When we speak about rafting, kayaking and canoeing in Quito, we talk about one of the favorite tourist activity not only in certain places around the city but in the Galapagos and the Amazon Region.
Boating, in all its variations, is one of the tourist demands recently established in Ecuador.
From the great glaciers of the Andes get down the thaws, these ones will become into the riches rivers that irrigate the entire Amazon region of Ecuador. Other rivers will flow into the Pacific Coast. Thus, Quito, a town right in the middle of the Andean valley, is a strategic point to start your adventures in kayak or canoe.
The destinations around Quito include rivers that run to the north-west of the city, which pass through the Mindo Cloud Forest to end in the coast of Esmeraldas. Furthermore, the destinations included are quiet lakes located at the north of Quito, specifically in the province of the lakes: Imbabura. There are two destinations within the country that are highly valued for rafting, kayaking or canoeing in Ecuador: Galapagos and the Amazon.
On the famous "Enchanted Islands" we have selected places where you can do kayaking or canoeing in the Galapagos. That’s why it is important to check with the agency or tour operator if the boat or cruise where you will stay has kayaks or canoes available for landing in the designated areas. If you choose this option you can have a closer interaction and live with the maritime world of the Galapagos Islands. You will see sea lions, little penguins, iguanas and most birds that nest in the cliffs just few centimeters close to you.
For rafting in the Amazon Region is recommendable to go to the city of Tena. This small city is the center where you can set off for many white-water rivers, fearless rapids with different levels of difficulty, ranging from 3rd degree to 5th degree. Rafting in the Amazon is one of the leading adventure sports in Ecuador, in addition to being pure adrenaline, and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Amazon jungle. In our country there have been some editions of the World Rafting Championships because the rivers are perfect for this activity.
From Quito you can start a great adventure to the rapids , perfect places to kayaking surrounded by lush nature.
As well as near to Quito, there are in Ecuador different places where kayaking and canoeing are practiced. As an example we have the Amazon, the beaches of Ecuador and the famous Galapagos Islands. If you want to practice this extreme sport, we recommend getting in touch with your travel agency or tour operator of choice.