Barefoot Expeditions: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Peru Travel Adventures

Whitewater Rafting on Toachi/Blanco Rivers

We depart from Quito at 7:00 AM for the Santo Domingo area southwest of the capital, which will take us about two-and-a-half hours. We reach our put-in near the town of Santo Domingo amid the cloudforest, and after our safety briefing, we navigate up to 30 kilometers of some of the best whitewater west of the Andes!


07h00    Pick up from the hotel. Drive to Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas.
10h00    Arrive to the put in. Safety talk and paddle practice.
11h00    Rafting starts.
13h00    Snacks, Rafting continues.
14h30    Rafting finishes, riverside lunch buffet.
16h00    Drive back to Quito.
19h00    Arrive to Quito.  Drop off at the hotel.

Depending on water levels, our rafting adventure should take us about three to four hours. On our way, we’ll encounter an abundance of bird life, and possibly spot a family of the Southern River Otter. We enjoy a delicious lunch on the river, as well as a cold drink at the end of our run. Then we head back to Quito, arriving in the late afternoon.

This is a full day tour on moderate Class III+ rapids


  • Specialized rafting guides
  • Complete rafting gear: Raft, Paddle, Helmet, Life jacket, Spray jacket
  • Private transport from/to Quito
  • Riverside lunch, snacks and beverages

What to Bring?

  • Towel • River sandals (no flip flops) or trainers that can get wet • Bathing suit / shorts • Quick drying shorts and shirt • Dry clothes to change after the rafting • Sun screen • Insect repellent • Cash for extra expenses or tips



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    As one of our main highlights for our 3 1/2 weeks Ecuador travel we wanted to go for a Galapagos cruise and found Barefoot Expeditions through tripadvisor as a well recommended agency with great personal service. The agency, located in Quito, is owned by Diego and Kerstin and their web page gives a good taste of their service.