We have it all when we talk about rivers and whitewater... the high concentration of rivers in such a small area with the extreme geografia makes of Ecuador the white water capital of the world, considered one of the top 5 world's best whitewater kayaking destinations. Everyone has fun here from beginners to pro's, you decide how much fun and how big you want to go. In general you will find continuous whitewater, pristine, clean, round boulder gardens with endless fun and boofs. There are so many rivers to choose from once you are down here it's just amazing and all depends on the amount of precipitation. We are usually more concerned about having too much H2O!!
The Quijos Valley at 6000 feet (1800 m) above sea level keeps good water levels for most of the year and makes it a most visit spot. Tena is only 2 hours away south east dropping into the tropical jungle to 1500 feet (600m) where water is warm and weather is HOT.
Baños has a lot of good steep creeking.
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Rio Quijos, Class III-IV-V
Steep quality creeking, soon to be diverted and de-water for hidroelectric and drinking water for Quito.
30 minutes uphill from Baeza on the way to Quito, is the town of Cuyuja, there is easy access to the river and a gage just downstream of the bridge. (river right). I've run this down to is lowest but I don't recommend it less than 5 , it does go but is very boat abusive and easy to pin. 6-7 is perfect. and have only run it up to 9 (stout).
Steep and technical Part of the head waters of the Quijos. The first mile will tell you all about it, is continuous and it goes well, boat scouting is doable, soon starts showing canyon walls and gets boxed in a couple spots, scoutable and good to go. There is so many rapids that you will loose the count, the whole run is fun non stop boof after boof that will keep you in your game. Only a couple rapids have names on this section everything else is buggy.
put in rapid. 7.5 on the gage and raising.
we call this one vietnam, 3/4 of the way down. highlight of the run!
the middle of the canyon has this stout, easy to scout on the left 1/3 of the way.
|Confluence rapid. totally changed now after some blasting and tractors. will never look like the picture again.|
CHEESEHOUSE from BOOF SESSIONS on Vimeo.
|"Hecho en Ecuador" (made in Ecuador) FEB 2016 pretty clean down the middle.|
|make sure you boof this one, !|
BRIDGE 1 TO BRIDGE 22016 Quijos River Festival organized by boof Sessions, thanks for all the support from Gina's Restaurant, Casa de Rodrigo , ERI Ecuadorian River Institute and Baeza municipali
|Save the date: first weekend every year with the festivities of Baeza . QUIJOS WHITEWATER RIVER FESTIVAL|
|RIO BORJA.- when everything else is too big, Borja still delivers a short and sweet option on this continuous rollercoaster.|
|El Toro rapid in the Chaco Canyon.|
3 sections: Upper upper, upper, lower (canyon)
Classic run, another feeder of the Quijos, this river is south of Baeza on the way to Tena. It's always good. There are three runs on this river, including a hard-to-find section just above the town of Cosanga for when it is really high. The upper starts in the town of Cosanga and starts with some class III-III+ rapids and 1 stout class IV+ totally portageable on the left, it will give you a good feel for what's to come below on the lower section. when it turns into a class IV, IV+V at higher flows.The lowest and hardest section of the river carves through a couple canyons with a pool drop feel is certainly a beauty of Ecuador's whitewater.
between the Quijos Valley , on the way between Baeza to Tena you have several options:
The UPPER , Class IV+/ V
Paddle in from the km 28 put in or Hike in at la Merced de Jondachi km24 , into the top 3 best runs for your trip.
|Sideways boof, another classic run for Ecuador's whitewater.|
|put in rapid|
|Gorgeous tropical jungle paddling|
|kayaking out of the cave rapid on the first day of the Hollin whitewater expedition style|
Below Tena, the Rio Hollin joins the Misahualli and the run becomes a Class IV big-water, pool-drop river with lots of playing, wonderful rain forest and one tricky portage. The river offers boatable flows of between 200 and 7,000 cfs.
|Lower Mis, great big water kayaking in Ecuador|
|Lower Miss, Casanova rapid (Portage) Ecuador Whitewater|
Rio Tena class III/IV creeking(upper)
Rio Pano class IV
this run can be run at pretty high levels, short and sweet you can paddle out back in town, if it rained all night in Tena this river will be in, you want it big and brown in town to be good upstream.
|Pano River in Tena- Ecuador|
|The put in for an amazing day of kayaking in Tena-Ecuador.|
Rio Jatunyacu, Class III BIG WATER FUN
|Big Water FUN|
|Jatun Yacu = Big Water in Ecuador Quichua|
Piatua River class III/IV (CLASSIC)
Upper Anzu: Hit it at high water and it will be one of the most fun rivers ever, if everything is low, is really good as well, the begining turns into a little mission til you reach the middle section and let the fun beggin.
it starts pretty mellow allowing you to warm up for what's to come after the first 45 minutes, Huge endless wave trains with massive holes you can punch through.
A Classic on the whitewater guidebook.
Baños Area: At 6,000 feet, this part of Ecuador has a special feel; the water and air are cooler than in lower-elevation parts of Ecuador, and there are fewer bugs.
For more information go to the river guide page.
The lower being more steep and technical than the upper section with big drops and waterfalls.
NORTHERN WEST MOUNTAINS -
RIO LITA: along the border with Colombia, is a ultra classic river
RIO BLANCO: first d this in 2012 , continuos steep technical creeking (right side of the Mira river)
RIO MIRA: LONG mountain river, poor river quality but you can navigate class IV for days
RIO INTAG: Closest town is OTAVALO , a magical place in the mountains , incredible whitewater, organic coffee farms and hot springs.
You could start on the Intag Valley and come down the West slope of the mountain heading south hitting some absolutely amazing whitewater.
RIO PACHIJAL : IV-V
RIO BLANCO: III
RIO MULAUTE : IV - LOWER : III
RIO TOACHI: La Union to Alluriquin down
: MACAS / SUCUA (d(from the ERI escription from
Skilled kayakers with appropriate provisions will want to experience the Upper Upano, which is an exceptional class IV-V overnight trip. The put-in is about an hour from Macas near the town of Alshi, where the road comes close to the river. From there it is about 60 km down to Macas. For those looking for a bigger adventure, the section above Alshi can be run started from the tunnel on the Macas-Guamote-Riobamba road where a trail leads down to the river from the downstream side of the tunnel. Be prepared for a long day of beautiful, solid Class V with some portages.
Well below the confluence of the Tutanangosa River, the combined flows of the Negro and the Paute Rivers join the Upano River to form the Class IV+ Namangoza Gorge. This beautiful, waterfall-lined canyon has "big-water" waves and features and is now preferably run as a full-day-trip started from the balneario on the Negro River, just upstream of the confluence with the Paute and the main road bridge at Bella Union. Most groups take-out in the Shuar community of Yuquianza, just downstream of the Yuquianza River confluence, and well upsream of an impressive hanging foot bridge, which is the first foot bridge across the river below the Namangosa Gorge. Hire a shuttle in advance, as bus traffic can be minimal at the take-out.
A new road has opened access to a good Class IV section of the Abanico River, upstream of the Abanico hydro project. Below the hydro project, the Abanico River crashes over 3-4 marginally runnable rapids and flattens out abruptly before joining the Upper Upano River about 50 km above Macas with no good access in between. For that reason the Lower Abanico has only been paddled a few times, as the section above the hydro project is the best section to paddle, as is the Upper Upano for the overnight trip.