Peru has some of the best white water rivers in the world and along the way you’ll encounter some spectacular scenery as the Andes plunge down into the lush canyons of the Upper Amazon.
Cusco is most definitely the rafting capital of Peru offering popular 1 or 2 day trips on the Urubamba River and 3 or 4 day trips on the exciting white waters of the Apurimac River.
For a really adventurous trip try the Tambopata River in Peru’s south eastern jungle. Starting high in the altiplano, north of Puno, the first 4 days on the river are spent negotiating some exciting whitewater rapids. The following 3 days are spent drifting through the Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone.
RIVER RAFTING AROUND CUSCO AND FROM PUNO TO TAMBOPATA
CUSCO URUBAMBA RIVER (1 or 2 days programs)
Day trips whitewater rafting on the Urubamba River are extremely popular and easily arranged once you arrive in Cusco. Typical trips depart Cusco daily at 9am and return by 3pm, leaving about 3 hours actually on the river. Trips usually include lunch, transport and all safety equipment. We prefer to offer rafting staring in the upper part of the riverclose to Cusipata. The Urubamba river runs from the high Andean ranges down through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, past Machupicchu and into the jungle. It has some exciting white water depending on the section of the river being done and the time of the year. One of our most popular rafting sections during the season is the “Cusipata” section of the river on the Upper Urubamba. There are good class IIl rapids and the water is not contaminated, as unfortunately the Sacred Valley of the Incas sections of the river are.
Urubamba river rafting, only a short distance from Cusco, or Urubamba in the Sacred Valley is only a day trip away. Experience is not necessary as the white water is mild but there is an opportunity for contact with locals and undisturbed views of the scenery.
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APURIMAC RIVER RAFTING (3 days / 2 nights program)
The Apurimac means “speaking God” in Quechua and was considered a sacred river by the Incas. This exciting white water rafting 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. This river is also the most direct source of the Amazon making it the longest river in the world. On its way to the mighty Amazon, this spectacular river cuts deep through gorges, surrounded by steep cliffs and sheer granite walls and slowly descends into wide pastoral valleys and tropical rainforest, providing some of the most exciting white water in the world. Most of the time will be spent rafting class III+ and IV rapids, although there are a few IV+ and V rapids along the way. Amongst the wildlife to be found in this remote and isolated canyon are river otters, condors, foxes and torrent ducks.
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.
At one point we arrive to a narrow canyon with an impossible rapid where we have to do a portage for about 300m. This 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 and others.
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TAMBOPATA RIVER RAFTING RAIN FOREST FIXED DEPARTURES – 9 days / 8 nights (May-Sept)
This is adventure tourism at its most exciting since this trip combines white-water rafting, and a journey into remote and rarely visited rainforest. The Tambopata River runs through the heart of the Tambopata-Candamo National Park situated to the south east of Cusco, near to the border with Brazil and Bolivia. In the heart of this unspoiled region there aren’t any jungle lodges so you’ll find yourself camping on the river beaches surrounded by the natural sounds and sights of the Amazon. It’s an excellent opportunity to see monkeys, giant otters, parrots, alligators, tapirs, eagles, ocelots and, if you are very lucky, maybe the illusive jaguar. You will also visit a macaw lick where hundreds of colorful parrots come to feed on the clay that supplements their diet. The trip commences at Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca and ends in the Inca Capital of Cusco.
The best time for undertaking this adventure is May to November with the latter months better for wildlife observation.
It is necessary to arrange the trip quite a few months in advance since, due to the limited number of trips, places fill up quickly.
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