The Upper Rio Napo is also known as the Rio Jatunyacu, which means “BIG WATER” in Quichua. “Big” is probably the best word to describe this river – BIG WAVES and BIG FUN! A great trip for both beginners and experts alike, it has the perfect combination of exciting rapids, calm pools, and fabulous jungle scenery to delight everybody. This is a rafting adventure that includes native communities, clean water, Amazon jungle,  that should not be passed up!

Soft adventure to enjoy the scenery and nature, class II-III River



Tena, pick up from the hotel or meet up at the Tena Malecon in front of Cafe Tortuga.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 8:15 AM for a prompt departure at 8:30 AM. You can have breakfast in the cafe is really good.
RETURN TIME Approximately 4:30 PM. back to Tena.
COST $ 75 USD per person
WEAR  On the River: Quick-dry shorts/bathing suit
Synthetic shirt for warmth and sun protection
Sturdy footwear – sandals with straps (no flip-flops), sneakers, wetsuit boots
Hat with a brim to protect the face from the sun
Sunglasses with retainer strap
Avoid all cotton clothing, as cotton gets cold when wet
Wear/Bring After the Trip: Set of dry clothes, shoes, and socks – warmer gear if cool temperatures after the trip.
Bag for wet clothes
What To Take in the Raft: Small tube of sunscreen that fits in a pocket
Water bottles – preferably with carabiners to attach to raft
Professional instructor Life Jackets, helmets and paddles.
Transport from Tena to the river and back All rafting Gear
Pictures of the trip.
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Rafting on the Jatunyacu is one of the best activities in the area, the water comes from the Glacier of the Cotopaxi Volcano, passing through the pristine forest of Los Llanganates to end up on the mystic Amazon river, the trip is probably one of the best rafting trips on the planet due to the pristine area, warm weather, native cultures on the way, safety and guides.


8.30 AM – 10.00 AM: Pick Up

Pick up from the Hotel or the meeting point in Cafe Tortuga and depart.


10.00 AM – 11.00 PM: Gear preparation, safety talk, paddling practice

Once we get to the put-in we start preparing the gear inflating the boats while the paddlers can change their clothes, guides have all set to start with the safety talk and then we head to the river to start the practice of command strokes


11.00 PM – 4.00 PM: Rafting

Now is when the action starts, we run the river starting with a big rapid called Pimpilala where we hit some big waves


4.00 PM – 5.00 PM: Return

After an awesome day we reach the end where the cars are waiting for us with some cold drinks, pack everything and back to Tena


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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
August 23, 2018

Amazing family adventure in Ecuador – Barefoot rocks!

We spent a good amount of time looking for a travel agent / tour operator that would serve the needs and style of travel for our family. Kerstin and Diego were perfect. They took the time to understand our family’s culture then design a wonderful vacation for us.

Kerstin was very organized and timely with all communications which was critical for the very tight and action packed vacation. Everything went according to plan and we have experienced an unforgettable visit to Ecuador. These guys get it. They take the time to do it right… Every hotel (we had a 5 different hotels) was carefully picked and became an experienced of its own.

As for water rafting, Diego knows his stuff. Equipment was top notch, we were safe, yet my kids had a blast with him.

Our vacation took us to Quito, Mindo, and then Galapagos…

Kerstin and Diego – thank you!!

October 4, 2019

I am really happy with Services from Barefoot Expeditions.

March 30, 2020

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