About SWA

Kayak Ecuador with the best! SWA has been leading adventure kayaking trips in South America since 1993.


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At Small World Adventures, we paddle each of the seven days you are with us. We realize that you came to kayak Ecuador and that is what we do. You will be out on the water every day while still squeezing in time to relax and enjoy the culture.
Small World Adventures has the logistics dialed so all you have to worry about is kayaking. Our incredible team of guides, cooks, drivers, and hotel staff work hard to give you the kayaking vacation of a lifetime!

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SWA’s  owners and guides are committed to Ecuador and committed to kayaking. We spend 4-6 months paddling in Ecuador each year. This means we intimately know each run at each of the varying water levels that we see throughout the season. River levels in Ecuador are some of the most dynamic anywhere in the world.  Be assured that we’ll know the lines on every stretch of river we do whether the water is low, medium or booming! Using our knowledge gained over the past two decades, on over 18 rivers and 35 different sections at our disposal, we’ll get you on the right river for the day.

If your goal is to kayak some of the best rivers in South America, you’ll love a paddling vacation to Ecuador with Small World Adventures!

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Kayak Seven Days on Ecuador’s Rivers

We love showing our guests the culture and beauty of the Andes and Amazon basin and we are especially well known for our passion for kayaking. You can paddle every day of your trip—that means you’ll get 7 days of paddling in your week-long vacation in Ecuador!  Ecuador’s rivers are all close together, so you won’t spend too much time in the car. But don’t worry, we also make time for cultural excursions such as trips to local markets, evening soccer games with the locals, and Empanada stops on the way home from kayaking.Kayak Ecuador, kayaking in Ecuador, kayak ecuador, ecuador paddling, padding south america, kayaking south america


SWA’s chefs specialize in creating meals to satisfy hungry kayakers. They can cater to virtually any food request from vegan to gluten-free. You’ll enjoy a great blend of local and imported meals. For example:

  • Spanish Omelets
  • Pollo Frittata (a traditional Ecuador Highlands meal that consists of slowly cooked chicken in local spices and is accompanied by cheese-filled potato pancakes)
  • Coconut Curry vegetables on a bed of Quinoa (another food from the Andes)

While we are in Tena, we eat at the town’s best restaurants.  You can have a steak one night and an “Ecuadorian Bowl” the next.


We know that a good, comfortable night sleep is important on your kayaking vacation, so we’ve chosen the best for you. Small World Adventures bases out of the Luxor hotel in Borja—the nicest hotel in the Quijos Valley! The Luxor has large, spacious rooms with private bathrooms. It has brand new, firm mattresses, good pillows, hot showers, and wifi. There is also a hot tub, steam room, sauna and pool at the hotel. If your muscles are tired after a long day of kayaking, a soak in the hot tub will do you good.

While in Tena, we stay at the Los Yutzos hotel located right on the banks of the Pano River.  The Yutzos is within easy walking distance of all the “city” amenities that Tena offers: bars, souvenir shops, ATM machines, local markets, massage therapists, ice cream shops and more! However, the Yutzos is far enough from the city center that it is typically quiet at night. The hotel also has air conditioner which you may want for your stay in Tena were daytime temperatures are typically in the high-80’s, low 90’s with close to 100% humidity.   Read more about our lodging and food here.

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Your safety on and off the river is our top concern. Our team of drivers are the best in Ecuador. Their vehicles are new, clean and well-maintained. All SWA drivers love speaking Spanish (or Spanglish) to guests. They are eager to help you with anything you need. Memo Bonilla is our head driver. Besides being safe and conscientious, Memo is an avid bird watcher. He is also a great Spanish teacher and all and all an invaluable member of the SWA team.

Modern Kayak Fleet

Our modern fleet is another thing that sets SWA apart. We bring new models down each year to keep our boats fresh so you can paddle in a boat you know or test drive some of the latest kayak models.

Trips of All Levels

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Our trips have been written up in Kayak Session Magazine, Outside Magazine, Paddler Magazine, and Canoe and Kayak Magazine. They continue to amaze both our new and return guests each season. Come paddle with the foremost experts on Ecuador’s Whitewater!

We immediately fell in love with Ecuador. The whitewater, the landscape, and the people are simply amazing; we are confident you will love it too.

Small World Adventures invites you to look into where you could be kayaking this winter. Take a few moments to check out our information, and you will see our level of commitment to kayaking in Ecuador, it’s what we do.

Kayak Ecuador today!