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  • Rafting in Jondachi river in the middle of the jungle in Southamerica

Rafting Jondachi & Hollín Rivers – Full Day Expedition

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

If you are an adventurous and active person, this is the perfect trip for you! We can assure you that this tour will be one of the most memorable activities you can do in this beautiful country. Our full day rafting adventure in the Jondachi & Hollín rivers, will keep you amazed between the jungle landscape, the adrenaline, the class IV rapids, and being engulfed in bright green Amazonian vegetation and canyons.

Our full day expedition includes a jungle trek & guided visit to the “Gran Cañón del Jondachi” and a delicious Lunch!

What to Expect

First of all, as this is an isolated place, we’ll have to walk for 45 min in order to arrive to the starting point of our rafting adventure. This is why we hire people from the “Mondayacu” Community to carry all the gear down to the river.

Our first stop, after our fun jungle trek is the “Gran Cañón del Jondachi”: you will be amazed from the beginning of this trip! This is a rock formation of around 10 meters high with a waterfall and a beautiful natural lagoon in the middle of the jungle entrance; you are more that welcome to jump in and swim in these refreshing waters. We have included this visit simply due to the fact that it is an unmissable place!

After refreshing ourselves in the “Gran Cañón”, we can continue our way to start our rafting adventure. We’ll be starting our day with the Jondachi river, a very technical and isolated Class III+ river. In general, this is a crystal clear river, but everything depends on the rain! It is known as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world!

However, both rivers provide their own type of excitement. The Hollín river has more character with grander rapids, bigger water, and more adrenaline while also providing recovery pools for swimming and relaxing. Not to mention, all rivers that feed into these two rivers come in the form of waterfalls of all shapes and sizes.

We have to mention that the wildlife that may appear during this trip is wonderful! It is common to see river otters swimming around, birds of all kinds, and we can’t miss the petroglyphs. Just if you didn’t know, petroglyphs are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising or abrading, as a form of rock art.

In the middle of our expedition, we will serve you a delicious lunch. We can eat, laugh and relax for a while on to the river shore. We know that our IRF certified (https://www.internationalrafting.com/), enthusiastic and professional guides will make this trip a memorable experience.

There are very few places on earth with the stunning scenery and level of biodiversity that can be seen in this 1 day expedition. We feel very lucky to have this amazing natural resources, and we would love to show this place to the world.

This is a perfect activity for kids over 14 years old, if you have kids under this age, you should probably check our Class III rafting trip to the Jatun Yacu river: https://kayakecuador.net/tour/rafting-jatunyacu-river/

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
  • First Aid Kit with a certified first aid guide
  • Guided visit to “Gran Cañón 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


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 “The Gran Cañón”
10:15 | Safety Talk
10:30 | Rafting Starts!
12:30-13:30 | Lunch
13:30-16:00 | Rafting
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
Rafting Distance: Jatun Yacu River 20 km | Hollín River 18 km
Rafting 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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Francisco R

Family Traveller

He efectuado muchas veces en diferentes ríos el rafting, pero como este río JAMAS…uno de los más bellos del planeta, bajando del medio altiplano de Los Andes directamente a la Amazonía, ríos cargados de sedimentos para regar esas fértiles tierras amazónicas.
La actividad es alucinante y para que hablar del equipo de Kayak Ecuador…hasta el momento lo MEJOR del Napo, ¡muy profesionales con equipamiento de LUJO!

August 9, 2018

Luz Maria

Family Traveller

Todos los guías son muy buena onda, te hacen sentir muy cómodo y te dan la confianza y seguridad porque cuentan con todo el material y equipos necesarios para ello. Asimismo, realizan charlas de seguridad muy completas antes de iniciar el recorrido del rafting. Los paisajes son increíbles y la comida es muy rica. Además, puedes solicitar el paquete que incluye fotos y durante todas las actividades te filman. El personal conoce muy bien las rutas y cuentan con mucha experiencia.

May 1, 2018

Victor Pstc

Solo Traveller

Una equipo excepcional de monitores, entusiastas y entregados en su trabajo, que cuidan la seguridad ante todo peronsin olvidar hacerlo pasar bien. Repetiré siempre que pase por Tena. El sitio es maravilloso, y cualquier actividad que propongan es un éxito garantizado

January 30, 2017