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Ecuador Itineraries

Class IV- through Expert Daily Schedule
Class III+ Introduction to Ecuador

Class III+ Introduction to Ecuador

Day 1 - Most folks arrive late evening. We will help make reservations and airport transfer to and from our quiet hotel located near the new airport outside Quito.

Day 2 - At 8 a.m. we'll sit down to a hearty breakfast, pack up, then head to the Oriente. Our drive takes us over the 13,400 ft pass of Vulcan Antisana, the headwater for our northern Amazonian rivers. We'll settle in to our private lodge, outfit boats and paddle a warm-up stretch of the Rio Quijos. You know your vacation has begun as we paddle through cloud forests and remote farmlands. Afterward, we'll settle into our lazy, little dairy community that sits one mile high. In beautiful surroundings, all our lodging provides us with firm beds, hot showers and great views.

Day 3-5 - The exact itinerary will depend on water levels and abilities of the group. We'll also drive through the Guacamayo Mountains and drop down to 1800 ft to paddle the tropical jungle rivers in our shorties! In addition to the Rio Quijos, other rivers we may run include the Jatunyacu, the lower Jondachi, and stretches of the Misahualli and the Cosanga. We will repeat runs and focus on improving skills, water reading, and playing!

Day 6 - We'll offer a river option. If you prefer, you can take a half or whole day off to rest those paddling muscles. Options* include exploring the jungle surrounding our remote riverside lodge, a motorized dugout trip down the Napo (headwaters of the Amazon basin) or kicking back to read, or bird watch at the lodge.
*If you choose this option the cost is not included in price of trip.

Day 7-8 - These are two more days where we might hit a new run or repeat a favorite. If water levels are high we'll spend our last day in the lazy mountain town of Papallacta where we'll soak in the recuperative hot water springs. That evening we'll celebrate with a farewell dinner.

Day 9 - We'll help arrange your shuttle to the airport for your return trip home or wherever the next leg of your adventure takes you.

Because the rivers rise so quickly with some rains, a Class 3+ can turn into hard Class 4 overnight. We need to be ready to take advantage of whatever Ecuador tosses our way. If river levels are good, we'll boat! If they are too high then we'll explore remote and fascinating aspects of this incredible country.

"Thanks for one of the BEST organized trips I have ever been a part of. No wonder you have so many return guests."

- Peter Palmer, CANADA

Class IV- through Class 4+ Daily Schedule

After a great day of kayaking there's time to chill or interact with the community, then enjoy a hot shower and delicious dinner before getting a comfortable night's sleep.

Day 1 - Most folks arrive late evening. We will help make reservations and airport transfer to and from our quiet hotel located near the new airport outside Quito.

Day 2 - At 8 a.m. we'll sit down to a hearty breakfast then pack up and head to the Oriente. Our two and a half hour drive takes us over the 13,400 ft pass of Volcan Antisana, the headwater for our northern Amazonian rivers. We'll get the boats outfitted and do a warm-up section of the Rio Quijos. You know your vacation has begun as we paddle through cloud forests and remote farmlands. Afterward, we'll settle into our lazy, little dairy community that sits one mile high.

Day 3-5 - Each itinerary is tailored to the ability level and interests of each group. We'll take advantage of the best water levels and paddle our favorite runs. Traveling south we'll descend to 1,800 ft to paddle the tropical jungle rivers around Tena in shorties! Our nights are spent in a quiet, riverside hotel.

Day 6 - We have a river option or you can take time off to rest your paddling muscles and explore the jungle surrounding our remote lodge at the headwaters of the Amazon basin.

Day 7-8 - These are two more days of great boating where we might hit some new runs or repeat some favorites. At last we return to our lodging near the airport and celebrate with a farewell dinner.

Day 9 - We'll help arrange your shuttle to the airport for your return trip home or wherever the next leg of your adventure takes you.

"Fantastic! Truly unique, beautiful accommodations with home cookin' and killer paddling. Through it all the DeRiemer's guide, inform, and help you take your paddling to the next level."

- Dave Phillips, WA

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