Everyone’s stoked that we’re back in Ecuador!
Tim taking the bull by the horns in El Toro
The gang at San Rafael Falls
Neal and Justin shredding it up
Even on a jungle side hike we found our way back to the water
The beginner kayakers stop to enjoy a scenic waterfall on the Jatunyacu
We think we may have created some monsters – or at least kayakers. After the day of instruction, most of the “rafters” opted to get in kayaks whenever they could. We’d do a morning of difficult rapids in the raft, and then hop into kayaks in the afternoon on easier stretches. By the end of the week, Neal even ran “Curvas Peligrosas” on the Bombon section of the Quijos.
Beth and Shannan enjoy the reward for a hard days work
At the end of the week there was a big celebration and rafting races on the Quijos river right out in front of our lodge. Half of the group wanted to keep kayaking, and half decided that we needed to represent in the Quijos Rafting Championships. Since no other gringo team was entered, we borrowed the “Team USA” name and came in third. There were cash prizes on the line, so the competition was actually pretty steep. The Ecuadorian national team came in first, and they were a very impressive team.
“Team USA” in the rafting slalom
It was quite the scene over the weekend – beer tents, food vendors and dancing. Their were three disciplines in the rafting race: Downriver, Slalom and head to head sprint. The sprints were probably the most fun as they were single elimination heats, but the biggest crowd draw was probably the bikini contest. In fact the awards ceremony for the rafting got delayed because the bikini contest went over. We all had a great time, enjoying the nature and rivers of Ecuador, plus the culture and festivals!
Neal thinks YOU should come to Ecuador with SWA!