About the Jondachi

ABOUT the Jondachi

ERI.009The Jondachi River is famous around the world for its exceptional rapids and lush jungle scenery.  It is the main attraction of whitewater tourism in Ecuador.
  • Tourism from the Jondachi River brings significant benefits to the local economy.
  • The biological diversity within the Jondachi River corridor is exceptional.
  • The Jondachi River has significant cultural, historical, and anthropological value to the indigenous Kichwa populations.

 

 

brown map spelled right
The Jondachi River flows out of the Ecuadorian Andes and drains into the Amazon Basin.  It provides key ecological connectivity through a critical transition zone between the Andean Cordillera and the lowland Amazon jungle. The Jondachi links protected areas in the headwaters to forest reserves in the lower basin through its free-flowing river corridor.

 

ERI.001_Chris Emerick

 

Each year, approximately 500 kayakers and 1,000 rafters come to the Jondachi River, bringing over a million US dollars to the local economy.

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

The JondachiRiver attracts tourists with is unique combination of thrilling rapids, remote jungle canyons, and stunning scenery.  There are few places like this on Earth.

 

Picture5

The vibrant ecosystem of the Jondachi River corridor supports an impressive level of biodiversity. 

 

 

MT.022

 

Petroglyphs from the Cotundo civilization (circa 800-1,000 AD), found along the Jondachi, are a testament to the river’s anthropological and cultural significance. A pre-Incan trail followed the Jondachi River, as a trade route from the jungle to the highlands.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE JONDACHI  /  BIODIVERSITY  /  PADDLING
PROPOSED HYDRO PROJECT  /  OPPOSITION  /  ERI’S LEGAL ACTION
PROPOSED ECOLOGICAL CORRIDOR  /  MEDIA  /  JONDACHI ALL STARS

One thought on “About the Jondachi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.