River tracing, also called canyoning or river trekking, is an outdoor adventure activity combined hiking, swimming, climbing and jumping along the river. The crystal clear water and moderate temperature lead Hualien County to be the most popular place for river tracing. Following to the instructions of our experienced tour guide, even though you are beginner, you can enjoy the beauty of natural river.
A driver guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hualien city or Hualien train station and apply for permits. We have to change clothes to safety outfit, like helmet, wetsuit, river tracing boots and life vest right after reaching the riverside. In the beginning, we will trek on crystal clear water with the temperature between 18-24 °C (64~75 °F). The wetsuit will protect us from the coldness.
You can swim in several natural pools and enjoy nature water spa. Sometimes we can see local aborigines fishing and rock jumping along the way. Our tour guide will find a great place for lunch where everyone can swim and take a relaxing nap on marble boulder. The lunch is the traditional Taiwanese rice ball and hot drinks
After lunch break, we will do exciting waterfall climbing. When you stand on the top of the waterfall, you'll know the sense of accomplishment. The last challenge is the pool jumping, it’s super refreshing at the moment you jump into the water. After river tracing, the driver will take you to enjoy some local snacks before dropping you off at hotel or Hualien train station.
May ~ November is suitable for river tracing every year. If you would like to avoid crowds, you can choose to book the trip in weekdays.