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Gina's Ecuador Kayak Hostel

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner meal deals  and a la carte menu all day.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot showers
  • FREE Tekilla shots all day
  • Free spanish lessons
  • Kayak Shuttles
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Pool Table and casino
  • Airport Shuttles
  • Backpakers and dirtbag kayakers paradise.

 Experience Baeza and our Family. You can just show up and you will be taken care of. We don't take reservations (first come first serve) if it rains too much people go to Tena and there is always room for one more, check in with Mama Gina and you are all set.  Shuttles, Hotel and Food and Kayak rentals.

  Upon arrival to UIO airport you have options, get home to Baeza or stay over night in a neat spot and take the bus ride the next day.

1- Book a trusted driver and pickup shuttle to Baeza  100$ (2Hours),  Share the ride, ask us about other paddlers rolling in same date:  shoot us an email with your flight info to: to confirm your pick up shuttle upon arrival.

2- Lots of flights arrive late  at night, you can stay near the airport, and hop in a bus the next morning:  Hit this guys up to get pick up upon arrival and next day you can walk to the bus stop to get to Baeza.

Hostel near UIO Quito airport , great service, quiet, safe, shuttles, tell them you found them on this website.
Close to the Airport (15 minutes) ARIE'S CABINS
 $25 for 1 person $35 for double room, 15$ shuttle pick up with kayaks or not, you can ride the bus to Baeza-Tena-Baños  the next day from the cabins you are 1 block away.  ARIE  is a great host.
This Hostel besides being close to the airport  is also rite next to one of the best breweries in Ecuador, (walking distance to the brewery)

a little map to give you an idea what to expect of traveling around here.

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BAEZA DAILY KAYAK SHUTTLE : Sign up on the white board in the morning before 9:00, we'll have the best options available and set up shuttle for your crew.  

Leave your logistics to us, ask for lodging, shuttles, guides or what ever you need to us.
For shuttles from Quito to and from the whitewater kayaking meccas of Baeza, Tena, Baños, Macas and Santo Domingo , or anywhere else in the Country.

Baeza is around 6000feet (2000 meters) above sea level  is an amazing area for boating,  you will feel the elevation for the first couple days, nice cool weather, bring a pair of jeans and a rain coat. Water levels are generally always good here but your next stop is 2 hours farder down the hill. Tena where you will  find the tropical warm jungle around the 1500 feet (500 meters) asl. rivers are significantly warmer, shorty top or skin to the wind paddling.

HIGH ROLLER KAYAKERS may want to check the River LODGE on the QUIJOS river.  Cabañas 3 rios , take out for the Baeza - Borja section, Lower Cosanga , and put in for the Chaco Canyon. Close to the Oyacachi as well. Shuttles, meals and more.
For reservations and information contact us:
45$ single (breakfast included).
35$ double.

In Baños: 
lodging is not a problem here, but here is a link to a river front, camping optional, beautiful and safe spot,    ABBY'S  Bed and Breakfast,  this  is the best spot around Baños . Backpakers and Dirtbag kayakers on a budget can cook and sleep outside, camping and hammacking is epic. 

 TENA: Rite next to the Upper Miss, between Archidona y Tena.
Stay with BUBU and Gabriel , your hosts for the weekend. Chill and safe, on your way to the JONDACHI, Misahualli ( MISS), Piatua.
The Best option to stay when in Tena, 10 minutes out of town 5$ taxi, Breakfast option included and kitchen available.
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  Hostal Casa Blanca.   Trust me on this one, you'll be breathing straight mold if you go somewhere else. And  You are across the street from the best restaurants and bars in Macas, and just couple blocks from a big market where it will be easy to hire a truck everyday for different missions in the Area. Even if you choose to run the Upper Upano you may want to stage here cuz there is nowhere to stay up in the little towns of 9 de Octubre or Zuñag.

SANTO DOMINGO KAYAK HOSTAL:  Santo Domingo Offers a whole bunch of Hotels and Hosterias, for all kind of budgets.  The best is HOSTERIA LOS COLORADOS , rite next to the Toachi River just outside of town. Mention you are coming with our groups and they will hook you up with a good deal. 
No reservations needed unless you rolling with a large group. Clean, Safe, they are the Nicest people you can find, very helpful, next to the river, and walking distance of the Bus Stop.

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