Originally Posted by lotsawater
Heading south this winter to break up the monotony of rippin' in thigh high powder, and I want some beta. The guide book seems to be chalk full of class IV water but not a lot of good class V coverage. I was wondering if any of you have been down there exploring.
I'm going for a honeymoon/kayking trip, so beta on the lifestyle activities would be appricieated as well.
Ok, Ok, I just feel the need to post one more clarifying reply.
I'm sure you've already learned a lot from other people, but just in case you are still wondering.
As dq said, you don't need to suffer to paddle good whitewater in Ecuador. Check out the IV+/V runs we list in our guidebook.
Check out the Upper Jondachi--it really is world class, the Topo, the Huaturaco, the Pusuno, the upper upper Mishualli, the Papallacta, Cheesehouse section on the Quijos, and the Oyacachi (do the 2-day section from the town of Oyacachi if you really want something hard).
If you get on all these runs, it will have been an outstanding trip! If you still want more, go over to Santo Domingo and check out the Sarapullo, and parts of the PIlaton and Toachi.
You can find detailed info on all these runs in THE KAYAKER'S GUIDE TO ECUADOR which it sounds like you already have.
Have a great trip!