Ecuador is a whitewater paradise. Warm waters, tropical rainforest and dozens of accessible rivers concentrated in such a small area have made the country a 'hotspot' for rafters and kayakers the world over.
In Ecuador kayakers find their biggest problem is choosing which of the dozens of enticing rivers to run in the time they have available.
Paddlers can run the adventure of a life time on the thundering rapids of big volume Amazon tributaries and steep upper Andean creeks.
The Equatorial region receives the highest concentration of rain in the world. The Andean cordillera straddles Ecuador building impressive eastern and western flanks; the origin of the spectacular rivers and canyons that empty into the Amazon Basin and coastal regions. Drifting down jungle valleys, warm tropical rivers create dozens of distinct opportunities to paddle in Ecuador . Single and multi-day excursions and expeditions, suit a variety of destinations based on physical effort and skill.
Kayak expeditions are an exceptional way to reach hidden hotspots. Experience the remotest and most unspoiled wildlife reserves; hidden lagoons come alive filled with birds and mammals, and close-up encounters with indigenous communities, such as the Huoarani, who will share with you the millenary secrets of jungle life. The Galapagos Islands are another great place to Kayak amongst sea lions and white tipped reef sharks, entering grottos and mangrove forests inside hidden bays.
The most popular kayaking routes and locations in Ecuador are:
- Cuicocha Crater Lake, in the northern Andes
- Huoarani Kayak Expedition, in the Amazon basin
- Esmeraldas Coast , Coastal lowlands and Choco Darien gap
- In search of Humpback whales (Machalilla National Park), Pacific ocean
- Galapagos Islands, Pacific ocean 600 miles from the continent
- Panacocha Kayaking Expedition , Amazon rainforest basin
There are many new routes to discover and rivers to run, lakes to explore... Come to Ecuador and discover nature on a Kayak.