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Apurimac River Rafting

Apurimac River Rafting

Apurimac means the oracle or the speaker of the gods in Quechua native language! the Apurimac River is main source of ​​the amazon river, the longest river in the world! Apurimac has created a canyon that is twice as deep as the grand canyon in the States as it measures 3,000 metres! The river includes loads of rapids making it impossible for ship transport, but an ideal place for rafting adventure. This provide us perfect conditions to experience exciting white water rafting vacation in Perú. By undertaking this tour, you enjoy daily river rafting trips, observing stunning nature and wildlife of the river and canyon and camp under the sky. This all supported by our professional rafting and camping equipment and a tour guide specialized in river rafting trips.   
Would you like to experience much better rafting adventure than a grand canyon rafting? So get ready your river raft as these awesome rafting holidays await you.


Do you like adventure trips? Then do not miss out these rafting holidays belonging to the best adventure trips in Peru

You start your rafting adventure by a morning transport to the apurimac river valley passing the andes on the way. There, you get ready your special rafting equipment as well as you are given a short training on rafting techniques and safety. After that, you start rafting the apurimac river passing rapids of class III and IV.  In the end of the day, a campsite is set in a narrow gorge where you overnight after having dinner. On the second day, you get ready in the morning to do more river rafting trips passing other rapids of class III + IV. You enjoy rafting today for 6 hours.  Afterwards, you spend the night at a campsite with campfire on a sandy beach watching the sky. The third day is a day of our last rafting trips trying some V class rapids. Then, you also observe the wildlife of this isolated canyon having an opportunity to see animals such as condors, foxes, river otters, bobcats, cormorants and torrent ducks, among others. Later on, you pack the equipment and start returning to Cusco arriving there in the afternoon. You finish this one of the best rafting tours by transport back to your hotel. Join and enjoy one of the 10 best rated rafting trips in Peru


Quick Itinerary:


Day 01: Cusco - Apurimac River Canyon

Day 02: Apurimac River

Day 03: Apurimac River - Cusco


Important info about your Trek:

  • An Apurimac river rafting is rated among the 10 best rafting locations in Peru
  • 3 days of rafting holidays on the wild Apurimac river
  • Enjoyment of daily river rafting trips with many challenging rapids
  • Exploration of the Apurimac river canyon and its wildlife
Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representative in Cusco and a professional tour guide specialized in rafting trips on Apurimac River.

Accommodation: 2x campsite.

Meals: 2x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner.

Transportation: A private transportation, a river raft.


Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: if you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Susncreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf


Interesting Information


Day 01: Cusco - Apurimac River Canyon
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At 9 am, we start out our rafting holidays by a 4 hour ride northwest of Cusco (3,400 masl) across the Andes down to the Apurimac River Canyon - a 3,000 metre deep canyon, twice as deep as the U.S. Grand Canyon!! The 690 km long Apurimac River is the main source of the Amazon River making it the world´s longest river! These ensure us much better rafting contidions than a Grand Canyon rafting tour could offer us!


When we reach the Huallpachaca Village (2,000 masl), we get ready our equipment (self-bailing rafts, paddles, oars, helmets, coolers, life-jackets, wet-suits and others) which takes about 2 hours. Then, we are given a talk on safety and rafting techniques such as know-how on getting back into a raft, a flip of a raft, swimming rapids, etc. Then, we have lunch to afterward start a water ride for about 2 hours doing rapids of class II and III. Later the afternoon, reach our first campsite situated in an impressive narrow gorge. There, we have dinner and overnight.

Day 02: Apurimac River
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Next day, we start rafting Apurimac at around 9 am after a healthy breakfast. Today, we enjoy being in the white water for approx. 6 hours doing mostly class III and IV rapids! During that, we stop to have lunch and then we continue rafting down the river towards our second campsite. On the way, we get to a really narow canyon with a very difficult rapid that cannot be overcome so we have to carry our rafts for a while (approx. 7 minutes). At about 4 pm, we reach the campsite. Tonight, we enjoy dinner and campfire on a sandy beach under the sky of the southern hemisphere!

Day 03: Apurimac River - Cusco
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On the last day of this amazing white water rafting vacation, we raft through a few of V class rapids. Except this adrenaline sport, we can also observe the local wildlife such as river otters, bobcats, foxes, torrent ducks, condors and cormorants in this remote and isolated canyon After 3-4 hours in water, we have to finish and pack our river raft and other equipment. We finish our adventure trips by a return to Cusco on our private vehicle reaching it at about 5 pm. There, you are taken back to your hotel and thus your tour finishes. Or, maybe you can ask us about our other rafting tours.


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  • Transport by a private van to the starting point and back to Cusco;
  • Professional class V river rafting Tour Guide,
  • Safety talk on rafting techniques;
  • Rafting equipment: the best quality self-baling rafts, paddles, a helmet, a life jacket, a spray jacket and a wet-suit;
  • Waterproof bags for personal items;
  • Meals: 2x breakfast, 3x lunch and 2x dinner;
  • Camping equipment: personal double tents, sleeping foam matts, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents.

Not Included
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  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International nor national flights
  • Airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 20 for meals not included.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single tent.

Local flights: No flights are included in the price of tour!

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Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Apurimac River
  • See the variety of landscapes, vegetation and animals


Best moment of the Trek

  • Visit and realize rafting on the Apurimac River


Encampment Equipment

  • Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
    Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.



  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10 
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Apurimac River Rafting

Here is everything you need to know about Apurimac River Rafting, one of our most impressive routes.

Where is located the Apurimac River Canyon?
The Apurimac River Canyon is located 78 km northeast of the Abancay city, approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by bus.

Altitudes Apurimac River Rafting
  • "Apurimac River Canyon" at 3,000 m.a.s.l.
  • "Huallpachaca Village"  at 2,000 m.a.s.l.
How difficult is the Apurimac River Rafting?
The Apurímac River has rapids of level III, IV, and V. The best season to find them is between the months of May to December. The different types of rapids that this river has, allow the difficulty of the practice of rafting to fluctuate between the moderate and difficult level. It is recommended to go in the company of specialists, since the route of the river is interrupted even by the presence of cataracts.

Is it possible to do the Inca Trail on my own?
As we have said, it is recommended to go in the company of specialists, since they have the neccesary equipment, and the route of the river is interrupted even by the presence of cataracts. So, don´t risk for yourself alone to do the rafting.

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