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Whitewater Rafting Guide To River Trips

Toachi River

Location: Santo Domingo region, 3 hours from Quito

There are two sections on the Toachi River, the Upper and Lower, and they are both located just a few hours from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The Toachi River is the most popular rafting destination in Ecuador because of its close proximity to an international airport. It flows through a sub-tropical forest on the western (coastal) side of the Andes Mountains.

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Level of Difficulty: Class III / Beginner

The rapids on this lowlands river are an excellent introduction to whitewater. There are big splashes and fun drops, but rafting on the Toachi River is not overly challenging. Depending on the water levels, the Toachi River can increase in difficulty.

Scenery: Plenty of wildlife in a beautiful canyon

The brightly colored flowers create a vibrant backdrop for Toachi rafting trips. River otters can be spotted playing around and tall palm trees line the canyon.

Season: Year-round

Like many of Ecuador’s rivers, rafting trips on the Toachi are available throughout the year, depending on water levels.