In the world of sports, the name ducking is not as popular as kayaking is, but basically they are the same thing with one small difference: the kayak type. Inflatable Kayaks (ducks) are more durable, lightweight and high performance whitewater boats that have changed recreational river rides forever. First-time kayakers can have fun paddling rapids with guidance, instruction and support from a professional guide. Crashing through waves and negotiating rapids on your own way, made this sport a great adventure. Don’t just hold on for the ride — be a part of the action! Flipping and swimming are part of the fun !!
Our Ducking Tour in Rio de Janeiro is done in in the state of Rio, but not in the city. We take travelers to Casimiro de Abreu, a little town located about 175 km (110 miles) northwest of Rio city, surrounded by untouched Atlantic Forest . The secret spot for ducking is the Macaé River, considered to be one of the best in Rio de Janeiro state for this kind of sport. The ducking course is 8 km (5 miles) long. There are about 15 rapids along the course, ranging from level 1 to 5 in summer, 1 to 4 in spring, 1 to 3 in fall and 1 to 2 in winter. The ride takes 90 minutes 02 hours , according to the water level of the river.
The best season for this sport is from December through March, when summer brings lots of rain and increases the water level. Unlike rafting, ducking can be practiced during the whole year, thanks to it’s light weight, narrower shape and maximum capacity of 02 people.
Rio de Janeiro city. Daily, under request. Please check our policy regarding covered areas for pick ups.
Pick ups in Rio city at 7:00 am, year round.
Wear light clothes or a wet suit and comfortable shoes during the ride. Waterproof cameras only. Don´t forget the sunblock for sunny days. Bring extra clothes and towel.
Easy to Moderate. This activity can be a bit challenging sometimes, depending on the river level. A good level of physical fitness is required for paddling.
We collect our customers in Rio de Janeiro city between 7:00am and 7:30am, then drive for 2 hours to Casimiro de Abreu city. We arrive in our rafting base around 9:00/9:30am then after wearing the safety gear, the instructor goes through some safety tips with the group.
We get in the river around 10:00am. The ride can take from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours according to the river level. The group will return to the base between 12:00 and 12:30. On the way back to Rio, we stop a a local restaurant for lunch ( not included), then head back to Rio, arriving around 4:00pm.