Your source for paddle sports information in Ecuador
Where it all began...
Ecuador is a country
about the size of Colorado, located along the earth's equatorial band
on the western edge of the South American continent and bordered by Colombia
to the North, and Peru to the South and East. About 16 million people
live in Ecuador and 17 indigenous ethnic groups are represented.
The Andean Cordillera divides the country between the Pacific Coast region and the Amazon region. This uplifted chain of snow-capped volcano peaks gives rise to the varied climate zones which form distinct habitats for the wealth of plants and animals found in the country.
Ecuador has the greatest biodiversity of any country in the world in relation to its size. Over 15,000 types of vascular plants, more than 1,600 species of birds, 1750 freshwater fish, 413 species of amphibians, 374 reptiles, and 324 mammals have been documented in Ecuador. Close to 80% of the biodiversity in the country is found in the Amazon region, which is the least populated and undeveloped part of Ecuador.
The cultural and biological megadiversity represented in Ecuador make the country an important world heritage site, as well as an exceptional destination for year-round whitewater kayaking and rafting. Most rivers are fed by rainfall, and the Ecuadorian Amazon receives up to 20 feet of precipitation each year, so there is no shortage of water.
Since 1999, Ecuador uses the US Dollar (USD) as its official currency. ATM machines can be used to withdraw cash from major bank networks at larger cities in the country. Internet service is widespread, but often has low-bandwidth with slower connection times. Electrical service is reliable and follows the US-standard of 110 AC/60 Hz. If you are coming from Europe, you will need to have plug adapters that work in the United States.
flights from the USA to Quito make travel connections convenient and economical.
Free, 90-day Tourist Visas are granted to visitors from most countries
upon entry, with passports valid for at least 6 months.
Traditionally, most of the rafting and kayaking activity has centered around Tena, a small town and paddling mecca in the Amazon region about 5 hours southeast of Quito. Tena is located in the heart of the Napo watershed, and is within an hour's drive of more than 20 paddling trips on over a dozen different rivers for every skill level including the Piatua, Jondachi, Hollín, Misahuallí, Inchillaqui, Tena, Pano, Calmitoyacu, Napo, Anzu, Pusuno, and Arajuno Rivers.
Valley is another major paddling "hub" on the Amazon side. The
town of Baeza is located mid way between Quito and Tena,
and offers a variety of dining and lodging services. The Quijos, Papallacta,
Cosanga, Oyacachi, Salado, Dúe, and Coca Rivers cater mostly to the advanced
and expert-level paddlers.
Macas and Sucua are other favored destinations for paddling rivers that are off the beaten track in the heart of the Upano River Basin. The Upano, Yukipa, Seipa, Tutanangosa, and the Namangoza Gorge offer sections for nearly all levels and abilities.
western slope of the Andes, most paddlers base out of Santo Domingo
de los Tsachilas, where all the runs in the Mulaute, Blanco and Baba
river basins are easily accessible.
ECUADOR started in 1997 as a mission to explore and document all of the
unique and exceptional whitewater river resources in Ecuador, with an interest
to share that information with fellow paddling enthusiasts, and to promote
Ecuador as a global paddle sports tourism destination.
Along the way, KAYAK
ECUADOR evolved into a platform for the organization of the first whitewater
river competitions and river festival events in the country, and led to
the formation of the Ecuadorian
Rivers Institute (ERI) and the Fundación
Río Napo (FRN), which are leading river conservation
organizations that represent and defend the interests of recreational
river users and work to protect and conserve unique whitewater river resources
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