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Go river rafting in the Ecuadorian jungle

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Go white-water river rafting in the headwaters of the Amazon in Ecuador's Oriente. 

Tena, a busy river port founded in 1560 by the Spanish in an area devoted to cattle raising and the cultivation of bananas and coffee , is now the capital of white water rafting in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This is an experience which should not be missed. Rafters have the opportunity to tackle the headwaters of one of two rivers which flow down into their confluence in the Amazon, Rio Jatunyacu (‘big water’ in Quichua).

This is a great trip for both beginners and experts alike - fully guided by expert river runners, you embark on an exciting ride on the waves. You get the perfect combination of frothy rapids, calm pools, and fabulous jungle scenery.

Following a briefing and geared up with safety equipment, you set off in your inflatable raft, gliding and crashing down to a beach where you can swim in crystal clear water. Pull in at another river beach for a buffet lunch.  

Activity Rating: moderate

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands
Andes to Amazon

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  • Carrie Gallagher
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Consultant

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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