We’re Back!  Don and Darcy have returned as owners/guides of Small World Adventures.  Liam is also returning to guide in Ecuador, but this time as an equal partner.  The new Small World Adventures team has the experience and training to make your trip to Ecuador the paddling vacation of lifetime!  Having spent years paddling on all of the best rivers Ecuador has to offer, we know the rivers extremely well, and we know the lines at all water levels.  Our owners and guides are dedicated to giving guests the best possible paddling vacation.  We understand that you came to Ecuador to paddle and we’ll get you on the river all 7 days you are with us.  We work hard to ensure you go home tired and happy!

  • Don Beveridge

    Don first started paddling in Ecuador in 1995.  After guiding for Small World Adventures for 17 seasons, he took some time off to join Darcy in paddling the Amazon from source to sea.  (  After paddling over 400 different rivers in 23 countries, he still hasn’t found any place quite as good as Ecuador.  He […]
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  • Darcy Gaechter

    Darcy Gaechter grew up skiing and adventuring in Aspen, Colorado.  In 1996, she became a river guide and has been guiding kayaking and rafting trips ever since.  She’s guided kayaking in numerous different countries and her passion for the sport has led her around the world seeking out new rivers and new adventures.  Of all […]
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  • Liam Kirkham

    Liam grew up in the North of England and started kayaking as part of a college course in outdoor education. He was instantly hooked he has spent much of his time since in a kayak or planning kayak trips.   Liam has paddled all over the world and guided for Small World in both Ecuador and […]
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  • Larry Vermeeren

    I have been paddling for thirty-nine years now and in ten or more countries. I opened Small World Adventures here in Ecuador twenty-one years ago and it still amazes me how nice the locals are and how they make us feel so welcome. The best tip I can give a customer is to carry your […]
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