Rafting in the Apurimac Canyon
Three to four days in the Apurimac Canyon. Daily stay of several hours on the river. Designed for people with strong attraction for nature and adventure.
Apurimac in Quechua means “the God who talks”. Apurimac Canyon is located, together with the Cotahuasi and Colca, in the deepest Peru. For its inaccessibility, several sections of its route have not been registered in its full magnitude. Including Acobamba sector, where there are four spectacular waterfalls of 200 meters each.
Some people claim that only the condor, with its wide domain of the Andean heights, knows the secrets of this canyon.
The mighty river
The river originates travels rafting adventure in a extraordinary and deep canyon, one of those places where beautiful landscape and strong emotions are intertwined. It is situated near the snowcapped Salcantay and divided over a large stretch departments of Cusco and Apurimac. This tour crosses important sites, such as the archaeological complex of Choquequirao -old stronghold of the Incas of Vilcabamba and the medicinal baths of Conoc.
When is the best time?
Apurimac flow varies seasonally. The best time to visit is between May and October. Feelings rollercoaster over the boat are interspersed with gentle stretches, where the raft is carried away by the river, while extraordinary rock formations can be seen. During the afternoon the expedition leaves the river to move to sandy beaches and set up camp. Bonfires, starry sky and the sound of the river marked nights of quietness and meditation.
Rafting in Apurimac
Various agencies, located in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, offer this possibility. Most itinerarys takes three to four days. Five hours by road and down to 2,000 meters mark the arrival Hualpachaca bridge. At this point security systems like spread helmets, ropes, life jackets, wetsuits and all the equipment inside the raft is prepared.
Navel about 55 kilometers and pass through rapids class III, IV and even V. The ultimate is grade VI and this is reserved only for well-trained experts and adventurers. The journey in the Apurimac is quite demanding and requires absolute concentration. A safety kayak as a companion for each raft, provides the necessary tranquility in case of any mishap. Those who know the Apurimac always say, that it is he who commands, so the river deserves all possible respect. No precaution is superfluous for those who dare to venture into its waters.
Intrinsic part of rafting are the difficulties of traveling the river and his turbulent waters. These obstacles or white water sections, loaded with swirls and motion, are called rapids. River rapids are cataloged contemplated from I to VI. Usually the most interesting rapids are class III, IV and even V. The VI class are reserved only for experts and highly experienced adventurers. Running the rapids of class IV and V is often a wonderful experience full of adrenaline. Class VI rapids always carry great risk.
The fastest rapid, which usually is found on the third day of adventure, is a famous class V called Toothache. It is a technical, dangerous and very mighty step. Once in the river there is no time to worry. The crew must obey the captain and row hard. Transferred the ordeal, others fast appear that are also interesting but more relaxed. If you have still energy after all the effort, it is possible to do bungee jumping from the top of Cunyac bridge, where the trip ends.
Our service includes:
- Rubber boat, paddles, life jacket, helmet and waterproof jacket
- Transfers in tourist bus
We recommend bringing:
- Short and slim trousers
- Insect repellent
- A set of dry clothing, including footwear for return