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  • Big waterfall in Jondachi River

Inflatable Kayaks Jondachi River – Full Day

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  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Duration: Full Day
  • Season: All year
  • Minimum Age: 14 years old
Tour Details

To put it simply, paddling a “duckie” in the Jondachi and Hollin rivers is the most intense and adrenaline-filled activity you can do in a class IV river here in the Amazon!

Visit a secret Canyon and swim in its waters after a 40min Jungle Trek!

Be ready to be speechless! 

Departure & Return Location

1. Kayak Ecuador Home Base (Teniente Hugo Ortiz Street | Panamericana E-45, next to the fireman station). Archidona – Napo, Ecuador.
2. Hotel pickup (Tena/Archidona)

– All our tours depart from Kayak Ecuador home base 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)
  • Rafting Gear: Helmet, LifeJacket, Paddle and Semi-Dry Top
  • Intern Shuttle (Tena - Archidona)
  • Lunch
  • First Aid Kit with a certified first aid guide
  • Guided Visit to “Gran Cañon del Jondachi”
  • Satellite tracking KAYAK ECUADOR: We have satellite phone to monitor the operation during the tour.

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
  • Transfers (outside the city)
  • Accommodation
  • Travel insurance


What to Expect
Since the “duckie” boat is designed to encompass characteristics of both a kayak and a raft, you get the best of both worlds. You experience the intensity of the rapids, while also feeling safe and secure in the inflatable duckie. Regardless, every wave, hole, and eddy is more impactful and since it is just you and the guide in the boat, they have full control over the craziness of their journey.
Aside from the adrenaline experienced in the duckie, the beauty seen cannot be topped. Trekking in a jungle, seeing and learning about the flora and fauna of the Amazon, and running rapids in a duckie while being surrounded by canyons, lush jungle, and plentiful waterfalls makes for a magical day.
The Jondachi river is one of the most beautiful rivers in the world because of its clear water, surrounding canyons, and smooth granite rocks. The Hollín river has even more character with grander rapids, bigger water, and more adrenaline, while also providing recovery pools for swimming and relaxing.
The stop at el Gran Cañón is magical because you can climb through the naturally formed canyon and jump off a rock in the clear and refreshing water.

When we stop to have lunch, we don’t just do it anywhere, but on the banks of the river in the middle of the jungle so it is surely an unforgettable lunch. The entire day is filled with excitement, and even during the relaxing times, the scenery and sounds of the jungle are sure to make your heart race.

Our certified guides are outgoing, enthusiastic, and all around passionate about the sport and these rivers!

07:30 | Hotel Pick Up
07:30-08:00 | Transfer to River Entrance (Mondayacu Community)
08:00-09:30 | Trekking
09:30-10:00 | Guided Visit to “El Gran Cañón”
10:15 | Safety Talk
10:30 | Duckie Experience Starts!
12:30-13:30 | Lunch
13:30-16:00 | Rafting in Duckie
16:15 | Exit in Santo Domingo Community and Hotel Transfer
Geographic Information: The entrance to the Jondachi River is located 15 minutes from Archidona. The Hollín River rises from the Sumaco volcano and joins the Jondachi River at Cotundo.
Tour Total Duration: 7-8 hours aprox.
Water Temperature: Jondachi River: 15 ºC to 20 ºC (59 ºF to 48 ºF) | Hollín River: 17 ºC to 19 ºC (62 ºF to 66 ºF)
Altimetry: 754 MASL – Start | 605 MASL – End
Climate: 24 ºC to 34 ºC / 75 ºF to 93 ºF. Tropical humid forest
Inflatable Kayaks Distance: Jatun Yacu River 20 km | Hollín River 18 km
Inflatable Kayaks time: 5 hours aprox.
River Class: Class III & VI, intermediate to advanced
Peak Season: June, July, August and December (Be aware for reservations).
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Group Traveller

Mi colega y yo contratamos el descenso del Jondachi en dos duckys. Fueron 30kms de adrenalina en compañía de Santi y Pablo. Profesionalidad, preparación y seguridad caracterizan a esta empresa super chévere. Como bonus nos dimos un baño en el Gran Cañón en el mismo punto de inicio de la bajada. Súper recomendable!

July 12, 2018

Emile S

Couple Traveller

Had so much fun. We were lucky to have the duck rafts after some have rainfall. The river was spectacular and fast. When inbetween the rapids I had some time to recover I was amazed about the magnificent jungle surrounding the river. Altough we did not have any experience on rafting the crew made it a great experience (they all speak english :-). Be sure to book the grand canyon walk as well.

June 7, 2018

Paul Valencia N

Group Traveller

Fuimos con un amigo e hicimos ducky en el Jondachi…la mejor experiencia en el río. Santi y Pablo unos guías y amigos de lo mejor!!!! Seguro repetimos, Gracias!!!!!!!

August 17, 2017

Anna Blasco

Couple Traveller

I spent a couple months in Ecuador on a study abroad and I wanted to seek out fun and adventure. Kayak Ecuador made my experience just that. I took a trip down the Jondachi river in a duckie raft and had such a great time! I also hiked to the Gran Cañon, which quite literally took my breath away. Kayak Ecuador makes sure your time with them is nothing but excellent and memorable. Safety is their number one priority and they make sure you are educated on safety procedures before going out on your adventure. Santi, Daniella, Pablo, and other staff care so much about what they do and their passion shines bright from the moment you meet them. They will make your trip unforgettable and are so friendly. The nature I saw in Ecuador/on the river and the adrenaline I experienced being in the water and in the jungle was unlike anything I had done before and it is something you cannot miss. I definitely recommend visiting Tena, going rafting, and choosing Kayak Ecuador!

January 31, 2017