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Toachi and Blanco River Rafting, MT-7005


Effort: Moderate (Class III-III+). No experience necessary
Activities: Whitewater rafting
These rivers are born high in the Andean volcanoes and thunder their way westward to Ecuador’s tropical coast. The Toachi River flows down a spectacular verdant gorge, and then merges into the Blanco River, where water flow increases along with the intensity of the exhilarating rapids. This popular coastal run is the best run west of the Andes, and makes for an ideal introduction to Ecuador’s whitewater.

Trip highlights

  • Descend to the put-in on a scenic mountain road through the Andes
  • Enjoy 20 kilometres of the best whitewater west of the Andes
  • Take in beautiful tropical surroundings and learn about the local ecosystem
  • Observe native wildlife like egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, and the southern river otter
  • Rely on a support raft and kayakers ensure safety and great riverside service


Our whitewater adventure begins with an early start as we depart from Quito at 7:00 am and head toward the coast. We enjoy a scenic drive, descending a steep mountain road with beautiful Andean scenery all the way down to 500 meters of elevation, where we reach our put-in. After a short safety briefing and instructional session, we hop in our rafts and take to the water. The first section of the Toachi is wide and moderate, with scattered Class III rapids. Here we get comfortable paddling as a team and have the chance to take in the tropical scenery along the banks. Once the Toachi merges with the Blanco, water volume abruptly increases and the rapids become more serious, with big waves and much higher speed. We run a total of around 20 km of excellent whitewater. During calm stretches, our guide teaches us about the tropical forest ecosystem, and we keep an eye out for egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, and river otters. After reaching the take-out, we sit down to a healthy and delicious riverside picnic lunch. We arrive back in Quito in the late afternoon.


  • Private transportation, high-quality rafting equipment
  • Personal safety gear
  • Picnic lunch and snacks
  • Certified rafting guide

Important Information

Travel time: Two to three hours each way
Rafting time: Three to four hours depending on water level
Season: Year-round
Altitude: 1,000 ft to 3,000 ft (300 m to 600 m)
Weather: Daytime temperatures in the area average 65º F to 93º F (18º C to 34º C)
Suggested items to pack: Water sandals, waterproof sunblock and mosquito repellent

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