In Tena we had our best South American experience yet: rafting an Amazon tributary. Needless to say, it was amazingly beautiful and a great time. We started our trip hiking down a muddy, rocky, steep trail for about 30 minutes down to our entry point. It was a little sketchy, but finding the best path and making the trip was fun. While we waited for our boats to be inflated, we took another short (but more sketchy) hike to a cove with a waterfall and swimming area. After spending about 20 minutes there we started down the river and it was easily the most scenic experience we’ve had in a loooong time. The waterfalls in Tena and the surrounding Amazon make Multnomah Falls look hackneyed. As you can see in the photo above, there were some behemoths. The bad news? There were a LOT of mosquitos and sand flies at the river and we got eaten up. I (Evan) bore the brunt of the mosquitos which by the way leave a mark about three times as bad as Oregon mosquitos… I look like I have some crazy disease or something. Chelsea got mostly sand fly bites, which are not as gross looking but equally itchy. More Gold Bond please!
White Water Rafting an Amazon Tributary