White Water Rafting in Cusco
White-water Rafting in Cusco
There are 3 sections of the Urubamba River
which are regularly visited. They are:-
1. Huambutio to Pisac (Year round)
2. Ollantaytambo to Chilca Class III
3. Huaran Class III + June-September
Cusco Apurimac River (4 days / 3 nights)
There are several tour companies in Cusco
operating this trip (see Peru Tour Operators), all running a similar itinerary.
Obviously safety is of paramount importance in this 'high risk' adventure
activity, so choosing a professional company should be priority.
Below we've included a typical itinerary and
trip information so that you can compare the various companies.
Day 1. Starting at Cusco, it's a 5 hour
drive west across the gently rolling landscape of the Andes down into the
Apurimac River Valley. The altitude at the start point is in the region of 2000m
so you shouldn't experience problems with altitude as in Cusco. It takes about 2
hours equipment preparation and safety training before putting in after lunch.
You'll raft down to the first nights camp , floating for about 1½ hours amongst
class II, III and IV rapids. The camp is within a narrow gorge with sheer sides.
Day 2. You'll probably be rafting for about
4½ hours today, mostly in Class III and IV rapids. There are some small sections
of the river where you will portage (carry) the rafts and equipment. Arrive at
camp, this time on a sandy beach, between 3 and 4pm.
Day 3. Today you'll experience a couple of
class V rapids with names such as 'Tooth Ache', 'You First' and 'Last Laugh'!
It's the most exhilarating day on the water probably spending a total of 3 or 4
hours on the river before camping the night on another sandy beach.
Day 4. The morning is spent quietly floating
down to Cunyac Bridge and the Hot Springs of Cconoc where the group will have
lunch before packing up the equipment and driving back to Cusco, arriving about
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