Jatun Yacu River

"Jatun Yacu" translates to "Big River" in the native Kichwa language. The indigenous Amazonian tribes have been boating and fishing on the Jatun Yacu for centuries and they continue to use the river today for food, recreation and adventure.

This is the perfect way for beginners to learn the skills and feel the thrill of white-water rafting. The river is wide and open and the fun begins right away, as rafters hit large, quick waves interspersed with calm pools. Also the more advanced rafters will love getting to know a river with BIG WAVES while enjoying the great landscape of the Napo Valley.

Beaches, waterfalls and lush green vegetation make the Jatun Yacu a tropical paradise. The calm sections allow the opportunity to kick back and soak in the Selva Verde rain forest scenery. Since there are no inhabitants in the upper regions of the Jatun Yacu, the river is exceptionally clean. 



  • 9:00am- Depart from our Office in Tena, or if previously arranged, pick up from your Tena hotel
  • 9:45-10:30am- Arrive at the put in in Cando area. Put on equipment. Short but detailed safety speech
  • 10:30-12:30pm- Rafting
  • 12:30-1:30pm- Riverside lunch and relaxation
  • 1:30-3:30pm- Rafting
  • 3:30-4:00pm- Take out in Puerto Napo and return trip to Tena

*Timing is approximate. River levels will affect the amount of time spent on the river.


Duration1 day / aprox. 6-7 hours
PriceUS$ 63.00 per person; minimum 2 Pax
Distance15 miles / 25 Km

Qualified guides 

All the equipment necessary for the activity

Safety kayaker


River side lunch