Amazon River Anzu Jatunyacu, 3days/2nights, private
From Quito the road leads through hot springs, dropping eastward to where the Amazon Basin opens up in breath-taking views. Pleasant riverfront dinner prepares you for rafting training in the jungle. Brace yourselves for exhilarating white water rides and glimpses of natives panning the river for gold.
Our most popular jungle trip consists of three unforgettable days in the Amazon Rain Forest. Explore the Amazon cultures, walk in the jungle, swim in natural river pools and raft down scenic jungle rivers.
To the Amazon:
Depart from Quito to the magical Papallacta Hot Springs. Continue driving eastward on the scenic road that drops to the Amazonian town of Tena, the traditional home of many Quichua tribes. Arrive at Cotococha Amazon Lodge, on the banks of the Napo River, and enjoy a riverfront dinner.
Anzu River Rafting (II+):
After breakfast, warm up with a run on the Anzu River. This relaxing class II+ river is great for your first day in the jungle. Learn about the local culture and how to raft as a team while enjoying great jungle views. Picnic lunch will be served on a small beach. Overnight at the Cotococha Amazon Lodge.
Jatunyacu Rafting (III - III+):
Today start with a short hike in Llanganates National Park to sun-drenched natural swimming pools where your can relax prior to rafting down the class III Jatunyacu (from the Quechua "Big River") exciting white water river. Paddle through the fun Pimpilala, Guides Revenge and Boulder Garden Rapids that combine with pools of still water, where a dip makes a refreshing break. Beautiful Amazon jungle scenery and local Indians panning for gold add to your adventure. In the afternoon, return to Quito.
- Professional rafting equipment, life jacket, helmet
- Accommodations and meals as described
- Private transportation
- Hotel or jungle lodge
- Certified/bilingual guides
- Supplements: Deluxe hotel
- Travel Time: 4 hours each way from Quito to Tena
- Rafting Time: 4-5 hours depending on water level each day
- Season: Year-round, except June
- Level: Moderate to Challenging (Class II to III+)
- Altitude: 2,460 to 1,378 feet (750. to 420 meters).
- Average Temperature: Day 64-93° F/18-34 ºC
- Average Temperature: Night 55-63° F/13-17 ºC
- Suggested: Water sandals, sun block and insect repellent
||Rates per Person (US$)
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Adventure tours at Ecuador
If you have a zest for life, a yen for adventure, a taste for the unseen and an eye for color and beauty, Ecuador will instantly enchant you. Because of its location on the Equator and the Andes mountain ranges, Ecuador has no real seasons and it receives the most amount of sunlight in the planet. Ecuador's unique climate allows for year-round operation of outdoor adventure programs.
Ecuador's largest ecotourism operator, Metropolitan Touring, offers Active Travel Adventures to explore "off the beaten path" of Ecuador's many natural wonders. Under the expert supervision of experienced guides you visit remote and unspoiled places. Our policy is conservation of nature, as well as of the traditional cultures. Our programs are respectful of the environment, its inhabitants, their traditions and way of life. We wish to provide our guests with out-of-the-ordinary experiences, with an understanding of the region and an unforgettable vacation.
Trek and Hike through National Parks and Reserves, large Haciendas and Indian communities. Treks descend from the Highlands to the sub-tropical Cloud Forest, along amazing gorge trails and the awe-inspiring Avenue of the Volcanoes. Camp will be set up each night with freshly prepared meals and deluxe camping equipment. Few experiences compare with biking along secondary roads of the serene Andes Highlands. By Bike, enjoy a close contact with nature and genuine interactions with the local people. Overnights are spent at historical Haciendas, cozy inns or camping in tents under the magical skies of the Southern Hemisphere. The impressive flanks of the Andean range are the origin of spectacular rivers and canyons that empty into the Amazon Basin and Coastal regions.
Adventurous spirits will enjoy Rafting and Kayaking with the opportunity to paddle the crater-lake of Cuicocha and exceptional tropical white water. Programs are available with various degrees of difficulty to suit every skill level.