Rafting Tour Add-On - Jatunyacu River Class III - 2-Days/1-Night
Jatunyacu means "Big Water" in Kichwa. "Big" is probably the best word to describe this river - Big Waves and Big Fun! This is a great trip for both beginners and experts alike and offers the perfect combination of exciting rapids, calm pools and fabulous jungle scenery. Being the headwaters of one of the two rivers that form the mighty Amazon River, this is a rafting adventure that should not be passed up!
Leave Yachana after lunch and take a canoe upriver 20-minutes to the community of Los Ríos. From there you will travel for approximately two hours to Tena, capital of the Napo province, in a private vehicle. Along the way you will pass through several Kichwa communities and have the opportunity to observe the people going about their daily lives.
Your driver will drop you off at your hostel/hotel and you have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore this quaint, jungle town.
After breakfast you will be picked up at 8:30 AM at Café Tortuga located close to the pedestrian bridge on the river’s edge.
You’ll then head out into the jungle for about 45-minutes to the put-in site near the village of Cando.
Before setting off you will be fitted with a life jacket and helmet, given a comprehensive safety briefing, be introduced you to your guide, and then train with your team in the paddling techniques needed to navigate your way down the river. Once ready the boat will push off from shore and within moments you will find yourself being drenched in the first rapids, Pimpilala being one of the biggest.
After this first shot of adrenaline the fun continues as you crash through walls of whitewater, explore a hidden canyon, drift silently along sheer river cliffs, and take a swim in the refreshing waters.
During the trip you’ll stop on an expansive beach by the side of the river for a delicious picnic lunch that includes fresh tropical fruits and is served with soft drinks, juice and water.
At the end of the trip, celebrate a great day out with a few ice-cold beers or sodas. The drive from the take-out back to Tena takes about ten minutes.
Arrival time is approximately 4:00 PM but may be earlier or later depending on the river level.
At 5:00 PM depart Tena to return to Quito.