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  • Girl kayaking in a duckie in Jatunyacu river

Inflatable Kayaks Jatun Yacu River – Full Day

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  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Season: All year
  • Minimum Age: 7 years old
Tour Details

Paddling in an inflatable kayak in the Jatun Yacu river provides a perfect experience year round due to the natural river flowing free of dams, perfect weather, and perfect water temperature. The full day duckie trip includes lunch and a stop at a local Kichwa community.

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Departure & Return Location

– All our tours depart from Kayak Ecuador home base (Teniente Hugo Ortiz Street | Panamericana E-45, next to the fireman station). Archidona – Napo, Ecuador. or pickup directly from your hotel.

– At the end of the tour we will drop you off at you hotel (Tena/Archidona) or finish in Kayak Ecuador Home Base*.
* Depending on your hotel location, extra charges might apply.

Meeting Time

15 minutes before event time

Price Includes

  • 5 hours of Paddling (aprox.)
  • Safety Kayaker
  • Certified and Professional Guides (IRF - International Rafting Federation, ACA - American Canoe Association)
  • Paddling Gear: Helmet, LifeJacket, Paddle and Semi-Dry Top
  • Intern Shuttle (Tena and Archidona)
  • Lunch Buffet
  • First Aid Kit with a certified first aid guide
  • Guided Visit to Local Community “Shandia” and Handicraft Shopping

What to bring

  • Shirt o T-shirt: Quick dry preferably (NOT COTTON)
  • Insect repellant and sun screen
  • Pants, Shorts, or Leggings: Quick dry preferably
  • Bathing suit: Quick dry preferably
  • Shoes / closed toe shoes: Light hikes, anti-slip styling, keep in mind that they will get wet, that do not come off easily.

Not included

  • Tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Transfers (outside the city)
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation


What to Expect
Running the Jatun Yacu river in a duckie boat with our company is unique for many reasons. First is the experience you will get by simply being in a inflatable kayak. Unlike running the river in a raft, the duckie provides a more personalized experience because you are in control of your trip. The duckie boat is a happy medium between a kayak and a raft. It provides the thrill of being closer to the water and thus every maneuver is greater and more intense, but also provides the safety and comfort of a raft.
Since you are in the boat with just the guide, you can be as adventurous or relaxed as you want by telling the guide you want to hit big waves and curves or by asking to avoid them. By the end of the experience, you will feel as though you made a friend on the trip which adds value and memory to your experience.
The beauty of the Jatun Yacu and Iluculin rivers that you see on this trip is unparalleled. The size of these rivers is not only impressive, but the views available all day long will leave you with a magical feeling. You will be surrounded by lush Amazonian jungle, hear the sounds of the birds only found in this region, see exotic flowers and plants, and marvel at the jungle covered mountains in the distance.
Finally, after stopping to have a homemade lunch in the Kichwa community of Shandia, you will gain an even deeper appreciation for the culture and nature in this region because you get to see how people here are fully connected to their natural environment. This is a special and unique intercultural experience that our trip provides.
08:00 | Hotel Pick Up
08:00-08:45 | Transfer to River Entrance (Cando Community)
08:45-09:00 | Safety Talk
09:15 | Duckie Experience Starts!
10:30 | Water Break & Picture Time at Iloculin
12:00-13:00 | Lunch, Games, and Guided Visit to “Shandia” Community

13:00-15:00 | Rafting in Duckie
15:15 | Exit in Puerto Napo and Hotel Transfer

Geographic Information: The Jatun Yacu River is 45 minutes from the city of Tena in the Llanganates National Park.
Tour Total Duration: 7-8 hours aprox.
Water Temperature: 15 ºC to 19 ºC | 59 ºF to 48 ºF
Altimetry: 725 MASL – Start | 400 MASL – End
Climate: 24 ºC to 34 ºC / 75 ºF to 93 ºF. Tropical humid forest
Inflatable Kayaks Distance: Jatun Yacu River 24 km | Napo River 3 km
Inflatable Kayaks time: 5 hours aprox.
River Class: Class III, Intermediate
Peak Season: June, July, August and December (Be aware for reservations).
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2 Reviews
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Sofia Alexa

Couple Traveller

Se los recomiendo es lo mejor que pueden hacer, obtendran la mejor atencion repitoooo es la mejor experiencia de mi vida wiiihiiiiii

June 7, 2018

Maria Paula V

Solo Traveller

De esas experiencias que no se olvidan. Además de pasar un día lleno de adrenalina y diversión, el equipo tiene mucha experiencia y te hace sentir seguro a lo largo de todo el trayecto (a pesar de los nervios que puedas sentir al principio). ¡¡Los paisajes son espectaculares!! Y todos los miembros son muy simpáticos.

January 31, 2017