Andres Charpentier was born and raised in Quito, and is now a resident of Tena. Andres is a professional, dedicated kayaker and guide. @andrescharpentier says, “I got into kayaking after a couple of years of raft guiding. It was after one of the old-school guides said to a bunch of us, “a raft guide who can’t kayak is not a raft guide.” I know it’s kind of stupid, but this got stuck in my head, and so I knew I had to learn how to kayak. Now, after 10 years and lots of swimming practice, I have become an accomplished kayaker. I am excited to be paddling and guiding with the SWA team, as this gives me a chance show new paddlers from around the world my home rivers. For me, kayaking is a fun and challenging way to travel, make new friends, overcome fears, and improve my problem-solving skills.” Andres, thanks for being part of our team! Your energy is boundless, your passion for kayaking is FULL and your eagerness to help people enjoy the rivers of Ecuador is world class.