The Quijos Valley at 6000 feet (1800 m) above sea level keeps good water levels for most of the year and makes it a most visit spot. Tena is only 2 hours away south east dropping into the tropical jungle to 1500 feet (600m) where water is warm and weather is HOT.
Baños has a lot of good steep creeking.
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Rio Quijos, Class III-IV-V
|Upper section cheese house put in rapid|
|Cheese House boof|
|Piggli Wiggli down the middle|
|Quijos river fun boofing|
|El Toro rapid in the Chaco Canyon.|
Steep and technical Part of the head waters of the Quijos. Fun and more fun as you drop deeper down this classic section, it has a couple canyon sections and so many rapids that you will loose the count, the whole run is fun non stop boof after boof that will keep you in your game. Only a couple rapids have names on this section everything else is non-stop fun.
|Confluence rapid, one of the best creeks in Ecuador kayaking.|
3 sections: Upper upper, upper, lower (canyon)
Classic run, another feeder of the Quijos, this river is south of Baeza on the way to Tena. It's always good. There are three runs on this river, including a hard-to-find section just above the town of Cosanga for when it is really high. The upper starts in the town of Cosanga and starts with some class III-III+ rapids and 1 stout class IV+ totally portageable on the left, it will give you a good feel for what's to come below on the lower section. when it turns into a class IV, IV+V at higher flows.The lowest and hardest section of the river carves through a couple canyons with a pool drop feel is certainly a beauty of Ecuador's whitewater.
between the Quijos Valley to Tena
|Sideways boof, another classic run for Ecuador's whitewater.|
|put in rapid|
|Gorgeous tropical jungle paddling|
|kayaking out of the cave rapid on the first day of the Hollin whitewater expedition style|
Below Tena, the Rio Hollin joins the Misahualli and the run becomes a Class IV big-water, pool-drop river with lots of playing, wonderful rain forest and one tricky portage. The river offers boatable flows of between 200 and 7,000 cfs.
|Lower Mis, great big water kayaking in Ecuador|
|Lower Miss, Casanova rapid (Portage) Ecuador Whitewater|
Rio Tena class III/IV creeking(upper)
Rio Pano class IV
this run can be run at pretty high levels, short and sweet you can paddle out back in town, if it rained all night in Tena this river will be in, you want it big and brown in town to be good upstream.
|Pano River in Tena- Ecuador|
|The put in for an amazing day of kayaking in Tena-Ecuador.|
Rio Jatunyacu, Class III BIG WATER FUN
|Big Water FUN|
|Jatun Yacu = Big Water in Ecuador Quichua|
Piatua River class III/IV (CLASSIC)
Upper Anzu: Hit it at high water and it will be one of the most fun rivers ever, if everything is low, is really good as well, the begining turns into a little mission til you reach the middle section and let the fun beggin.
it starts pretty mellow allowing you to warm up for what's to come after the first 45 minutes, Huge endless wave trains with massive holes you can punch through.
A Classic on the whitewater guidebook.
Baños Area: At 6,000 feet, this part of Ecuador has a special feel; the water and air are cooler than in lower-elevation parts of Ecuador, and there are fewer bugs.
For more information go to the river guide page.
The lower being more steep and technical than the upper section with big drops and waterfalls.