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About Us at Raft Amazonia

Raft Amazonia (registered as Hakmatecuad Travel SA) was founded in 2010 by the Andi family – an indigenous Kichwa family of the Amazon from Tena, Ecuador. This website, gives a way of communicating directly with travellers who support sustainable tourism and are looking for an authentic jungle or exciting white-water experience.

All of the Raft Amazonia family smiling for the camera in front of Luis's taxi.

Sustainable, eco-tourism gives us the unique opportunity of conserving the forest and the river which have supported our community for thousands of years. We are passionate about preserving the way of life that we were born raised in and that passion drives our commitment to run the most enjoyable, safe, and high quality trips available in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Less than an hour into the Amazon forest from the small town of Tena, our traditional, rustic cabins sit on the banks of the rushing Jatun-yacu River. Located in one of the most bio diverse areas in the world, they provide a fantastic base for exploration and adventure and give the opportunity of experiencing life in a Kichwa family.

Jungle trekking in ancient forests, lagoon swimming, waterfall climbing, learning about the natural plant life of the forest, chocolate making (and eating!) and river rafting are just some of the activities and excursions on offer.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Meet The Team

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Our Rafting Guides

Our professional, certified and friendly guides speak English, Spanish and Kichwa and are approved by the Ministry of Tourism and the Mingai Foundation – Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA). Their training includes first aid, CPR and river rescue and exceeds standards set by the International Rafting Federation (IRF), and the American Canoe Association.

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Eduardo – Head Guide

Born and brought up next to the Jatunyacu River, Eduardo has been rafting on the river since he was a teenager and welcoming visitors to the family’s cabins since he was a child. He speaks excellent English and can give you lots of advice for your trip in Tena and other parts of Ecuador.

Maria

Maria – Head Chef

As mother of 10 and grandmother to over 20 (so far!) Maria is an expert at cooking traditional Kichwa dishes. You’ll love her rice dishes, soups and traditional jungle breakfasts.

Eduardo Senior

Eduardo Sr. – Jungle Guide

Eduardo Sr. has been welcoming visitors to the Amazon for over 30 years. His knowledge of the local area, wildlife and plant life is huge. He enjoys meeting people and sharing his knowledge with them.

Enrique

Enrique – Jungle Guide

Enrique loves the traditional way of life, and grows cacao and yuca to sell locally. He loves taking with visitors about the medicinal plants around the cabins, and particularly about the interesting effects of ayahuasca.

Luis

Luis Velos – Driver

Luis is our friendly and dependable driver who gives us a ride to the jungle or the river!

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The children

When they aren’t at school, the children of the family love interacting with the tourists that they meet. They love learning your name and where you’re from. Teach them some English or practice your Spanish (or Kichwa) and introduce yourself to them!

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