Rafting the Mighty Apurímac River

Rafting the Mighty Apurímac River

The Apurímac flows northwest past Cusco in gorges reaching twice as deep as the Grand Canyon and is punctuated by falls and rapids. Rising from melted glacial water, it is the source of the world´s largest river system, the Amazon River.  This exciting 3-day journey begins at 2000m and beginning at Class II and III rapids, advances through Class IV and V rapids. You’ll receive lessons in rafting techniques and safety, use state of the art equipment, and be protected by a licensed guide and paramedic.

  • Duration3 Days / 2 Nights
  • CategoryRafting
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Rafters arriving at Apurimac River Camp nearby Cusco Peru
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Rafting the Mighty Apurímac River
3 Days / 2 Nights Program


Cusco - Huallpachaca

We depart for the Huallpachaca Bridge (2,000m.a.s.l.) at 9:00am, crossing the Andean cordillera southeast of Cusco.  After about 4 hours we´ll arrive at the canyon and enjoy our lunch.  A licensed professional guide will provide safety information for this kind of white water rafting, including general instructions, a demonstration of the equipment, rafting techniques, and a basic Rescue Course. On the first day we´ll Class II and III Rapids for a couple of hours before setting up camp in a narrow gorge whose walls frame the Andean sky..  After dinner, we´ll rest alongside a warming campfire.

What's included on this day?

  • Hotel Pickup and Transport to Huallpachaca
  • Safety, Equipment, and Techniques Lesson
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

What's not included on this day?

  • Snacks


We´ll start the day with a nutritious breakfast and pack up the camp, reloading our luggage onto the rafts.  On the second day we´ll be advancing to Class III and IV rapids.  It is possible that we encounter some Class VI rapids on this day; as these are impossible to run, we´ll walk through it.  There´ll be a short midday break for a hearty lunch but afterwards the adventure continues.  In total we will be rafting for about 6 hours, arriving at at around 4:00pm. At the campsite, we´ll play some river games before enjoying our dinner and lighting another campfire on the sandy beach to warm us up as we reminisce about the day.

What's included on this day?

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

What's not included on this day?

  • Snacks

Apurímac – Cusco

The day begins with a filling breakfast to ready ourselves for the day´s rafting.  We´ll advance further, this time encountering exciting Class V rapids.  We´ll continue for about 4 hours, passing along the way various points of interest whose names might give you a clue as to their character; these include the famed Labyrinth, the Toothache, the You First, the Babalua, and the Last Laugh.  At two different points we’ll probably have to walk around some rapids. We´ll stop close the Kunyac Bridge for a barbecue before beginning our return to Cusco.  We´ll arrive at the city at approximately 5:00pm. (Breakfast, Lunch)

What's included on this day?

  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
  • Transport to Cusco

What's not included on this day?

  • Snacks

Additional information of this tour

Tour Includes:

  • Professional English-Speaking Guides, Paramedics Qualified for Class V rafting
  • All Rafting Equipment
    • Helmet
    • Safety Jacket
    • Raincoat
    • Paddle
    • Wetsuit
    • Hyside Self-Bailing Rafts
  • All Meals on the River
  • Double Occupancy Tents
  • Dry bags - Special Waterproof bags (for personal belongings)
  • Safety Kayak and Cargo Boat
  • Private Transport (Round-Trip)
  • Complete First-Aid Kit

Not Included:

  • Sleeping Bag

Recommended for this tour:

What to Bring

  • Bathing Suit and Light Clothing
  • Towel
  • Sandals (like Teva) or tennis shoes
  • Shorts (to use over the wetsuit, because the raft is slippery when wet)
  • Four Pairs of Socks
  • Warm Clothes (for the night; for ex: fleece, long pants)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Foam or Air Camping Mattress (these can be rented here in Cusco)
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Personal Water Bottle and Snacks
  • Hat, Sunblock, Mosquito Repellent, Toilet Paper


NOTE: Please remember to take your things in a disposible plastic bag.

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