About us

Jack Atkinson

Jack has been the instigator and driving force behind both Douro and Algarve Kayak Expeditions. After having lived and worked in several parts of the world, Jack settled in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal)  more than 50 years ago and has been an English teacher, language school owner, and sea kayak guide during this time. Jack teamed up with Rui Calado several years ago; to this day, they don't have a written contract. Each knows his job and does it. 

Rui Calado

Rui is the foremost Portuguese authority on kayaking. Rui has paddled the Portuguese coastline and more than 120 rivers in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.  Rui has dedicated his life to kayaking in many facets, including kayak design and construction. Among other achievements, Rui led an international group of 15 on a winter descent of the Grand Canyon several years ago. Rui is also a professional SUP paddler and has SUP paddled the Douro River. Rui and Jack have logged more kayaking on the Douro River than anyone else, and they are both experts on the Douro River and the Algarve. Rui personally guides all the tours.

Douro Kayak Expeditions

Douro Kayak Expeditions organizes expeditions on the Douro River. Our tours differ in several ways from other trips on the same river. Ours are the only ones that can do the whole 209 Km of the river as it crosses Portugal, and we are the only ones who can go through all the locks. We limit our Expeditionary members to 12 plus guides. This kind of close attention is not available in larger groups. We have groups starting in April, May, June, September and October. We are also available for private closed groups at any time of the year.

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