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Rafting in Tena, Ecuador

Looking for the right mix of safety and adrenaline? Come to Tena for the best whitewater rafting in Ecuador. Enjoy a day of excitement and fun on clean rivers with experienced and licensed guides.

A group of travellers tackle a rapid in their raft on the Amazon river.

The rivers that flow down the Ecuadorian Andes are some of the most exciting rafting rivers in the world.

The River Napo is known locally as the Jatunyacu River, which in the Kichwa language translates as “big water”. A great trip for both beginners and experts alike with the perfect combination of rapids, landscapes and the Ecuadorian jungle. As one of the tributaries of the powerful Amazon River, this is one of those adventures that you can’t miss!

Let’s go Rafting!

Season: Class  III 27 km all year, Class IV 23 km from September to end of January
Price per person: Class III $65 (minimum 2 persons), Class IV $85 (minimum 4 persons)


All equipment

English-speaking, certified rafting guide and safety kayaker

Transportation to and from the river

Lunch (vegetarian available)

There are three difficulty levels accessible from Tena.

Class II for families
Class III (for adults – most popular)
Class IV (for experienced rafters)

Minimum age is generally 12 years old.

What to bring:

You’re going to get wet!

Come dressed in a swimsuit or shorts and t-shirt and wear sandals you can fasten or light sneakers/trainers.

Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.

Bring a towel and dry change of clothes for after the trip.

You’ll also need your passport number.

Optional – waterproof camera or GoPro for some amazing shots!

Your guide will be able to take small belongings in a dry bag and larger items can be left with the driver.


The trip starts at 9am at the Raft Amazonia office at Av. 15 de Noviembre y Cesar Augusto Rueda. (We can also pick you up from your hotel/hostel if you prefer).

We then head to the LLanganates Nacional Park and after around 45 minutes we arrive at Cando, our Kichwa community in the jungle.

Your guide then gives you the equipment (life jackets, helmets, paddles, etc.) and a full safety talk on the banks of the river and demonstrates the paddling techniques needed for navigating downstream.

Once everyone is ready the boat, you’ll set off with your guide and soon come to, Pimpilala – one of the biggest adrenaline rushes of the trip. The fun continues as you splash through waves of white-water, exploring jungle canyons and taking a dip in the refreshing waters of the river as you go.

During the trip we stop at a beach by the river for a delicious picnic lunch.

As the trip ends, we bring the rafts to the side of the river, where the truck is waiting with dry clothes!

A 10-minute drive brings us back to Tena for around 3 or 4 pm.

Any questions? See our FAQs or contact us.

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