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Rafting Tours in Ecuador - Headwaters Run - 2 Days

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Headwaters Run - 2 Days

Duration: 2 Days / 1 Night
Level of difficulty: Challenging
River Grading:  IV-IV+


The Quijos is set to become Ecuador’s premier whitewater trip with mile after mile of class IV-IV+ rapids and spectacular jungle scenery. Expect to run more whitewater in a day than you’d do in a week elsewhere. This trip is for experienced rafters that are confident swimmers.

What to bring: For on the river: swimsuit/shorts spray jacket, tennis shoes/river sandals, sunglasses (with retention strap), baseball cap, sunscreen, insect repellent. For off the river: dry change of clothes (long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a light jumper), shoes/boots, personal items (i.e. Toiletries / medication).

Please note: Tour may be shared with other groups.

Rafting Tours in Ecuador - Headwaters Run - 2 Days
Rafting Tours in Ecuador - Headwaters Run - 2 Days
Rafting Tours in Ecuador - Headwaters Run - 2 Days


Day 1 Depart  from designated meeting point. Drive to Baeza. On arrival you'll be issued with life jackets and helmets. After a short drive to the put-in the Trip Leader will give a thorough safety briefing and conduct a swim test. Then you’ll split into groups for an intensive in-boat paddle practice with your guide. Once we set off we’re straight into the action but with some easier rapids to warm up. Along the way we’ll stop for a riverside picnic lunch. In the afternoon we’ll raft through the first canyons of the Quijos running big, technical rapids including “El Toro” and the spectacular Linares canyon. At the end of the day we pull the boats into shore and take a short ten-minute walk up to the lodge where we have a good meal waiting for us. O/n lodge. (L, D).

Day 2 After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast we'll head back to the river for a lot more whitewater action. Today you should be prepared for one of the most exciting days of your life. And to top it off you’ll be doing it all in one of the most beautiful parts of Ecuador. This river is set to become a legend. From the take-out we’ll head back to Quito stopping at Papallacta Hot Springs for a well-earned soak in the volcanically heated mineral waters. Arrive approx. 8pm. (B, L).

Prices per person 2014: $353 per person (min 4 pax)

The Price includes:

  • Professional guides
  • Expert safety kayaker for every two boats
  • All rafting equipment
  • Transport
  • Meals as stated

Does not includes:

  • Additional drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Entry to Papallacta Hot Springs
Departures: October to February with a minimum of 4 people.
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