The Upano River is a great river for beginners and experts alike. The Rio Upano has challenging but manageable whitewater, incredible scenery, good hiking trails and beautiful riverside camps. Add the area’s amazing cultural history, and contact with the Shuar Indians that live along the rivers banks and you’ve got a rafting adventure that’s physically, mentally and spiritually invigorating.
The whitewater rafting in the Upano River begins with alternating wide valleys and narrow canyons. Class III rapids provide plenty of continuous fun-filled roller coaster rides. We’ll enter a towering canyon where massive waterfalls tumble hundreds of feet before crashing into the Rio Upano. The narrow canyon walls constrict the river and massive boulders create numerous Class III and IV whitewater rapids, guaranteeing an action-packed ride.
Day 1: Travel from Baños to Macas. Drive to our put-in and first night camp. Orientation briefing from the trip leader and meet the guides.
Days 2 – 3: We begin with a comprehensive safety briefing and instruction in paddling techniques. Then we’ll launch our rafts – laden with camping equipment and fresh supplies – onto the jungle waters. During the day we’ll take time out from the action to explore the edge of the jungle, venture up to cascading waterfalls or simply drift through the calmer stretches in awe at our surroundings. At night we’ll camp on sandy beaches by the side of the river and enjoy an excellent meal in this most extraordinary ‘restaurant’.
Day 4: After a relaxing morning in our final camp we raft a short distance to the take out point and drive back to Macas then back to Baños where you will arrive around 7pm
October to February
4 to 6 participants $ 700 / 7 to 14 participants $599
International Rafting Federation-certified guides, expert safety kayaker, complete rafting and group camping equipment, transport from Macas to the river and back, all meals on the river (i.e. from dinner Day 1 to lunch Day 4)
No previous rafting experience is necessary however participants must be confident in the water and be able to swim. Minimum age is 15 years.