River Explorers
Apurimac Black Canyon rafting 2 days
Duration: Apurimac Black Canyon River Trip 2 days
Location: River rafting level III-IV, camping & hiking.
Price: US 400
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I couldn’t ask for more? A superb rafting vacation in every way. The guides chose a perfect balance between high level rafting adventure and safety.

Apurimac Black Canyon River Trip 2 days

  • Trip Overview

    This is truly another exclusivity of River Explorers allowing boaters enjoy the Apurimac River with the shortest trip on the Apurimac. The Good who speaks or “Apurimac” as it is called by the local people in Cusco and Apurimac, offer a unique rafting experience through 40 km – 24 miles rich in geologic wonders, history, beauty and great rapids. Mountains topped with snow-capped peaks over a 5600 meter – 3479 mile above, acacias and Queuñas forests are home to soaring giant otters, condors, deer, eagles, pumas and foxes.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Cusco - Black Canyon - Valley campsite

    Day 1: Cusco – Bus to the Apurimac Black Canyon – Valley campsite

    You will meet your guides at your hotel at 8:00 am, where they will pick you up for a scenic ride to the river. After a helpful pre-driving briefing the ride begins through one of the most spectacular drives in the region. After 3 hours will arrive to the base of Black’s Canyon breach, approximately 2200 meters – 7250 feet above sea level, where we will have lunch and start setting up the trip. The guides will be available to help pack your gear (camp clothing, toiletries, sleeping bag and sleeping pads) in a fully sealed dry bags.

    Before the rafting begins, River Explorers staff will prepares you with an intensive thorough safety briefing while food, camping and personal gear is loaded. There after everyone chooses a boat and jumps in for a full practice on the river about everything talked in the safety briefing. After 2 hours paddling through rapids and pool sections and  at around 4:00 pm we arrive at camp with plenty of free time for reading, hiking, fishing or just relaxing. During the moths of May to August the water is a bit cooler at this elevation perfect for fishing, where catching a cat fish is almost always successful. Happy hour are served around immediately after camp is settled up and dinner around 7:30.

    The camp by night is and explosion of stars, a unique relaxing and peaceful experience.

    Day 2: Valley campsite - rafting level III-IV - Wallpachaca

    Day 2: Valley campsite – Rafting level III – IV – Wallpachac

    An early start sees you enjoying the Apurimac canyon with the aroma of freshly brewed Peruvian coffee . Enjoy a energized breakfast with fruit salad, porridge, bacon, pancakes at your on peace..

    After breakfast, it’s time to brake camp and pack up your dry-bags and re-load the boats for the day’s river rafting. The Apurimac is one of the world’s best rivers for rafting, but its also considered by many to be a superb destination for exceptional scenery and wildlife.

    Around 9 am, the rafting day begins with  a sequence of some of the best rapids on the Black Canyon section today. The Abis, The Wall, El Encuentro all class IV rapids where named by the first river runners of the Apurimac. The Trouble Maker, the biggest rapid on this day, is one of the most difficult rapid in the Black canyon section. A continue series of standing waves must first be navigated before enter through a small pass in-between the 2 big holes and a rock, intermediately after this, are coming small sections of level III, enough rapids to get your adrenaline pumping during the whole run!

    After this exhilarating section, you’ll be able to see water falls crashing hundreds of meters down into the shorts of the Apurimac River. As more rapids are still to run, the action continues on until the river flattens out providing excellent opportunities to  use our one man inflatable kayaks, swim or jump in the river.

    We finish a fantastic adventure rafting, camping, and spending unique time with friends and guides behind. A delicious last lunch will be served at the bank of the river with cold beers a prefect moment to remember all the great moments inside the Apurimac. After lunch we’ll pack up and return to Cusco

  • What is included?

    Transportation: To and from the river from your hotel and back

    All meals: Lots of delicious fresh food. One lunch on day one and day three made in Cusco by our cook, one lunch in the river made by your guides. Breakfast, two breakfast made by your guides on the day two and day three. Dinner; two dinners made on the river by your guides.

    All rafting equipment: Including the best type V in buoyancy aids, spray jackets, helmets, wet suits with long arms and legs, and paddles. Dry bag; Expedition dry duffel to store personal gear, this are bags with comfortable shoulder straps. Boats; self bailing rafts, kataraft or kayak for safety and luggage boat.

    All camping equipment: Two persons tent, kitchen tent, tables, chairs, kitchen gear.

    Satellite phone and GPS emergency communications.

    Guides: Swift-Water Rescue advanced III and advanced first aid certified and experienced guides.

    Comprehensive first aid kit:  Including water resistant back pack, water proof cases for cameras and fragile items

    What’s Not Included?

    For rafting the Apurimac river we recommend to have an insurance covering adventure sports.

    Gear: Sleeping bag and sleeping pads – may be hired for $25 each.

    Meals: First breakfast and last dinner on day three is not included.

    Accommodations: Hotels when off the river.

    Personal items (see check-list).

    Optional DVD and photos of your trip upon request.


  • River Rafting Apurimac -Check list

    Know what to pack for your Apurimac whitewater river rafting. Even if you are a rafting veteran, you can still forget what to pack for the rafting. This packing list is a guide with specific details and suggestions on what you should bring for Apurimac Black canyon river trip.

    On the water

    Items while on the water

    • Chaco or Teva sandals are a popular choice, but they are not ideal for rafting in the Apurimac Black Canyon. Closed toe, a secure fit and good grip soles are essential. Flip-flops are not allowed on or out the river or anything that comes off easily.
    • To wear inside the wet-suit we advise a comfortable, thin and light top and pants made from fabric that insulate when wet, it can be wool, polypropylene, pile, fleece etc. Absolutely cotton fabric isn’t recommended at all.
    • Pair of neoprene, thermal or woolen socks.
    • Most wet-suits materials are slippery on the boats, wearing a short will give an extra grip and will help preventing for falling over the raft.
    • To wear inside the wet-suit we advise a comfortable, thin and light top and pants made from fabric that insulate when wet, it can be wool, polypropylene, pile, fleece etc. Absolutely cotton fabric isn’t recommended at all.
    • Peaked cap.
    • High UV protection, water resistant sunscreen (small).
    • Sunglasses with strap attached to the two ends of your sunglasses.
    Off the water

    Off the water – Camping

    • Sleeping bag rated to Comfort 10°C – 50 °F during June and July and 20°C – 68 °F and mattress (rent for U$25).
    • Fast dry tracksuit or camping pants, shorts, not jeans or heavy pants.
    • Woolen or thermal hat (during May to July).
    • Rain and fleece jacket.
    • Two T-shirts.
    • Thermal tops and pants.
    • Runners or very lightweight shoes or sandals with two pair of socks.*Heavy boots are not useful, they take lots of room in your dry bag.
    • Head flash light or small torch, with extra batteries.
    • Eco friendly soap, tooth paste and tooth brush.
    • Money: You can buy drinks or snacks in the first and last day before and after the rafting.
    • Medication: Take medications that you use regularly, analgesics etc. We carry our own first aid kit for emergency use.
    • Extra prescribed glasses or contact lenses.
    • Please, avoid wearing jeweler on the River.
  • Departure dates

    Our departures are flexible.

    Our maximum number of people per group is 18. Departures are 100% guarantee with a minimum of 2 people.

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