Having enjoyed the Futaleufu River and other big rivers in Chile, I decided to try Ecuador. My trip included rafting days on the Quijos, Jondachi, and Jatunacu Rivers in Ecuador. This review is of the Jondachi. See reviews of the Quijos and Jatunacu if you want to read about them.
In order to access the Jondachi, Ecuador's greatest jungle Class 3-4 whitewater run, you need to start in Tena, Ecuador's gateway city to the jungle and jungle attractions. The rivers near Tena are rain fed and have warm water. The elevations are low, so it can be hot and humid and "ankle biters"--biting mosquitoes are a minor annoyance.
Tena has lots of bars and restaurants and is a fun town to use as your base.
The Jondachi has some of Ecuador's best whitewater. I used Small World Adventures as my guide; they have a great reputation in Ecuador and the USA.
The rafting put-in for the Jondachi involves an ankle to knee-deep trek through mud on a very steep path. We had to use porters to carry the rafts and kayaks.
Once we survived the hike in, the jungle rafting was truly incredible. Warm water, big waves, and incredible jungle scenery.
Having rafted in several countries and continents, I rate the Jondachi as a no-miss incredible run.
Don't miss out on Ecuador's whitewater; it's spectacular.
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