AAER03 The Headwaters Run 1 o r 2 Day
2 Day Quijos River Trip (Over 50Km, Class IV+)

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The Quijos is set to become Ecuador’s premier white water trip with mile after mile of class IV-IV+ rapids and spectacular jungle scenery. Expect to run more white water in a day than you’d do in a week elsewhere. This trip is for experienced rafters that are confident swimmers.

Day 1: Depart at 7am. Drive to Baeza. On arrival, we provide you with wetsuits, life jackets and helmets. After a short drive to the put-in, the Trip Leader will give a thorough safety briefing and conduct a swim test. Then you will split into groups for an intensive in-boat paddle practice with your guide. Once we set off, we are straight into the action but with some easier rapids to warm up. Along the way, we will stop for a riverside picnic lunch. In the afternoon, we will raft through the first canyons of the Quijos running big, technical rapids. At the end of the day, we pull the boats onto shore and take a short ten-minute walk up to the lodge where we have cold beer, hot showers and a good meal waiting for us. We will overnight in a local lodge (or for the 1-day trip transport back to Quito). (LB, D). 

Day 2: After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast we will pull on our wetsuits again and head back to the river for a lot more white water action. Today you should be prepared for one of the most exciting and beautiful parts of the trip. This river is set to become a legend. From the take-out, we will head back to Quito stopping at Papallacta Hot Springs for a well-earned soak in the volcanically heated mineral waters. Arrive approx. 8pm (or optional spend a night at Papallacta). (B, L).

 Gross Rates per Person in US$ (1 day trip from Quito):

  Pax Number

2

3

4

5

6

7/9

 10/15 

 16/20 

 21+ 

 SS 

 Gross Rates 

 190 

 135 

 95 

 95 

 95 

 95 

95

95

95

N/A

 Gross Rates per Person in US$ (2 day trip from Quito):

  Pax Number

2

3

4

5

6

7/9

 10/15 

 16/20 

 21+ 

 SS 

 Gross Rates 

 450 

 300 

 225 

 225 

 225 

 225 

225

225

225

25


What to bring: For on the river: swimsuit/shorts spray jacket, tennis shoes/river sandals, sunglasses (with retention strap), baseball cap, and 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). .

Includes: Professional guides, expert safety kayaker for every two boats, all rafting equipment, wetsuits, transport, meals as stated and shared accommodation.

Not included: Additional alcoholic drinks, personal expenses, tips.

Departures: Saturdays from August to February. Other days with a minimum of six participants.

River Grading: IV – IV+

Season: September to February

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