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Toachi and Blanco  River Rafting, 1 Day

Contact us for Toachi and Blanco  River Rafting, 1 Day
Days: 1
Effort: Moderate (Class III-III+)


Activities: River Rafting

Toachi and Blanco  River Rafting, 1 Day

These rivers are born high in the Andean volcanoes and thunder their way westwards to the tropical rainforest of Ecuador´s coast. The Toachi flows within a spectacular gorge with high lush-green walls. As we exit the gorge the Toachi merges into the Blanco, where water flow increases to produce continuously exhilarating white-capped rapids. The combinations of these two rivers provide the best tropical water rafting west of the Andes year-round!

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Trip Highlights

  • Descend to the put-in on a scenic mountain road through the Andes.
  • Enjoy 20 kilometers of the best whitewater west of the Andes.
  • Take in beautiful tropical surroundings and learn about the local ecosystem.
  • Observe native wildlife like egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, and the southern river otter.
  • Support raft and kayakers ensure safety and provide great riverside service.

 

Itinerary

Our whitewater adventure begins with an early start as we depart from Quito at 7:00am and head toward the coast. We enjoy a scenic drive, descending a steep mountain road with beautiful Andean scenery all the way down to 500 meters of elevation, where we reach our put-in. After a short safety briefing and instructional session, we hop in our rafts and take to the water. The first section of the Toachi is wide and moderate, with scattered Class III rapids. Here we get comfortable paddling as a team and have the chance to take in the tropical scenery along the banks. Once the Toachi merges with the Blanco, water volume abruptly increases and the rapids become more serious, with big waves and much higher speed. We run a total of around 20 km of excellent whitewater. During calm stretches, our guide teaches us about the tropical forest ecosystem, and we keep an eye out for egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, and river otters. After reaching the take-out, we sit down to a healthy and delicious riverside picnic lunch. We arrive back in Quito in the late afternoon.

INCLUDED: Private transportation, professional rafting equipment, personal safety gear, wholesome lunch and snacks, and American Canoe Association (ACA) certified raft guides.

NOT INCLUDED: Hotel and restaurant beverages, tips or gratuities.