
Kayaking and rafting in Ecuador allows you to experience a place that is still remote and untouched in spirit. The rivers in Ecuador are nothing less than remarkable. The paddling in Ecuador compliments our Costa Rica trips in the diversity of rivers to be boated at all skill levels. Similar to Costa Rica, Ecuador paddling is done in more rural, jungle, rain-forest environments.
From Class III to Class IV+, the rivers vary from steep, technical runs similar to rivers found in the southeast US, to big water runs full of surf waves and play holes. On some days you will be in a dry top, on others just a short sleeve paddling jacket to avoid the sun! Not sure which level trip is right for you? Check out our Which Trip is Right For You Help Page.
Ecuador 2020/2021 Trip Schedule
We are planning on running our trips for the 2020-2021 season. Please note that we have cancelled trips that are scheduled over holidays to discourage travel during peak travel times. We will be following a very strict COVID protocol based off the Ecuadorian Government’s executive orders (which are being routinely updated) and our own recommended protocols. A negative COVID test is currently required of all in-bound tourists. In addition, we will be doing daily temperature checks during the trips. Any one of our travelers who tests positive, displays symptoms of COVID, or is living with/exposed to an individual with COVID will be given a full refund and will not join the trip.
Family Fun Week of Rivers
Nov 20 – Nov 28, 2020
Steeping It Up: Class III-IV
Nov 27 – Dec 05, 2020
Class II-III Ecuador Fun
Dec 04 – Dec 12, 2020
On the Fence: Class III-IV/IV
Class III-IV with IV options
Dec 11 – Dec 19 2020
Holiday Paddling Trip
Dec 18 – Dec 26, 2020
New Years Eve Trip
Dec 25, 2020 – Jan 02, 2021
Class III/Class III-IV Combo
Jan 01 – Jan 09, 2021
One The Fence: Class III-IV/IV
Class III-IV with IV options
Jan 08 – Jan 16, 2021
Creek/River Running Class IV
Jan 15 – Jan 23, 2021
Class III-IV Creek/River Running Combo
Jan 22 – Jan 30, 2021
Class IV: Creek/Big Water Fun
Jan 29 – Feb 06, 2021
Feb 05 – Feb 13, 2021
Any week is available for a custom trip, regardless of the published class.
If you have a group of 6-8 that wants to enjoy Ecuador together you may select any of the published trip dates available for a custom trip.
Looking to improve specific river skills?
Our international guides are also some of the most experienced kayak instructors in the industry.
On top of that, Ecuador is the perfect place to improve your overall skills during a week of paddling.
Take the opportunity to focus on any or all of the following:
- Improving your boof
- Honing you creek running skills
- Big water maneuvering and boofing
- Improving your roll on both sides and the art directional rolling
- Or just kick back and have fun running new rivers for a week.
Because of varying water levels that cannot be anticipated in advance, we prefer to not guarantee you any specific river or type of paddling.
That is the fun of Ecuador – come prepared for everything.
The 9-day trip: $1695.00.
Any 2-week combination: $3240.00
For groups of five or more, count on a $100/person discount.
Looking for a custom trip? Pick any week that is currently available, regardless of the trip designation and we will make it yours. There is a six person minimum to block out a custom trip.
Trip price is based on double occupancy. A $350.00 deposit is necessary to hold your space for this trip, with the full balance due no later than November 1. If you would prefer guaranteed single occupancy for the week, you may do so at a prorated cost. We cannot guarantee single occupancy every night but we will work to accommodate you.
What you can count on during your trip
Six amazing paddling days on the beautiful rivers of Ecuador.
Time off-river. Experience the culture and scenery of Ecuador! Paddling is the focus of our trip, but we also spend time immersing you in the culture of this amazing country.
Enjoy an additional day in Quito exploring the Mitad del Mundo or Old Town and shopping at the market for Ecuador’s fabulous hand-made crafts that make the perfect gifts to take back home.
Accommodations. We will pick you up at the Quito Airport and take care of your in-country accommodations from Friday, your first night, through the following Friday night with us, for a total of eight night’s accommodations.
Food. All your in-country meals – from Saturday morning to your last night with us. We have a selection of favorite restaurants. And when an option, you order off the menu.
Transportation. In-country private transportation with Angel, who has been with us for 20+ years.
Your Kayak. Our extensive fleet of boats steer more towards river runner/creek boats, but also include river running playboats.
