Last year, after a few couple days rafting and falling in love with Tena, I decided that I wanted to learn how to whitewater kayak and randomly ended up meeting the owner of this tour company and taking 2 days of beginning lessons. By this time, I was hooked and came back for another week last fall. I was seriously impressed with Jaime's experience kayaking and the ability to guide me through the process of fairly quickly becoming confident in the kayak and being able to perform a number of necessary maneuvers. He was necessarily cautious about building up skills gradually and assessing what I realistically could handle to avoid any potentially dangerous situations. Still, when we got out onto some bigger class III rapids later in the week, I had complete confidence that my life was in good hands. I suppose that's one of the most important things; however, I also had a ton of fun on the trips, which is important if you're going to spend an entire day with someone on the river. I still can't believe my good luck falling into this experience which was one of the most fun and rewarding things I've done in a while. I can't promise that everyone will become obsessed with kayaking and/or rafting, but I know it to have happened to quite a few of my friends. It's an absolute must in Tena, and I would have no qualms about sending someone to this tour operator. I didn't take any of their raft trips, but I do know that Jaime has been leading kayaking and raft trips for a number of years in both Ecuador and the States.
My last bit of advice is that if you're new to kayaking and want to learn, you should really try to take multiple lessons in a row if you can. A large chunk of the first day will be spent learning how to roll your kayak (if you get tipped upside down) and multiple days will allow you more time to actually see things on the river.
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