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Sacred Waterfalls Rafting Expedition, 5 Days

Contact us for Sacred Waterfalls Rafting Expedition, 5 Days
Days: 5
Effort: Challenging (Class IV to IV+)


Activities: Whitewater Rafting, Indigenous Encounters, Hiking, Bird Watching

Sacred Waterfalls Rafting Expedition, 5 Days

Breathtaking Amazon jungle scenery, indigenous cultural encounters, and plenty of white water and class IV and IV+ rapids are waiting for you on the Upano River, also known as “The Gorge of Sacred Waterfalls”! For experienced rafters who enjoy the rush of white water, this trip takes you down the best multi-day class IV river in Ecuador. Our unique trip also includes cultural encounters with the Shuar indigenous people – the famous head-shrinkers of the Amazon. This is absolutely the best multi-day rafting run in all of Ecuador!

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Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful scenery and towering canyon walls in “The Gorge of Sacred Waterfalls”.
  • Remote indigenous area with exhilarating Class IV to IV+ rapids.
  • Learn about warrior culture and head-shrinking rituals from Shuar Indians.
  • Enjoy bird watching, hiking, and wildlife encounters in the depths of the Amazon.
  • Support raft and kayakers ensure safety and provide great riverside service.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: TRANSFER FROM QUITO TO MACAS

DAY 2: RAFT THE UPPER UPANO & SHUAR COMMUNITY VISIT

DAYS 3 & 4: RAFT THE GORGE OF SACRED WATERFALLS

DAY 5: TRANSFER FROM MACAS TO QUITO

 

INCLUDED

Private ground transportation; all camping gear including sleeping bags, kitchen, social and bathroom tents; all meals as described; all rafting and safety equipment;  jungle lodge accommodations; professional certified bilingual rafting and nature guide(s).

NOT INCLUDED

Hotel and restaurant beverages, tips

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
RAFTING TIME: 5-7 hours daily, depending on water level
SEASON: December to March
ALTITUDE: 1,600 to 7,500 feet (500 to 2,300 meters)
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE – AMAZON: DAY 68-95ºF / 20-35ºC, NIGHT 64-71ºF / 18-22ºC
SUGGESTED ITEMS TO PACK: Water sandals, flashlight, sunblock, and mosquito repellent
WHITEWATER CLASSIFICATION: Class I – easy, Class II – novice, Class III – intermediate, Class IV – advanced, Class V – expert

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Equipment
During the camping portions of the trip, we use the following equipment: a portable toilet, solar showers, biodegradable soap, Eureka & Northface tents, Hyside and Avon rafts, lifejackets, dry bags, and rubber (Wellington) boots.

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 dishes, rice, beans, plantains, yucca, meats, fish, mashed potatoes, fresh salads and vegetables, complemented with wine, water, and/or juice. We recycle and transport out all non-organic garbage.

About this Tour
Campsites may vary based on weather conditions. Although we attempt to stick to the itinerary, changes may occur due to weather and river conditions, health or other variables. Alternate river runs are available and may be substituted for those on the itinerary due to river water levels. Being flexible will allow you to get the most from your experience.

**PLEASE NOTE** This itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions and river water levels. Security is always our main concern. Due to flooding or other sudden changes in water levels, we are always prepared to change or our itineraries to other rivers.