Guides. with 20+ years’ experience on the rivers of Ecuador, our hand-picked guides understand fluctuating water levels, flexibility, and support.
Proof. You will finish up your trip with a complete set of photos of your trip. Already getting excited? Enjoy previous trips’ photos to vicariously experience your trip.
Looking to improve specific river skills? During every trip, we offer you the opportunity to improve your overall skills. Our international guides are also some of the most experienced kayak instructors in the industry. Ecuador is the perfect place to focus on any or all of the following all in one week:
- Creek running skills
- Improving your boof
- Big water maneuvering and boofing
- Improving your roll on both sides
- Directional rolling
Not included in your trip price is airfare, airport taxes, adult beverages during the trip, snacks, miscellaneous tips and your taxi ride to the airport on your way home.
Flights should be arranged into Quito, Ecuador. You should plan on arriving Friday afternoon/evening for the paddling part of your trip. Do not be deterred by late arrivals into Quito, that is very typical. Included in your trip are accommodations from Friday night through the following Friday night. Departure can be planned for any time after 8PM on that following Friday. We encourage you to take extra days to explore Ecuador, as there is so much more to the country than we can offer in one week of paddling. You will need a valid passport. The passport must have an expiration date of greater than six months after your return date.
Our Ecolodge Base in Ecuador
The RioQuijos EcoLodge: the darling of the Quijos Valley. Our eco-lodge is nestled on the Quijos River. Surrounded by 40 acres of nature, you will go to sleep to the sound of the river and wake to the sound of a collection of extraordinary birds. Our private beach is the perfect launch spot for kayaking and rafting, as well as our yoga center.
Whether you need a break from the fast pace of Quito, or are looking to explore the Oriente of Ecuador during your visit, the lodge is a perfect destination for enjoying the beauty of the Quijos Valley.
We have a commitment to Ecuador since 1995, with trips that will exceed your expectations. So what is it that makes our trips stand out?
With trip dates scheduled for the prime boating season in Ecuador, we strive to make sure that your paddling time is maximized, as is your opportunity to see local off-river sites and immersion in the local culture. And this does not stop with river logistics. We help you with more than just an amazing kayak trip. Mountain biking, climbing, fishing, hiking, bird watching, the Galapagos and more, there is so much to do in Ecuador!
You will spend time at the RioQuijos EcoLodge and Reserve. The landmark eco-lodge of the Oriente, with land registered with the “media ambiente” for conservation. Imagine a put-in where you can walk down to the river, or back up from the river, right to your lodge! There is no better location in the Oriente.
Renowned kayak instructors trusted guides and just good people to hang out with. We have a remarkable depth of experience from working in multiple countries, including Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Panama, and Ecuador. And in our own time, we are out pushing our own envelopes. Our guides are in their boats, backing you up on the water. We add an additional guide to collect photos of your trip for you.
Our driver, Angel, is hands-down the best driver in country. We cannot place a high enough value on the need for a trustworthy and reliable driver and partner. Angel has the best/most dependable kayak vehicle there is in Ecuador.
Our commitment to developing partnerships with the hotels, guides, restaurants, panaderias, shops, and even local politicians over 20+ years so that there is an understanding at the local level of the value of whitewater tourism. In addition we support local environmental initiatives, paddling clubs and river rallies to help build a strong local paddling community
We will run a better value trip than you could do on your own in one action-packed week. Your trip price includes all lodging, meals, equipment, in-country transportation and trip-related expenses, from the first evening of your trip to the last evening. There are no surprise expenses: you stay in quality hotels, order off the menu in restaurants, and enjoy more than just kayaking while you are in country.
Make Your Reservation
We understand choosing an international destination is an exciting and can be overwhelming. We WANT to speak with you about it. Please call with any questions you have regarding an international kayaking experience as we would love to speak about you about some of our favorite places on earth.
Have a group of friends that you want to share a week with? Custom groups are welcome. We offer custom itineraries for rafting, kayaking, cultural exploration and more. Ecuador and Costa Rica are treasure chests for international travel and we want to help you make the most of your trip.
For all our trips, a deposit is required at the time you make your reservation. Due dates for trip balances depends on the dates of your trip. Please be prepared to pay by check, Visa, MC, Discover or American Express.
There is a cancellation policy in line with each trip itinerary. We highly recommend that you look into trip insurance as last minute accidents/changes/life demands sometimes do happen and we cannot refund your trip after the cancellation date.