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Rafting Jatunyacu River – Full Day

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

If you visit Ecuador, you can’t miss our full day rafting adventure to the to the Jatun Yacu River – Class III! This is one of the most amazing adventures you can do close to Quito. If you haven’t rafted before, or if you want an exciting and very friendly whitewater experience, you can never go wrong with this river! “Jatun Yacu” means “Big Water” in Kichwa, so be prepared for huge waves, and lots of fun!

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Departure & Return Location

1. Kayak Ecuador Home Base (Panamericana E-45 | Principal Street – 600m (south) of “Jumandi” Caves) 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 Rafting (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 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

If you visit Ecuador, you can’t miss our full day rafting adventure to the to the Jatun Yacu River – Class III! This is one of the most amazing adventures you can do close to Quito. If you haven’t rafted before, or if you want an exciting and very friendly whitewater experience, you can never go wrong with this river! “Jatun Yacu” means “Big Water” in Kichwa, so be prepared for huge waves, and lots of fun!

First, we will have a 50 min road trip in order to reach our Put In, Cando; a Kichwa Community located in the Llanganates National Park. This destination filled with mystery and legend, boasts some of the most beautiful landscape and grand biodiversity in the country. According to local legends, Rumiñahui, a general during the Inca Civil War, who after the death of Emperor Atahualpa, led the resistance against the Spanish in the northern part of the Inca Empire in 1533; hid the renowned treasure of Atahualpa or El Dorado in this region. Even if the most exciting part of the trip is not being in the car, you will be able to appreciate a beautiful landscape during the road trip!

The adventure begins! After giving you all the proper and homologated rafting gear, and after receiving an orientation talk, we will be ready! The natural beauty you’ll be surrounded all day long and the adrenaline of this big water river will transform this trip in an unforgettable experience. While some parts of the river pump you full of energy, other parts are smooth and relaxing, allowing you to float down the river.

In the middle of our trip, we will stop in Shandia: a Kichwa community which is located in an island. Once we get there, we will play some fun games in the beautiful river beach. Also, you will be able to check and buy some amazing handicrafts and organic local chocolate. During this break, we will serve you a delicious lunch so you can recharge your energy for the rest of the activity! After this break, we will continue our trip for approx. 2 more hours. Fun is not over!  

During the day, don’t forget to look back, the mountains behind the Jatun Yacu river will remind you why you are alive and why you decided to visit the jungle. We know that our IRF certified (https://www.internationalrafting.com/), enthusiastic and professional guides will make out of this trip a memorable experience. 

This is a perfect activity for kids over 7 years old, if you have kids under this age, you should probably check our Class II rafting trip to the Anzu river: https://kayakecuador.net/tour/rafting-anzu-river-full-day/. Or if you want more adrenaline and stronger emotions, check our Class IV Jondachi & Hollín full day rafting expedition: https://kayakecuador.net/tour/rafting-jondachi-river-full-day/.

08:00 | Hotel Pick Up
08:00-08:45 | Transfer to River Entrance (Cando Community)
08:45-09:00 | Safety Talk
09:15 | Rafting Starts!
10:30 | Water Break & Picture Time at Iluculín river
12:00-13:00 | Lunch, Games, and Guided Visit to “Shandia” Community
13:00-15:00 | Rafting
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
Rafting Distance: Jatun Yacu River 24 km | Napo River 3 km
Rafting time: 5 hours aprox.
River Class: Class III, Intermediate
Peak Season: June, July, August and December (Be aware for reservations).
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Mike L

Couple Traveller

Excelente dia! Top notch outfit. Very safety concious, superior guides that speak excellent English. Go with these guys!

June 7, 2018


Group Traveller

Bajar este hermoso rio Jatum Yacu con su emocionante caudal, anchos canales para escoger, como para todos los gustos. Ver el verde obscuro de los bosques de la sierra, de las orillas, concentrarse en los rizos del las crestas del rio pues es una grata experiencia que vale la pena repetir. Que mejor que disfrutarla con un grupo de talentosos y comprometidos guias que con toda la seguridad y excelentes equipos pueden sentar la base de seguridad necesaria para asi disfrutar estos paisajes que distinguen la excitante y atractiva AMAZONIA. Asi es que gracias y recomendable TOTAL…

June 1, 2018

Kristy W

Group Traveller

I have been rafting in the US for the past 5 years and am an experienced rafter. Last year we did a private trip on the Grand Canyon and we recognize experienced river people. I can say this company takes you to the big water, their guides help you to maximize the fun and are very experienced. This company is excellently organized and safety is their highest priority. They know how to make a crew feel safe and care that their passengers have an excellent experience. The riverside lunch stop was delightfully fun and the lunch was wonderfully prepared. I can’t say enough great things about this company and crew.

August 17, 2017

Sebastián L

Couple Traveller

Fue lo mejor , muy profesionales pero súper divertido ! Te generan confianza y pues solo debes disfrutar al máximo !

March 23, 2017

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