Ecuador is a country blessed with huge Andean slopes and deep Amazon valleys. These combination of Andean Mountains dropping into the Amazon jungle forms tremendously fun rivers for kayaking and whitewater rafting. Fast moving water combined with temperate weather makes rafting and kayaking a super enjoyable activity. We’ve collected the top 10 most exciting whitewater river runs in Ecuador for you to enjoy.
#1 UPANO RIVER:
At a glance: Morona Santiago Province, Sucua is the nearest town. Class IV, IV+
The Upano is a dream come true. The River of the Sacred Waterfalls so deep in the Amazon jungle that its sheer solitude makes you be one with nature once again. Class IV and V rivers surrounded by waterfalls, deep green vegetation and jungle citizens that have inhabited the area for centuries.
To read more detail about the Upano please read Upano River. Rafting the Canyon of The Sacred Waterfalls
#2 QUIJOS RIVER
At a glance: Napo Province. El Chaco, Class IV, IV+
#3 MISAHUALLI RIVER
At a glance: 2 secciones Prov. Napo. Tena, Class IV, IV+
Prov. Napo. Tena, Class IV
Prov. Imbabura. Intag, Class IV
#6 BLANCO RIVER
#7 JATUNYACU RIVER
Prov. Napo. Tena, Class III
#8 TOACHI RIVER
Prov Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas. Santo Domingo, Class III-IV
#9 MIRA RIVER
Prov. Imbabura. Ibarra Class III-IV
#10 ANZU RIVER
Prov. Napo. Tena, Class II-III
Considerations for this ranking:
- We’ve mentioned the province to which they belong, the closes city and the river class.
- All of these rivers are commercial.
- Barefoot Expeditions operates trips in all the rivers mentioned above.
- We did not list any rivers in the Banos area because they are contaminated and we do not support the utilization of those rivers for water activities nor we endorse the blatant disregard by the authorities of the issues that these rivers face.