Ecuador- Ready To Roll

It’s almost the end of January and we’re having a great season down here in Ecuador.  We first arrived in early December with nearly a month to settle in. We spent the time paddling, visiting friends and gearing up for our first trip which we ran nearly a month ago.  I’m realizing that if I don’t start writing something now the season will slip away.

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There is always a sense of anticipation and excitement at the start of the season on cracking the door open to our bodega (warehouse) full of gear.

As is always the case there have been changes since the last time we were here just nine months ago. Most noticeable is the dam being built at the take out for the Bom Bon to Salado run on the Quijos river.

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Jaime Dalgo paddles past a debris pile on the Rio Hollin that was left by the high flows in September.

This used to be a mud trail that lead to a bamboo bridge on the Upper Mish. The bridge is now cement and this road will receive a "cap" of river rock. The "Mud Walk" put in just downstream has similar changes.

We run our trips on the eastern slope of the Andes using the drainages found around the Quijos valley two and a half hours east of Quito and the Tena area two hours further south.

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Light and clouds play across a ridge in the Quijos valley near the town of Borja, our base.

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Mary checks out a small clear creek near Tena.

We offer trips that range from class III+ to Class IV+ and, if you want, we are always eager to share tips and techniques to help make you a better paddler.  You get a kayaking vacation and a chance to improve your skills all in the same week.

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Another beautiful bend in the river.

Ecuador in general seems to be experiencing a surge in kayaking this season, we’ve been seeing plenty of paddlers around which is pretty exciting.

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A gaggle of guides from different companies enjoying a paddle together on the Inchillaqui.

Matt Terry gets a litte lift on the Rio Piatua.

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DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking guide Jaime Dalgo on the Upper Misahualli.

Ecuador offers a great mix of technical creeking or big water pool-drop.

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Mary on the lush and beautiful Jondachi.

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Sunny take out on the Anzu near Tena.

All the best from latitude zero.

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