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Rafting the Headwaters of The Amazon, 8 Days

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Days: 8
Effort: Moderate - Challenging (Class III+ to IV+)


Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Indigenous Encounters, Hiking, Bird Watching, Swimming, Hot Springs

Rafting the Headwaters of The Amazon, 8 Days

Big rapids, big wilderness and big excitement are what we discover while rafting the headwaters of the mighty Amazon River. For those who can’t get enough of the rush of white water, this trip takes you down the best selection of Class IV rivers in Ecuador. The Upano, Quijos, Jondachi-Hollin, and Jatunyacu offer unforgettable whitewater amongst breathtaking cloud forest and Amazon jungle scenery. This unique trip also includes extended cultural encounters with Shuar Indians (the famous head-shrinkers of the Amazon), therapeutic hotsprings, wildlife encounters, and a trip to the largest indigenous market in the Americas!

Trip Highlights

  • Run four of Ecuador’s top rivers in this ultimate rafting adventure.
  • Paddle through remote and pristine jungle and cloud forest settings.
  • Learn about warrior culture and head-shrinking rituals from Shuar Indians.
  • Experience shaman medicine and traditional rites of the Kichwa Indians.
  • Enjoy bird watching, hiking, and wildlife encounters in the depths of the Amazon.
  • Relax at a rejuvenating natural hot springs resort nestled in a cloud forest.
  • Bargain for handicrafts at Otavalo, the largest indigenous market in the Americas.
  • Support raft and kayakers ensure safety and provide great riverside service.

Itinerary

DAY 1: TRANSFER TO MACAS & RAFT THE UPPER UPANO

DAYS 2 & 3: RAFT IN THE GORGE OF SACRED WATERFALLS

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO TENA & SHIRIPUNO COMMUNITY VISIT

DAY 5: RAFT THE JATUNYACU

DAY 6: RAFT THE JONDACHI-HOLLIN

DAY 7: RAFT THE QUIJOS & PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

DAY 8: HOT SPRINGS & OTAVALO MARKET

INCLUDED

Accommodations in jungle lodges and Papallacta Hot Springs Resort & Spa; private ground transportation; all camping gear including sleeping bags, kitchen, social and bathroom tents; all meals as described; all rafting and safety equipment; professional certified bilingual rafting and naturalists guide(s)

NOT INCLUDED

Hotel and restaurant beverages, and tips

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
RAFTING TIME: 3-6 hours per day, depending on water level
SEASON: November to March
ALTITUDE: 1,600 to 10,000 feet (500 to 3,000 meters)
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE – CLOUD FOREST: DAY 60-86ºF / 16-30ºC
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE – AMAZON: DAY 68-95ºF / 20-35ºC, NIGHT 64-71ºF / 18-22ºC
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK:  River trunks, thermal layer, water sandals, cap, flashlight, waterproof sunblock, and mosquito repellent.
WHITEWATER CLASSIFICATION: Class I – easy, Class II – novice, Class III – intermediate, Class IV – advanced, Class V – expert

Equipment
During the camping portions of the trip, we use the following equipment: Eureka & Northface tents, top-of-the-line rafts and kayaks, a portable toilet, lifejackets, dry bags, splash jackets.

Safety
Guides are WFR (Wilderness First Responder) certified. We use a complete first aid kid, including an anti-snakebite suction cup. We use GPS equipment for exact positioning, as well as SPOT satellite rescue system for emergency communications where cell phones don’t work. Our contingency plan includes a helicopter emergency evacuation service (cost is additional, but could be reimbursed by your travelers’ or health insurance).

About the food
The majority of the food is brought in from Quito, including drinking water. During the trip, we offer gourmet and local foods freshly cooked by our staff. Breakfast includes granola, fresh fruit, whole wheat bread, fresh coffee or tea, cereal, marmalade, pancakes or french toast, yogurt, and eggs of your choice. Box & picnic lunches include a variety of sandwiches, fruits, cheeses, dried fruits, juices, and fresh vegetables. Dinner includes fresh soups, pastas, local