Ecuador is a whitewater paradise…perfect for a rafting trip! Before coming here, I had never thought about whitewater rafting before: don’t get me wrong, I am not a coward. I love rollercoasters with lots of loopings, and I would consider myself as very open to trying new stuff and adventurous. But a rollercoaster ride does not bear any risks – being in a Wildwater river without knowing what might expect me to let my adrenaline rise without having even started the trip ;-) But well, if you travel you don’t only want to do stuff you already know, but challenge yourself, fight against your fears and do something you’ve never done before! So for me, there was no alternative: I booked the rafting trip :-) On Saturday morning, I got up at 5:45 am to be on time at the meeting point in La Mariscal, Quito’s tourist area. At 7 am, I headed off towards Santo Domingo in the West of Ecuador to the rivers Toachi / Blanco with an Irish couple and our two Ecuadorian guide Diego and Tuti. The 3-hour-bus ride to the river was already a great experience – along the curvy street, I was fascinated by the beautiful landscape which was slowly changing the closer we got to the coast – more palm trees along the road and the climate was getting more and more tropical. At the starting point of our trip, the guides pumped up the boat at high speed, and we tried on our helmets and life jackets. After a short safety talk and explanation about everything that might happen in the river and how we have to behave in these situations, I felt kind of scary looking at the river, which from my point of view, seemed REALLY wild…OMG, what have I
Ecuador is a whitewater paradise…perfect for a rafting trip! Before coming here, I had never thought about whitewater rafting before: don’t get me wrong, I am not a coward. I
As the year came to an end, Bryan Rubin and some of his friends took part in a Barefoot Expeditions Adventure. Bryan kindly provided an account of his adventure experience with Barefoot as well as some pictures of the exciting trip they took. Please read on to learn about a Barefoot Expeditions Adventure told from a customer's perspective. Bryan Rubin lives in New York City. Thanks to Bryan for sharing this with us! "Our trip with Barefoot Expeditions began in Quito, as Carolina and Diego arrived to pick us up (me and three friends) at our local hotel. After driving up and out of town, we geared up for the mountain bike ride on a field high above Quito. While getting ready, we met the four others who would be riding with us towards Bellavista, and we soon started tearing down the road. On the way down, we descended dirt roads through lush landscapes in and out of the clouds, biked through small villages, passed wandering Alpacas and dodged potholes, and overly excited dogs. The weather was overcast and cool, with intermittent rain a perfect day for some biking. Carolina guided us down the trails while Diego followed with our gear in the pickup truck, which was very handy as the weather conditions shifted quickly: sun, clouds, and then rain. The hardest rain started falling about 15 minutes before lunch, and it was perfect timing as we came upon a riverside shelter where Diego and Carolina prepared a feast for the group: rolls and bread for sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, avocado and hearts of palm, plantain and yucca chips, fruit, swirl cake and bon-bons. After lunch, we completed the downhill ride into another small town at the base of a 6km road that leads (almost straight) up to the Bellavista Lodge.
As the year came to an end, Bryan Rubin and some of his friends took part in a Barefoot Expeditions Adventure. Bryan kindly provided an account of his adventure experience