The small town of Had, located southeast of Quito, is famous for its lush vegetation and the relaxed pace of life of its people that immediately infects the traveler. But the main attraction of the place is its proximity to several whitewater rivers that extend through the area.
Many travelers eager for adventure to put the adrenaline through the clouds find there what they were looking for: the possibility of doing rafting Y kayaking in rivers of clean, wild waters and framed in the incomparable Ecuadorian jungle.
The adventure that I lived in the descent of the Jondachi and Hollin rivers - level 4- that I made there I assure you that I will never forget. Since then I only think about returning to cross the other rivers and finish the one I left halfway through.
These activities - along with some more lights as a walk through the jungle and lodge accommodations - they are the economic engine of the town. Tourists come here in search of strong sensations and that has allowed the proliferation of restaurants, bars, hostels and guest houses.
The two adventure agencies The main ones you can find in Tena are:
- Ecuador Rivers: It is the most famous in the area and mentioned in the Lonely Planet. It seems that it was founded by an Englishman and an Australian but now only the Australian follows after the English sold him his share and founded another agency. They comment that for a few years the business has been declining and the owner has left it in the hands of local people. The prices are somewhat more expensive than their competitors and offer descents in almost all the rivers in the area, in addition to kayaking courses. The truth is that the uncle who attended us was a heavy nose.
- River people: Founded by the English part of Ríos Ecuador, River People is a family business with less tradition and experience than its competitor (although they are also mentioned in the Lonely). Although their children were born in Ireland, the whole family has been established in Ecuador for many years and they love that land as if it were their place of birth. With them we hired the descent and the truth is that they behaved great and we had a great time (despite the adventures we suffered). They speak English and Spanish and a full-day rafting trip down the river leaves for about $ 60 per person (includes transportation, equipment and food and drink). In recent years this company is in fashion and receives much better reviews than Ríos Ecuador. They also offer kayaking courses and their price varies according to the number of people attending.
There are other smaller scattered all over the same area - right next to the bridge that crosses the town's river, it has no loss - that offer similar adventures but with less preparation and security.
There are also agencies in Quito that take you from the capital to Tena, but if you have time I advise you not to do this but go directly to the town and look for the best business there.
My advice, definitely, River people. Although you already know what they say: about tastes ...
The fact is that if you are in the area you can not leave there without lowering the Misahualli, Jondachi, Hollin ... They are all for people looking for level 3+ or higher, that is, who is not looking for strong emotions that go to a lake and wait there. One of the rafting mecca and perhaps better than what you can find in the overrated Bathrooms, nearby town overpopulated by adventure tourism.
Photo, River People