Our winter heaven - Ecuador

We are already back home from amazing Ecuador, sorting through all photos and videos and the memories coming back to us. 

This trip was very special to me. It was my first time in Ecuador and the first time without my son for two weeks! I ran some difficult rivers (difficult for me, of course), which I wouldn't have run before and travelled around with a bus at 4040 meters above sea level. So much was unbelievable!

The whole trip was a such a great experience. I think all of us had a blast! We ran rivers almost every day. The guys jumped the 14 meter high waterfall 'Hollin'. I ran the 'Jondachi' river, which was my highlight of the trip. You can do it in 2 hours but if you  scout the rapids it takes about four. For me, it was 4 hours of constant focusing and hard paddling. The boys showed me the lines to take and I ran them the best I could. When I  finally got to the take out I was so happy and excited. I couldn't stop talking about it. Afterwards, I told the guys that if I'd known it would be so difficult I probably would not have gone. But now I know it was worth it. A beautiful river not accessible on foot. Untouched nature and whitewater, that's what you can enjoy for a few hours. But be careful there is practically no way out except downriver. This river will stay in my heart. I stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed my limits. Maybe, if I read this again in few years I will probably laugh at this, but at the moment I feel so proud of myself. On the next day all of us needed to relax and what more can you wish for than to go for a swim in the hot springs of a volcano. Lying in hot water and looking at the snowy peak of a volcano in more than 3000 meters above sea level is a very special feeling. 

We had to repeat that a few more times before we left Ecuador. 

We have a lot of plans where to go next and which countries to visit. There are so many beautiful places with wild rivers that we haven't seen yet, but I hope I will have a chance to come back to Ecuador, and hopefully, next time we go there with our little kayaker as well.

Cheers,

Nina