The Journey to Araraucara

   Whitewater
Colombian Amazon - June 2016
The Araracuara captivated Jules Domine and he dreamed about approaching this beast with respect and caution, hoping to one day attempt to paddle the rapids of the Rio Caqueta.

   Whitewater

Colombian Amazon - June 2016

The Araracuara captivated Jules Domine and he dreamed about approaching this beast with respect and caution, hoping to one day attempt to paddle the rapids of the Rio Caqueta.

The team

Tyler Bradt

Tyler Bradt

We embarked on a life changing journey following the majestic and powerful Caqueta from its source in southwest Columbia to the Canyon of Araraucaura."


The Araracuara Canyon swallows the immense flow of the Rio Caqueta for 11 km, creating many monstrous and potentially runnable cascades which Jules Domine had his eye on for years.

Araracuara Canyon - Rio Caqueta
Araracuara Canyon - Rio Caqueta

The Araracuara is a mystical place, hidden deep in the Colombian Amazon. The landscapes are stunning, with unusual rock formations and widespread waterfalls. In the thick jungle surrounding the canyon lingers the history and tragedies of rubber exploitation, but the shores of the Caqueta are a stronghold of the formidable indigenous culture of the Witoto and Antoque.

stunning landscapes and rock formations
stunning landscapes and rock formations

“This place captivated me, and I’ve dreamed about approaching this beast with respect and caution, hoping to one day attempt to paddle the rapids of the Rio Caqueta.”

cascading waterfalls are abundant during the rainy season
waterfalls are abundant in the Araracuara Canyon during the rainy season

In June of 2016, after more than a year of waiting and joined by Tyler Bradt, Jules finally made it to the Caqueta.

Tyler and Jules making new friends with the locals
Tyler and Jules making new friends with the locals

Upon reaching the village of Santa Rosa the duo quickly realized they had arrived at one of the rainiest watersheds on earth, during peak rainy season.

Tyler and Jules arrive during peak rainy season
Tyler and Jules arrive during peak rainy season
getting to the river is an adventure of its own
getting to the river is an adventure of its own

The two kayakers would soon embark on a life changing journey, following the majestic and powerful Caqueta from its source in southwest Columbia to the Canyon of Araraucaura.

setting off

The journey was a full-on adventure featuring many mule rides, terrifying flood stage class V first descents, a million bug bites, hundreds of new friends and culturally enlightening experiences. They were nearly shot by the army on two occasions, paddled days of flatwater, consumed kilos of mambe (pulverized coca leaf) and played chess with the Colombian revolutionary armed forces (FARC).

Jule Domine
Jules Domine
Tyler Bradt
Tyler Bradt
Many days of paddling flat water
Many days of paddling flat water
Colombian revolutionary armed forces
Colombian revolutionary armed forces
flood stage class V first descents
flood stage class V first descents

Eighteen days and 1000 km later Domine and Bradt were fighting their way back to civilization, safe but exhausted. An unexpected but ancient cargo plane was a blessing, as the boys would have otherwise been stranded for up to a month in the Colombian jungle.

The ancient cargo plane was a welcome blessing and a way out of the jungle
The ancient cargo plane was a welcome blessing and a way out of the jungle
Tyler and Jules celebrating an amazing adventure
Tyler and Jules celebrating an amazing adventure

We embarked on a life changing journey following the majestic and powerful Caqueta from its source in southwest Columbia to the Canyon of Araraucaura."


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