AAER04   Upano River - Namangosa Gorge Rafting     5D/4N


A journey down the Upano River is a very special experience. Rafting the Upano, we witness the many moods and changing character of a jungle river. We set off on a shallow and braided river having to choose a route where the waters divide into numerous channels. The pace steadily increases until the river plunges into the magnificent Namangosa Gorge. Here we tackle rapids up to grade IV+ in the midst of virgin rainforest and the spectacle of dozens of waterfalls cascading from the lip of the gorge. Finally, the river broadens and deepens to become a calm but powerful giant on its way to meet the Amazon River. One of the highlights of this trip is the night we spend camped by a Shuar settlement. Here we have the opportunity to visit a traditional farm and learn about the Shuar way of life.

Day 1: Fly Quito - Macas (14:00). Drive to our put-in and first nights camp. Orientation briefing from the trip leader and meet the guides.

Days 2 – 4: We begin with a comprehensive safety briefing and instruction in paddling techniques. Then we will launch our rafts - laden with camping equipment and fresh supplies - onto the jungle waters. During the days, we will 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 will camp on sandy beaches by the side of the river and enjoy an excellent meal in this most extraordinary ‘restaurant’.

Day 5: We raft a short distance from our final camp to the take-out point and drive back to Macas for the flight to Quito (16.00).

Dates: August to February

River Grading: III - IV – IV+

What to bring: For on the river:  swimsuit/shorts, T-shirt, tennis shoes/river sandals, sunglasses (with retention strap), baseball cap, sunscreen and lip balm, insect repellent, water bottle (1 litter), thermal top, light rain jacket.

For off the river: long-sleeved shirt, long pants (no jeans), light jumper/fleece jacket), shoes/boots, personal items (i.e. toiletries/medication), sleeping bag, Thermos rest or sleeping pad, headlamp or torch, small towel, plastic bags for wet gear.

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 • Included: professional guides, complete rafting and group camping equipment, all meals on the river (i.e. from dinner Day 1 to lunch Day 5), transport from Macas to the river and back.

Not includedFlight Quito-Macas-Quito ($180), meals in Macas, personal expenses, tips.

Note: We offer regular fixed departure with min 4 participants from November to February every Thursday. Price per person: US$ 795.-





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