The team is assembled once again in Ecuador. Don, Larry, Darcy, Chris, Hilary, Eduardo, Lili, Memo, and Hector are all together again in Borja getting ready for our upcoming season. We spent the last month paddling great rivers in the northwest, and while it was a little hard to leave, I must admit that putting the drysuit and poggies into storage for the winter was a wonderful feeling.
Here in Ecuador, we’ve busted out our shorties and sunscreen and hit the rivers for a week of exploration before our season starts.
Darcy G. Rio Urqusiqui
Chris T. on the Rio Jondachi
So far, we haven’t found any major changes (the Jondachi and Misahualli had already had their big floods before we left last year), but we did find many small, subtle differences in the rapids. For the most part, we think things of changed for the better, many rapids seem cleaner than they used to.
Small World’s Kayak Fleet–we’ve got over 60 kayaks!
We’ve also been busy preparing the lodge for the upcoming trips–Eduardo’s got the gardens looking outstanding, Don, Chris and Hilary have our kayak fleet all ready to hit the rivers, and Larry the grounds (the cabins, yoga pilapa, and trail to the river) in tip top shape.
Darcy G. Rio Quijos
Besides being back on the rivers, we are all psyched to be back in Ecuador in general. We’ve already enjoyed mountain views, otter and watusi sightings, Lili’s amazing cooking, and many friendly smiles from our neighbors.
We are all looking forward to a season full of great kayaking trips; and after our bus got stuck in fresh sand on the Via Tena we are particularly looking forward to driving around the country in our Sprinter with Memo behind the wheel! But mostly we can’t wait to show people what amazing rivers Ecuador has to offer.
Stay tuned into the blog for trip reports throughout our season.