Kayaking in Ecuador

Upper Rio Jondachi

Here at Sundance, the Northwest is definitely home. However, one thing about whitewater thrill seekers is the fact that we love to travel, especially for a bit of international whitewater.

Our friends at Precision Kayaking run international custom kayaking trips in some pretty amazing places. Primarily, they run instructional and guided trips in Ecuador (though they also offer trips in Peru, Costa Rica, New Zealand and Nepal).

Lead instructor Andy Round has led trips all over the world but has spent most of his time on Ecuador’s rivers. He was actually one of the first kayakers to begin exploring Ecuador and can boast multiple first descents in the country.

The Lower Misahualli

He runs Ecuador trips for kayakers each year and specializes in taking small groups of equally skilled kayakers or just one paddler at a time. Each excursion is completely customized for each individual.

Locals enjoying a free ride on Andy's kayak

Ecuador has some of the best kayaking in the world – a plethora of runnable rivers packed into a small area, big round boulders, perfect drops, slides, unbelievably consistent gradient, mile after mile of awesome whitewater, stunning mountain/ jungle scenery, warm climates & water, and, get this, easy access to most of these rivers – How could you not want to go?

The most well known rivers for kayaking are located in the Rio Quijos Valley as well as rivers that surround the town of Tena. The Jondachi, Misahualli, Piatua, Quijos and Cosanga are featured in the photos scattered throughout this post. For more information, check out www.precisionkayaking.com

About Maggie Busto

Maggie spends a majority of her work week in the office of Sundance Kayak School (also home to Northwest Rafting Company and ECHO River Trips) helping customers plan awesome vacations on the river. Although she's no kayaking expert, she loves spending time rafting on the water and has contributed to this site in more ways than one.