"I just couldn´t believe those waterfalls"
Matt Horder, New Zealand"


On a journey down the Upano we witness the many moods and changing character of a jungle river. Passing through territory of the indigenous Shuar the river gathers force before plunging through the magnificent Namangosa gorge and on towards the Amazon.

THE GORGE RUN - through Namangosa Gorge

A journey down the Río Upano is a very special experience. Rafting the Upano we witness the many moods and changing character of a jungle river.

We set off on a shallow and braided river having to choose a route where the waters divide into numerous channels. The pace steadily increases until the river plunges into the magnificent Namangosa Gorge. Here we tackle rapids up to grade IV+ in the midst of virgin rainforest and the spectacle of dozens of waterfalls cascading from the lip of the gorge.

Finally, the river broadens and deepens to become a calm but powerful giant on it´s way to meet the Río Amazonas.

One of the highlights of this trip is the night we spend camped by a Shuar settlement. Here we have the opportunity to visit a traditional farm and learn about the Shuar way of life.


Day 1
Morning flight from Quito to Macas. On arrival at the river we begin with a comprehensive safety briefing and instruction in paddling techniques, before rafting    down to camp.
Day 2-4
Then we´ll launch our rafts - laden with camping equipment and fresh supplies - onto       the jungle waters. During the days we´ll take time out from the action to explore the edge of the jungle, venture up to cascading waterfalls or simply drift through the calmer stretches in awe at our surroundings. At night we´ll camp on sandy beaches by the side of the river and enjoy an excellent meal in this most extraordinary 'restaurant'.
Day 5
We raft a short distance from our final camp to the take-out point and drive back to Macas for the afternoon flight to Quito.



Mondays from October to March. Ask about our special Christmas and New Year trips. NB. These trips fill up early.


US$ 749 per person with 4-6 full paying passengers, $649 with 7-12 fpp.


Professional guides, complete rafting and group camping equipment, delicious meals from lunch Day 1 to lunch Day 5, twin share tent accommodation, transport ex Macas, and fun all the way!

Not included  Return airfare Quito-Macas (aprox. US$ 140), sleeping bag and pad (available for rent if you don't have your own), personal items, tips.

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