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