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Old 09-13-2008   #11
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Can't agree more with what's been said above about SWA. I've been down there twice with them and can't wait for the next time. They've got the runs totally dialed in and everything is setup to be easy from the the moment you get off the plane. If you've got less than a month to spend down there you are guaranteed to get more paddling in with them than on your own. Try to check out the Coca, the Due, and the Cosanga (not sure about spelling) they were three of my favorite runs (so far!).

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Old 09-13-2008   #12
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I went down with Small World last winter and it was just an amazing trip. I wouldn't even think of going down there without staying at their lodge.

I had high expectations going down there from everything I had heard and they were surpassed at every step of the trip.

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Old 09-14-2008   #13
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SWA rocks. As said, they make everything easy and comfortable. I would also say that you should go to Tena. It's warmer - more of a jungle town and you'll get a bit more out of your comfort zone and into the local scene there. Also try to check another of our local CO boy's joint in Canoa. It'll be the beach scene, but he's been known to run Cool World twice in a day, so he just might take you paddling.
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Old 09-14-2008   #14
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Does Small World or anyone else down there rent oar rigs for long trips? I don't mind being part of a guided group - I just like to row.
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Old 09-16-2008   #15
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Does Small World or anyone else down there rent oar rigs for long trips? I don't mind being part of a guided group - I just like to row.
Small World doesn't do any oar rigs (we don't do any over night trips either--we just love our lodge too much)!

We do week-long paddle rafting trips, but again, we do day runs then come back to our lodge each night.

There are a couple of local companies that run multi day trips on the Upano River. I'm not 100% sure how they run things, but I think it's mainly paddle boating as well.

Oars and oar frames are a little hard to come by in Ecuador.

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