Rio Jatunyacu, Ecuador
Cut Your Rafting Teeth at JatunyacuJatun Yacu (or Jatunyacu) means "big river" in the Quechua language. This wide, flat river is a main tributary of the Amazon, which has its origin in a glacier and springs fed by the active Cotopaxi Volcano. White water rafting for beginners and intermediate groups is hugely popular on the Jatunyacu because you get rolling waves that won't flatten you, but rather end up carrying you along to placid pools. The river is a class three challenge (not too challenging) and sight lines from the crafts plying the white waves are great. Bring your sunscreen and insect repellent and get ready for a wet ride.