JONDACHI FEST 2018!
JANUARY 15 – 21 / TENA, NAPO PROVINCE, ECUADOR
WORLD CLASS JUNGLE WHITEWATER – CELEBRATING THE FREE-FLOWING JONDACHI!
The 4th annual Jondachi Fest will continue to celebrate, honor, and promote the Jondachi River as an invaluable resource for tourism and natural heritage, in Ecuador and the world.
Each day of the festival between 8am and 10am, meet fellow paddlers and river lovers at the Tena waterfront near Hostal Brisas del Río and Café Tortuga. Taxi drivers well versed in local put-ins and get-outs will be there waiting to take kayakers to any number of local rivers.
At this year’s Jondachi Fest, the plan is simple: get your crew together and VAMOS AL RÍO!
In 2018, we need your help:
We are asking you – international and local river lovers – to upload your best images and videos from your favorite moments on the river during the festival. Share your photos and videos to Jondachi Fest + Piatua Libre social media with the hashtag #RIOSTURISTICOS to help demonstrate the value of these world-class rivers as irreplaceable adventure tourism destinations. We are hopeful that this movement will help prove to local policy makers that YES these rivers are RESOURCES that deserve appropriate protection and management.
Our rivers generate important benefits for the local economy. Unfortunately their values as strategic tourism resources are not considered in planning and development, and we are rapidly losing the quality and integrity of our Ecuadorian river systems.
We propose the designation of certain riparian corridors as PROTECTED AREAS that will form part of a national strategy for the preservation of biodiversity in freshwater aquatic ecosystems and ecological connectivity between the Andes and the Amazon.
We propose application of the Programa Integral Amazónico to incentivize landowners toward conservation of riparian forests, and to champion development of production activities in appropriate locations, respecting the protected areas of strategic touristic rivers.
LEARN MORE ABOUT JONDACHI FEST
- Canoe & Kayak 2016 festival dispatch and video (January 22. 2016)
- 2016 festival video featured on Kayak Session (March 23, 2016)
- Jondachi Fest’s 2015 bilingual video (by Quito-based Afuera Producciones)
- Canoe & Kayak “Endangered Rivers” digital feature (March 3, 2015)
- Canoe & Kayak festival dispatch (January 27, 2015)
- Rapid Media festival dispatch (March 11, 2015)
- American Whitewater Journal (May/June 2015)
- Jondachi Fest was also featured in print in Kayak Session and Paddling Magazine in 2015!