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White Water Rafting Apurimac River

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White Water Rafting Apurimac River

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Apurimac River

Expedition Overview


The Apurimac (God that speaks) River is a true wilderness rafting experience. It is in the middle of a deep canyon with beautiful rock formations, flora and fauna, some of the biggest rapids rafted in Peru.

This stunning 77-mile section of the Apurimac River merges with other rivers flowing directly to the Amazon making it the longest river in the world. We put-in at 6,561 feet. It takes 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 portage for about 900 feet. 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.

The Class V Apurimac rafting trip is an intermediate whitewater river featuring big drops, tons of action and intricate maneuvers. This is an ideal rafting trip for adventurous first timers as well as those who have rafted other rivers before and want even more action, seclusion and beauty. There is a minimum age of 14 and the trip requires all participants to paddle.

With a professional guide steering your raft, you will have an extraordinary expedition of whitewater rafting on this world-class river. Between the big drops and fun rapids there are long calm pools where you will get to take in the sheer beauty of the 9,000 foot deep wilderness canyon that you’re rafting through.

We offer 2 different Apurimac River rafting experiences, ranging from 3 days to 6 days.


DAY 1:

We will pick up you at 8:30 am from your hotel in Cusco.
From Cuscowe will drive 4 hours through the Andes to the put-in at Huallpachaca bridge at the altitude of 6,561 feet. It will take us about two hours to prepare all the equipment, self-bailing rafts, oars, paddles, coolers, helmets, lifejackets, wet suits etc.
Then you will be given a safety talk and participate in rafting technique drills.
We will be floating for 2 to 3 hours with some class II and III rapids. We will camp in a narrow gorge with impressive walls. Here the guides will prepare dinner and your responsibility is washing your own dish. (L+D).

DAY 2:

After a healthy breakfast we start rafting around 9:00am.
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.
We will have tea time and dinner then sleep on a sandy beach under the night sky of the southern hemisphere (B+L+D).

DAY 3:

After a good breakfast we are going to be rafting through a couple of class V rapids with names such as “you first”, and “last laugh”.
After 3 or 4 hours of rafting we will arrive to the take-out where we will pack all the equipment and drive back to Cuscoarriving back around 4:00 pm (B+L).


Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included?

  • Transportation to and from the river.
  • Professional class V guides.
  • State of the art self-bailing rafts.
  • All the meals while at the river.
  • Water proof-bags for personal luggage.
  • Safety conscious techniques and procedures.
  • Wetsuit and spray jacket
  • Double occupancy tents
  • Safety Kayaker.

What not is included

  • Dry clothes for after the rafting trip.
  • A pair of sandals or shoes for the river.
  • Sunscreen.
  • A small towel.
  • Swimwear for under the wetsuit.
  • Optional photo service.


What you’ll need to bring and carry

  • A backpack with a change of clothes
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
  • Warm clothes, including jacket, fleece and sweaters
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
  • Water bottle and sterilizing tablets (ie. Micropur)
  • Small towel
  • Swimsuit

Additional Information

When is the Best Time to go Rafting on the Apurimac River?

The Apurimac rafting season starts late May and continues through October.

Where is the Apurimac River

The Apurimac River is located 4 hours north west of Cusco and belongs to the Apurimac region and the Cusco region.

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