Whitewater rafting trips in Peru are available for all ages and ability levels ranging from scenic float trips for one or two days on the Urubamba river suitable for entire families to adrenaling pumping white water rapids on the Apurimac river or an expeditionary journey on one of the Headwaters of the Amazon the Tambopata Jungle river where we can have closed encounters with wild life and see no other human beings for a few days.
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This exciting whitewater rafting Apurimac expedition is rated among the 10 best Rafting trips of world . We start the trip from Cusco 3,400 mts. driving for 4 hours across the Andes down to the Apurimac River canyon. ( in the native quechua language meaning “ Speaker of the Gods “ ). This river is also the most direct source of the Amazon making it the longest river in the world .We put-in at 2,000 mts. It will take us about two hours to prepare all the equipment using only state of the art self bailing rafts and catarafts.
We´ll have lunch and raft down to our first camp. All the meals are prepared by our staff on a campfire under the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere.
The Apurimac river is considered one of the best and most exciting rivers in Cusco Peru, in the world for White Water River rafting because of it´s ideal conditions in terms of temperatures, rapids, water sandy beaches for the campsites, etc. Previous experience is not needed, but you must know how to swim.
At one point we arrive to a narrow canyon with an impossible rapid where we have to do a portage for about 300 mts.Thisa means that we will have to carry everything across.
Most of the time we will be rafting class III+ and IV rapids , but we also have a few class IV + and V rapids.
Among the wildlife , in this remote and isolated canyon we could find river otters, bob cats, foxes, torrent ducks, cormorants etc.
NOTE: THE RAPIDS ARE CATEGORIZED AS FOLLOWS:
Easy safe, something exciting
Good and exciting, with some risk
Very exciting and risky, additional vessel is needed security can be a kayak or boat, is the highest level that can be done with tourists.
Extreme risk, you can´t do rafting.
We meet at 8.30 am. From Cusco we drive 4 hours through the Andes to the put-in at Huallpachaca bridge 2,000 mts.altitude. It will take us a couple hours to prepare all the equipment , self-bailing rafts, oars,paddles, coolers, helmets, lifejackets, wet suits etc. you will be given a safety talk and drills into rafting technics. We will put emphasis in training all the participants, in how to get back into the raft, fliping the raft, swimming a rapid etc.
You will be floating for 2 hours more or less, doing class II and III rapids. Camp will be in a narrow gorge with impressive walls . Here the guides will prepare dinner . (L+D).
After a healthy breakfast we start rafting around 9:00am. Today we will be in the water for about 6 hours, doing mostly class III and IV rapids , stopping for lunch and arriving to camp around 4:00pm , today we´ll have tea time and dinner and sleep on a sandy beach under the night sky of the southern hemisphere (B+L+D).
After a good breakfast we are going to be rafting through a couple of class V rapids . There are rapids with names such as “tooth ache”, “you first”,”last laugh” .. Again twice we will have to walk around a couple of rapids. After 3 to 4 hours of rafting we will arrive to the take out where we pack all the equipment and drive back to Cusco, arriving around 5:00 pm (B+L)
THIS TOUR IS AVAILABLE IN THE SERVICE GROUP AND PRIVATE SERVICE.
DAILY DEPARTURES !!!
GROUP SERVICE: US$ per person.
( Meeting point at Machupicchu Exploring office).