ABOUT the Jondachi
The 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.
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.
Each year, approximately 500 kayakers and 1,000 rafters come to the Jondachi River, bringing over a million US dollars to the local economy.
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.
The vibrant ecosystem of the Jondachi River corridor supports an impressive level of biodiversity.
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.