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Days: 4
Location: Apurimac Cusco Peru
Activities: Rafting
Activity Level: Intermediate
Season: From April to November



Rafting Tours and Trips in Cusco, Peru :: Terra Explorer PeruApurimac River Rafting Tours

The Apurimac River (a Quechua word meaning “the voice of God”) is the most distant source of the world’s longest and largest river: the mighty Amazon. Cascading off majestic snow covered peaks, The Apurimac carves through the Andes as it flows northward eventually joining several other Peruvian rivers before crossing into Brazil. The Apurimac along with the Cotahuasi and Colca, are among the deepest river canyons in the world and are all found in Southern Peru.In its final thrust through the Andes into the jungle, the waters of the Apurimac flow through a gorge 3,000 meters (about 10,000 feet) deep forming countless Class III, IV and V rapids. This inner canyon with its imposing sheer granite walls, impressive geological formations, clear aquamarine water, and beautiful sand beaches creates the gem of the Andes and one of the most sought after river expeditions on Earth.

Day 1: Cusco – Huallpachaca and Rafting

Departure from the city of Cusco, heading southwest to the bridge of Huallpachaca (elevation: 2000 meters – 6600 feet- above sea level). The road to the river passes through rural farm lands with impressive views of the Apurimac Valley. At the put in to the river, lunch is served while the rafts are loaded. In the afternoon, we paddle for about one and a half hours down Class III and IV rapids and reach our first campsite. A team of guides travels ahead to prepare camp and set up tents. Once in camp relax with a glass of wine, beer, hot tea, coffee, and appetizers while a gourmet multi-course dinner is prepared. Meals: L+D


Day 2: Rafting

The morning begins with a nutritious breakfast. We then raft down the deepest section of the canyon and through one of the most beautiful parts of the trip: a stretch of Class III rapids between towering walls of granite, strikingly carved and sculpted by the eternal flow of water. Rafting the river is the only way to explore these incredible canyons! The guides prepare lunch around mid-day at one of the many white sand beaches. In the afternoon we portage around two un-runnable rapids and then navigate a bunch of fun class Class IV whitewater before arriving at our second camp. With all the tents set up, another evening of deluxe food, and time spent around the campfire, the day is complete. Meals: B+L+D


Day 3:   Rafting

After a leisurely and filling breakfast we’ll run several Class III and IV rapids with picturesque names such as “Trinche” (Meat Fork) and “Mesa” (“Table”). These serve as the training ground for the trip highlight: the celebrated Class V rapid known by the very appropriate name of “Dolor de Muelas” (“Toothache”). This rapid is big and must be portaged at certain water levels. The trips final camp is located just downstream. Meals: B+L+D?


Day 4: Rafting – Puente Cunyac- Cusco

Another day of Class IV and V rapids, with names such “Babalua” and “La Ultima Sonrisa” (“The Last Smile”). The wind down is a wonderful Class II and III section that leads to our take-out at Puente Cunyac (Cunyac Bridge). Here we meet our transport back to Cusco. Prior to departure a hot lunch with choice of beverage will be served in a shaded shelter at the take out. Meals: B+L+D



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“Paddling the rapids was a great experience … but the whole trip, the organization, the camping, the delicious food and awesome place, the spectacular landscapes… Being at this beautiful place has been an amazing experience. Thanks Terra Explorer Peru”.

Javier Swayne – National Surf Champion