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Extreme Adventures in Ecuador

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Get upside-down in the Amazon jungle. Feel the force of the river while white-water rafting in Baños. And walk steadily down a gushing waterfall in Mindo. Yet more adrenaline rushes await on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast, especially in lively Montañita, where rolling waves attract some of the finest surfers in the Americas.
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In Mindo I decided to try canyoning, which is walking down a waterfall. At the top of the narrow muddy jungle trail next to the falls a guide strapped me into a harness and put me on a rope. He showed me how to belay myself with my dominant hand,...
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Banos, Ecuador
For those with a love of extreme adventure, head to Baños in central Ecuador. Here you can ride horses up the side of a volcano, hike in a cloud forest, and plummet down thundering waterfalls. I never quite understood the thrill of adventure...
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What better way to test your skills at water skiing, wakeboarding, or any other number of water sports than on the volcano-fringed San Pablo Lake. With the towering Imbabura volcano at one side, this oval-shaped lake offers a refreshing break from...
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Ruta del Spondylus, Montañita 241702, Ecuador
Ecuador may traditionally lure thrill-seekers to its volcanic peaks, Amazon River, and Andean mountains, but what people don’t realize is that it's a gnarly surf destination, too. The laid-back coastal town of Montañita is not only the number-one...
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Rio Jatunyacu, Ecuador
Jatun 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...
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Banos, Ecuador
There's nothing quite like bounding down a river, oar in hand, with the sense that you might capsize at any moment. White-water rafting is a must for any visit to Baños. Gazing at the unspoiled, undeveloped scenery during our fun ride on the...
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Nayón, Sector Huertayacu. Quito, Quito, Ecuador
I have a small (to medium) fear of heights and any activity that requires me to fly unsupported through the air sounds terrible. But I’d never zip lined before so I figured I should try it in Mindo. Our guide Jorge drove my friend Jules and me to...
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Banos, Ecuador
What a thrill to jump off a 320-foot bridge with the soaring Andes all around and the booming Pastaza River below! If you fancy this adreneline-fueled ride, then head to Baños in central Ecuador. San Francisco bridge and Rio Blanco are two ideal...