White Water Rafting in the Amazon

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 14, 2010

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

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Day 43 – Sunday 6 June

Having studied for 5 weeks I felt it was time for a week off. I decided to go and explore Ecuador for a week and return to the school the following Monday. So today I travelled to Tena, 5 hours by bus from Quito. Thankfully the buses here in Ecuador are fairly nice coaches and you get a seat.

Walking around Tena was quite amusing because the main street is being replaced and is currently fully of diggers and workmen, who you have to walk around to get anywhere. The HSE in England would have a field day!

Day 44 – Monday 7 June

Rafting! Today was fantastic. I did a 38km class 4 trip with "River People" in Tena (www.riverpeoplerafting.com). The trip starts on the Jondachi River which then joins the Hollin round about lunch time.

The views were fantastic. I think you probably get further into the pristine jungle on this rafting tour than on a lot of the actual jungle trips people go on. The primary rainforest on each side of the river for the whole trip was pretty spectacular and I lost count of the number of waterfalls we passed along the way. We stopped off at some of them too for a back massage.

We had about 5 hours on the river with a mix of class 3 and 4 rapids. It was really good fun with lots of sections of decent rapids. We also tried jumping the raft over some of the big rocks in the river. Someone fell in each time but that was fine as we had a safety kayaker with us who could go and collect you if you floated away from the raft.

We had a big cool box and table strapped into the raft and the burritos were very welcome come lunch time.

A fantastic day! The rafting in Tena is one of the reasons that I chose to study in Ecuador.

Sadly I don't have a waterproof camera so the photos are a little limited.

Day 45 – Tuesday 8 June

Having received confirmation from the Fundecoipa foundation, I travelled south to Puyo today, ready to start the jungle adventure the next day. I really liked Puyo as it had a great little but busy town atmosphere to it. The hotel was also pretty cool with cable TV, complete with Friends in English!
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