Paddlers gathered together in January for the third year in a row to celebrate the free flowing Jondachi River in Ecuador. The Jondachi currently faces potential dam projects that kayakers and local communities oppose. For the past several years, Jondachi Fest has been a rallying point for a movement as paddlers and local communities fight to maintain the Jondachi’s status as a free flowing river.

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