Peru is rapidly becoming one of the world’s premier destina-tions for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Several of its rivers are rated in the world’s top ten and a rafting trip is now high on any adventurer’s must-do list of activities. It is not just the adreline rush of big rapids that attract. It is the whole expe-rience of accessing remote and amazing locations that make Peruvian whitewater rivers so attractive: spectaculer mile deep canyons, giant smootly eroded granite rocks, wildlife like ot-ters, deers, mighty condors and the powerful pumas. Instinct offers you some of the best rafting adventures in Peru, mostly in and around the Cusco region. From a half day trip up to a 3 or 4 day expedition.
Rafting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Most popular rafting trips are down the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas near Cusco. The Urubamba is not very wild and offers a great introduction to white water rafting, some spectacular scenery and a chance to visit some of the best Inka ruins in the surroundings as wel as some typical Indian markets. Half to one day trips.
- Section Huambutío-Pisac – easy – Grade 2
- Section Ollantaytambo – moderate – Grade 3 to 4+
- Section Huaran – moderate/ hard – Grade 3 to 5+ (depending on the season)
- Section Chuquicahuana moderate/ hard – Grade 4 to 5 (rainy season) Grade 2 to 4 (dry season)
Rafting on the Apurimac River: 3 days expedition
A fantastic 3 day rafting adventure in a spectacular miledeep tropical canyon with giant eroded granite rocks. The harmony of the explosive white water, interrupted by the isolated peace of calm water will help you to enjoy some of the most fascina-ting sceneries in the world. Feeling one with nature and those who had lived here forever: otters, deers, the mighty andean condor and the powerful puma. Rafters camp, cook and sleep on sandy beaches. Class II-III-IV and V. Only from May to November.
Rafting on the Tambopata Rafting: 10 days expedition
For the real adventurer. A wilde 10 day rafting expedition on the Rio Tambopata. Starting in the Andes area north of Lake Titicaca and ending at the Reserva Nacional of Tambopata in the Southern Jungle. First days on the river you have to deal with lots of technical rapids in wild Andean scenery. The trip finishes with gentle floating days along the Jungle riverbanks where monkeys and birds will spy on you from their hideouts. Class III – IV, only from June to October.
WHAT TO TAKE
- Hiking boots and / or comfortable walking shoes, rubber sandals
- Waterproof-, dry-fit-, and / or thermical clothing (in case of additional trips like rafting)
- Windproof jacket
- Sleeping bag
- (Photo) camera + films
- Torch or flashlight
- 220 / 110V (plug) adaptor
- Sun block, sunglasses, hat
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle