Kayak School

Whether you are a beginner wanting to give kayaking a try or an experienced paddler who wants to take their kayaking to the next level, we can help you. We provide fun and flexible kayak instruction at all levels to get you on your way to paddling white-water.

We teach level I, II & III, taking beginners to a calm, very slow-moving part of the river.

I learned how to kayak with them and the instructor was really good! Everyone was really kind and we made some great friends. Thank you for everything!
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What’s included?

  • Instruction up to 4 hours per day, depending on you. We’ll teach you until you run out of energy!
  • All equipment
  • Qualified, English-speaking Instructor
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Lunch (vegetarian available)
  • Pictures

What to bring

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • T-shirt to protect you from the sun
  • Shoes for the water
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Change of clothes

Your guide will be able to take small belongings in a dry bag and larger items can be left with the driver.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Kayaking, your health and experience level

What classes of rapids do you offer tours on, and how do you determine a participant’s suitability?

We offer tours on rapids ranging from Class 2 to Class 4. Children under 12 years old are limited to Class 2 tours. We recommend Class 4 tours only for experienced participants. Additionally, Class 4 rapids are not suitable for SUP.

How should I prepare for a day of white water SUP?

You should be well-rested and have had a good breakfast. Alcohol consumption before and during the tour is not permitted.

Are there any specific health requirements for participation?

The following requirements should be met:

  • Have a basic level of physical fitness to cope with the physical demands of the tour.
  • Be able to swim or at least have basic water skills.
  • Be free from serious health issues that could impair their ability to safely participate in the tour, such as heart problems, asthma, or epilepsy.
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol or drugs before or during the tour, as this could impair reaction times and judgment.
  • Be willing to follow the guides’ instructions and adhere to safety precautions.

Payment Questions

How do I book a tour and what is the cancellation policy?

You can book directly through our online form. Alternatively, you can contact us via WhatsApp, and we’ll reserve the desired tour for you. Cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before the tour. If you cancel after this time, 50% of the cost will be refunded.

What payment options to do you accept?

We accept cash or transfers to an Ecuadorian bank account (transfer fees must be covered by you).

Are there any additional costs not included in the price?

Not included in the price are alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and tips. For half-day tours, lunch is not included.

Food

Are meals and refreshments included in the price? What are the dietary options?

For full-day tours, lunch and non-alcoholic beverages such as tea and water are included in the price. We always provide a vegetarian option as well. For half-day tours, only beverages are included.

What happens on the day?

What languages do the guides speak?

Our guides speak Spanish and English.

How long is the tour and what is the daily schedule?

Typically, the tours start at 9:00 AM at our agency or at your accommodation in Tena. However, for private tours, the start time can be adjusted according to your preferences.

How do participants get to and from the starting point of the tour?

The tour includes transportation to the starting point and return to Tena via a private transport.

Where can I leave my belongings during the tour?

Your guide will be able to take small belongings in a dry bag and larger items can be left with the driver.

What should I bring with me on the tour?

You should bring the following items with you on the tour:

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • T-shirt to protect you from the sun
  • Shoes for the water
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Change of clothes

Can I bring my own equipment?

You can bring your own equipment. However, we do not accept liability for any damage or loss. Additionally, we cannot offer a price reduction.

Will I receive photographic memories during the tour?

Our safety kayaker will take photos during the tour, which you can then download for free.

Weather & Safety

What happens if the weather turns bad during the tour?

In the rainforest, rain is always a possibility. Tours proceed as scheduled regardless of rain. However, in the event of severe weather posing a danger to participants, the tour will be postponed, or refunds will be issued. If a Class 4 rafting tour cannot be conducted due to high water levels, a Class 3 tour will be offered instead, with the difference in cost refunded.

What safety measures are in place for your tours?

Before every tour, we provide a safety instruction. Additionally, wearing life jackets and helmets is mandatory. We comply with all safety requirements for equipment, and we always use new materials of the highest quality to ensure the safety of our participants.

What should be done in case of a medical emergency during the tour?

In the event of a medical emergency during the tour, our guides are trained to administer first aid and arrange transportation to the nearest medical facility. Our guides regularly attend first aid courses and always carry a first aid kit. Additionally, we have a private taxi available at all times for immediate access.
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