Rafting in Ecuador
Rafting is Year-Round in Ecuador
Our week long whitewater rafting vacations 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. From Class III to Class IV+, the rivers vary from technical runs similar to rivers found in the southeast US, to big water runs full of great wave trains.
We offer a whitewater rafting vacation in Ecuador that will wow you from start to finish. Our basecamp is the RioQuijos EcoLodge, a multi-sport ecolodge on the banks of the Quijos River. Just 2-½ hours from Quito, the lodge is the perfect destination for multi-sport adventures, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and cultural immersion, as well as the opportunity to recharge and revitalize yourself in nature.
We feature a 9-day, all-inclusive whitewater rafting package for those who enjoy white water rafting and are ready for a week-long adventure in Ecuador. In addition, we offer year-round single-day and multi-day whitewater rafting options based out of the RioQuijos EcoLodge.
About the Rivers of Ecuador
Falling off the eastern slope of the Andes is some of the most continuous Class III-IV whitewater to be found in South America. The Quijos River offers 45 kilometers of Class III-IV whitewater, divided up into several sections. All the sections of river are day trips and after each day of whitewater rafting, you will return to the lodge for delicious cuisine, relaxation and a good nights sleep. As if the Quijos River was not enough for any whitewater enthusiast, we also travel to the Tena region for additional whitewater options.
And there is so much more
From rafting on the Quijos River to horseback riding up pristine valleys, daily yoga in our riverside yoga platform, bird watching, waterfall hikes and cultural immersion, our trip offers you the ideal way to explore, be active and relax all on the same adventure. Our daily schedule is flexible so that you can choose to do your favorite outdoor activities (or not!) to your heart’s content. We entertain a broad spectrum of ages and appetites for adventure and adrenaline.
It 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.
Ecuador 2020 Rafting Schedule
January 3-11, 2020
February 7-15, 2020
Or call for custom dates
The 9-Day Week of Rafting Trip is $1695.00
- A $350.00 deposit is necessary to hold your space for this trip,
- The full balance due no later than December 1.
- Trip price is based on double occupancy.
- If you would prefer guaranteed single occupancy for the week, you may do so at a prorated cost.
What you can count on during your trip
Six amazing rafting 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.