The Upper Rio Napo is also known locally as the Rio Jatunyacu, which means “BIG WATER” in Quichua.

1 Day – 25km – Itinerary

The trip begins at 8.30am. About ten minutes outside Tena town we cross the Napo river, one of the principal tributaries of the colossal Amazon, and continue for about another thirty minutes south into the jungle.

Once we arrive at the river you will be fitted out with a life jacket and helmet and the trip leader will give the group a comprehensive safety briefing. The group will then be divided into teams and your team will be introduced to your guide. Your guide will train you in the paddling techniques needed to navigate your way down the river, revise your safety equipment, and securely stow any items you bring along like sunscreen or a small camera. Then it’s off onto the jungle waters for a day that contrasts furious paddling down fun, bouncy rapids and moments of quiet contemplation of the beauty of the passing jungle.

During the trip we’ll stop at a riverside beach for a delicious picnic lunch that includes fresh tropical fruits and is served with soft drinks, juice and water. At the end of the trip we celebrate a great day out with a few ice-cold beers or sodas. The drive from the take- out back to Tena takes about ten minutes. Arrival time is approximately 4pm but maybe earlier or later depending on the river level.


  • International Rafting Federation-certified guides.
  • Top-of-the-line rafting equipment.
  • Sit-on-top kayak.
  • Transportation from Tena to the river and back.
  • Riverside lunch.
  • Celebratory beers or sodas.
  • Unsurpassed safety.


  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips

65 USD per person (Minimum 2 people)

What to bring:

  • Swimsuit/shorts, T-shirt, tennis shoes/river sandals
  • Sunglasses (with retention strap), baseball cap
  • Sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Towel, dry change of clothes

No previous rafting experience is necessary. Minimum age is generally 12 years but goes up to 15 years during the high water months from May to August.

Any day.

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