If you are thinking about great adventure attractions, South America stands on the top of the list with many chances and locations for those willing to have the inherent thrill and fervor of adventure tourism. On the list of various options, white water rafting is very popular and there are many prominent and suitable areas in Argentina and Ecuador in order to embark on river rafting activities.
Touring in Ecuador
Ecuador has many rivers to raft on. A large number of trips have their starting point at Quito or Tena, both these locations can be approached from the capital city in just a few hours of travelling time. The number of days of the tours varies so you can find something that will match your plan.
One of the rivers, the Toachi, is located around three hours out of Quito. Rafting in Toachi river goes on all throughout the year. Then there are other rivers like Blanco and Quijos, both of them situated nearly three hours from Quito and have expedition seasons lying in the zone of February to June and October to February respectively.
Going away from Tena you have choices such as Jatunyacu and Misahualli. Jatunyacu expeditions are carried all year round but October to March is the best time period for going to Misahualli. It is always worth checking around on the safety of the river you desire to run if you’re going during the rainy season which extends from March to September. During heavy rains some rivers are totally closed for navigation while in others only experienced rafters will be able to navigate. Tena is also the departing point for the Rio Napo and a number of Class IV and V rivers so this is probably the best place to go if rafting is the focal point of your trip.
There is also rafting available in the Upano Valley. To get here, you will start out from Macas that is located about 10 hours by bus from Quito. It’s also likely to fly there. The Namangosa Gorge provides some amazing rafting with a wide variety of waterfalls however they are Class IV and require expertise and also strong swimming ability. The best time to go there would be during the period ranging from September to February.
There are plenty of rivers to raft in Argentina and you can find many that can be enjoyed on day trips so they are easy to include with some other sites of interest. Many look at rafting and water adventure possibilities in Argentina as ideal training grounds for beginners as most of the rivers fall within low grades and rafting can be done very easily.
The best places for river rafting are on the Mendoza and Atuel rivers. Mendoza has everything on offer and beginners can enhance their rafting skills in Grade II and III spots while gurus can have maximum thrill in Grade IV rafting spots. Near San Rafael, also in the Mendoza Province, there is the Atuel River. Beginners will find good options here too. If you are the type of person who enjoys both action and leisure activities, you can easily blend this with the wine tasting offered in this region.
Adventure tourists will definitely move towards Patagonia that has several thrilling trekking opportunities on offer. Here you can also find a number of rivers to raft on, with varying levels of difficulty. Masno river trips have mixed locations consisting of Class III and IV rapids. Down south you have the Corcovado River consisting of Grade II and III rapids.
Los Sosa River lies in the northern part of Argentina and it is best for experienced rafters. This one provides plenty of hurdles to make life interesting, including Grade V whirlpools. Another good river for veteran rafters is Pueblo Viejo. Beginners that find themselves in the north will want to look to the Juramento River which is situated in Salta.
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