The Mighty Apurimac: Whitewater Rafting near Cusco

The rapids of the Apurímac River near Cusco attract many travelers looking for adventure, as they are considered some of the best in Peru. The river is fed by melted glacial water and, after passing through gorges twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, feeds into the Amazon River. It's rated as one of the 10 Best Rafting trips in the world, thanks to ideal temperatures and rapids, sandy beaches, and exciting scenery.

Even if you have never rafted before, there are excursions available for you. Three-day trips generally begin with a demonstration of rafting and safety techniques at Huallpachaca Bridge southeast of Cusco. Afterwards, one begins with Class II and III Rapids on the first day, advancing to Class III and IV rapids on the second day and Class V rapids on the third day. One might spot river otters, foxes, and bobcats throughout the trip. Ocassionally, travelers' opt to dive off the rocks and cliffsides, but this is definitely a personal choice! Nights are spent eating dinner fireside while learning about the area's rich history and lore, and camping in the gorges. On the third day, the rapids are at their most thrilling, as indicated by their names:Labyrinth, the Toothache, the You First, the Babalua, and the Last Laugh. After a barbecue at Kunyac Bridge, it's back to Cusco.

Many of our traveling friends who come visit us in Cusco are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and luckily, from extreme sports to high Andean treks and intriguing ruins, Cusco delivers. One thing with which Peru abounds is quality whitewater rafting for all levels- not only does the Sacred Valley of the Incas just outside of Cusco boast a majestic landscape, but there's also a range of amazing whitewater rafting options for those of you who want to enjoy the outdoors in a more active way, from popular day trips along the Urubamba River to longer adventures along the Apurimac River rapids.

Inca World Team
Publication date: 27 Ago 2014
Sources: <a href="">Carla Colon</a>

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