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Kayak Ecuador with the most experienced team in South America!

If you want to come kayak in Ecuador and have the best week of paddling of your life, look no further. Small World Adventures wrote the book on kayaking in Ecuador (literally)! We guarantee that we’ll send you home tired and happy after seven days of paddling Ecuador’s world class rivers. So what’s stopping you? Come kayak Ecuador!

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Why paddle with Small World Adventures?

Current Conservation Efforts for Kayaking in Ecuador

Small World Adventures raised over $16,600 for the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute this summer with our Save the Piatua Fundraiser and gear giveaway. We love kayaking in Ecuador and we want to do everything we can to keep our rivers free-flowing. Our annual 1% for the Planet contribution also goes to the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute. We always encourage people to come kayak Ecuador because the more we can show the government that tourism is a sustainable and viable industry, the better off Ecuador’s rivers will be.


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Our Passion: Kayaking (especially kayaking in Ecuador)

What draws us to the river is a combination of our love of the sport of kayaking, the enjoyment we get out of visiting new places, and the privilege we find in getting access to remote river canyons that only a handful of human beings will ever be fortunate enough to see. For us, kayaking is a sport that gives our lives meaning, fills us with happiness, and reminds us to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.

Our Mission: To share our passion with as many of you as possible

Small World Adventures is made up of a group of people dedicated to the outdoors, to river conservation, and to spreading the love of whitewater kayaking. Our lives are enriched by our time on the river, and we hope to spread these feelings to as many people as possible. We feel our best while on the water, and we want to help you to achieve your best as well.

Our vision: Protect our natural places for future generations by spreading a passion for, and knowledge of, these places

Through our commitment to 1% for the planet, The Ecuadorian Rivers Institute, and American Whitewater we support and encourage the protection of our world’s most wild places. Our hope is that people will be able to enjoy them for generations to come, and we feel it’s our job to protect them and promote awareness and compassion for these places.

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What you’ll get when you kayak Ecuador with Small World Adventures

Are you a serious paddler looking for a seriously awesome kayaking vacation? We get that, and that’s why we work so hard to make sure that you get the most out of your week of kayaking in Ecuador. SWA owners spend four to five months each winter kayaking in Ecuador, and many of our guides live in Ecuador. After so many years of paddling Ecuador’s rivers, we know each run at each water level ridiculously well, which means we’ll get you seven days of the best whitewater that Ecuador has to offer. After all, we wrote The Kayaker’s Guide to Ecuador, so you know you’ll be in good hands. Come join us!

Recent Testimonials for Kayaking in Ecuador with SWA

“Our trip with SWA was nothing short of spectacular. Don and the crew did a great job of keeping everyone engaged on the river without scaring us. The paddling was world class, and the accommodations and food were top notch. A perfect blend of adventure and vacation.” Jack, December 2019

“I have taken various trips for kayaking outside the USA, and this one BY FAR has been the best. It was a great boating experience and cultural experience. Our guides Don, Larry, and Andres were 10 out of 10! Darcy was extremely helpful for any questions that came up. I couldn’t ask for a better trip.” Jamie, November 2019

“I couldn’t be more happy with my experience with Small World. Best kayak trip in Ecuador of my life!” Ryan, November 2019.

“Just sign up!  Don and Darcy’s river knowledge in Ecuador is incredible and well worth every penny.” Eric, February 2019

“An amazing combination of 20+ years experience and new guide enthusiasm!  SWA is absolutely the people to kayak with in Ecuador, or any place in the world!” John, February 2019

“The instruction was superb and I’m definitely leaving as a stronger paddler.  Thank you!” Stephanie, from Intro to Creeking trip, January 2019.

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Who’s in Charge?

As of 2016, Don and Darcy are back as owner-operators of Small World Adventures. SWA has been guiding whitewater kayaking trips in Ecuador since 1993 and we are honored to carry on the tradition that we started with whitewater kayaking pioneer Larry Vermeeren. Come let us show you the amazing rivers of Ecuador. If you come in November, you can also paddle with Larry–SWA founder, guide, badass and ambassador-at-large.

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1% For The Planet

SWA is a proud member of 1% for the Planet. As a business, we know our actions impact the world, and we are doing our best to make sure we leave a positive legacy.