Darcy Gaechter grew up skiing and adventuring in Aspen, Colorado. In 1996, she became a river guide and has been guiding kayaking and rafting trips ever since. Darcy is the first and only woman to kayak the Amazon River from source to sea. Check her adventure/memoir about the experience-Amazon Woman and learn what it took for her to shed all the “supposed to’s” in life in order to follow her passions. For the past fifteen years, she has been considered one of the world’s best female kayakers and one of the most accomplished expedition kayakers. She has won whitewater kayaking races throughout the world, and has participated in and led kayaking expeditions in 18 different countries. In addition, she has been a kayak, raft and adventure travel guide for two decades and has owned and operated two kayak guiding businesses. Of all the countries she has paddled in, Ecuador is hands down her favorite. She’s spent countless hours on the rivers she loves in Ecuador, has notched a few first descents and even wrote The Kayaker’s Guide to Ecuador. Check out her website to hear some recent interviews about the Amazon expedition!
What year did you start kayaking? 1996
How many countries have you paddled in? 18
Advice for people coming to Ecuador? Even if you can’t go kayaking before your trip to Ecuador, try to get in the best shape you can. We have 7 full days of paddling planned for you and the biggest thing that usually holds people back is that they get too tired by the end of the week. Start doing those push-ups now!