Saturday: In the morning you leave Quito at 07.30am following the transoceanic highway to the east. Passing the eastern Andean mountain range you reach Papallacta. This village is situated at 3.700m in the midst of an evergreen Páramo landscape. The area is renowned for its hot springs. Relax in the scenic pools and see if you can spot the ice giant Volcano Antisana (5.758m). Afterwards you continue down the Andean slopes into the Amazon basin to the jungle town Tena. Here you will have lunch before you exploring the little town and visit the Parque Amazonico on the little peninsula between the rivers Pano and Tena. Accommodation at the hostal Los Yutzos. -/L/D
Sunday: Early in the morning you will leave from the lodge towards Tena and start our rafting trip to the upper Rio Napo. This is also known locally as the Rio Jatunyacu, which means "Big Water" in Quichua. Big is probably the best word to describe this river - big water, big waves and big fun! The adventure begins where the road ends in a remote spot in the jungle. This is the highest accessible point of the Rio Napo. Only a handful of scattered Quichua families live this far in. The fun begins immediately with large rapids and roller-coaster size waves, intermingled with some calm pools that give you a chance to fully relax, and take in the spectacular scenery. This is our most popular rafting trip. No previous rafting experience is necessary (Class III rafting, about 25 km). Lunch en route. In the afternoon you will head back towards the Andes and Quito, arriving in the evening. B/L/-
USD 390, - per person with 2 people
Professional guides, expert safety kayaker for every two boats, all rafting equipment, wetsuits, transport, meals as stated in the program, accommodation in the mentioned hotel or similar in double rooms with private bathroom, entry to Papallacta Hot Springs.
International flight, airport tax for international flights, personal expenses, tips, beverages, travel insurance.
NB: All guides are certified in First Aid, CPR, and wilderness First Response and Repair Kits. Your safety and satisfaction are our first priority. We promote ecological awareness through education.
The equipment is of the highest quality. Type V coast guard approved personal flotation devices, and modern self-bailing rafts add a significant margin of safety and comfort for our guests. Paddleboats are our standard craft, where everyone participates by paddling. For this tour we can also offer a no paddle option upon request; this way you will experience the scenery but without the physical exertion.
What to bring
For on the river: swimsuit/shorts, spray jacket, tennis shoes/river sandals, sunglasses (with retention strap), baseball cap, sunscreen, insect repellent.
For off the river
Dry change of clothes (long-sleeved shirt, long pants and a light jumper), shoes/boots, personal items (ie. toiletries/medication).