Apurimac Rafting Tours
The Apurimac rafting is one of those unique and impressive river tours that can easily be classified as a mind-blowing adventure. The Canyon is unequaled, and the chance to witness the entire splendor of this region should not be forgotten. A river rafting trip through this fascinating canyon combines world-class whitewater river rapids with excitement and breathtaking scenery to make for a genuinely and extraordinary river rafting experience.
The commercial section for rafting the Apurimac covers from Nayhua (an small village near the Apurimac river bed), located at 7900 feet – 2400 meters above sea level and ends 56 miles – 90 km down in Qunyaq at 6100 feet – 1800 meter above sea level. The rafting section offers more than 300 hundreds in between volume of water and technical rapids in an astonishing setting. Different agents and the river carved the canyon for million of years to create one of the most fantastic places on the planet.
The Apurimac River Source
The source of the Apurimac River was identified at the volcano peak of Mismi and considered the ultimate source of the Amazon River according to the National Geographic expedition led by Loren McIntyre in 1971. In 2000, a follow-up expedition affirmed Lake Ticlla Cocha at the base of Mismi mountain as the source and the Apurímac River as the longest upstream extension of the Amazon River. Until now the Apurimac River is considered as the continuously flowing source of the Amazon River.
Day on the River
Before any Apurimac rafting tours begins, your guides will give you a trip orientation about safety including details of river navigation, camping, and other safety precautions when rafting on the river.
A typical day on the Apurimac River includes rafting for 5 to 6 hours stopping for scouting, bathrooms breaks, lunch, and other opportunities such as jumping from cliffs, swimming, etc. After an exciting full rafting day on the river, you will arrive at the campsite where everyone will help unpacking the luggage boat and setting the camp up. No worries, there is always plenty of time to relax, play games, swim, explore the surroundings or watch the condor’s flies.
The first night at camp, the guides will give you a full orientation about the camping place including the kitchen and toilet facilities. We provide all necessary rafting and camping equipment and dry bags for customers.
While you enjoy the afternoon, there will be some appetizers before dinner. Every program has a specifically menu catering with Peruvian, Mexican and Italian dishes. Enjoy different main courses such as Lomo Saltado (Peruvian national dish), grilled chicken or beef, pastas, potatoes, rice and much more; all the menus are always accompanied by entrees and fresh salad bar.
Even if you are an experienced camper or first time sleeping in the outdoors, River Explorers makes camping easy, you only need to concern about packing your personal things and enjoy the excitement and the beauty of the Apurimac canyon. We provide the rest: You can choose to sleep in our roomy 3 person tents (one tent for 2 persons) available at any time and simple to set up, or if you wish, sleep under the wide canopy of stars. Sandy empty beaches are always available on the Apurimac River, giving an extra comfort to your nights.
Dry-bags (Water resistant dry duffels) protect your personal items from water and sand. Camp equipment such as tables, stoves, and chairs makes camping easy and more comfortable.
As Apurimac River rafting outfitter is our responsibility to remove solid human waste from the canyon. Portable toilet and hand wash system is a part of the camping facilities and will accompany all trips on the river. These facilities are set up in a special location assuring privacy and will remain from the moment we arrive at camp until camp breaks down the following day.
The Apurimac River offers mild and dry climate from May to August, warm and humid climate from September to April. Cooled by the mellow breezes of the Andes during the warmest months and heated by the warm breezes of the Amazon Jungle during the coldest months, the climate on the canyon is sunny and enjoyable during the whole dry season perfect for rafting the Apurimac River.
Practically speaking, there are two distinguish seasons: The dry and the wet season.
Like any other adventure activities, the principal key to client enjoyment and safety are guides, gear, and planning. To run the Apurimac rafting tours, it’s very important to keep the equipment in good conditions, certified and especially experienced guides. At River Explorers, we carefully pick the best river gear for your comfort and above all for your safety.
Are included in the rafting tours all of the meals and snacks from lunch on the first day to the lunch on the last day. Our meals served on the river and in the camps are a perfect supplement to an exciting day of rafting. Our whitewater guides are marvelous cooks who will prepare the best, diverse and healthy meals made with fresh ingredients.
We offer special dietary needs and allergy issues upon request. Vegetarians, kosher, peanut and gluten free or any other specific requests.
Join us in an awesome adventure accompanied by spectacular scenery, best rafting guides and premium delicious food.
The Apurimac river born up in the mountains near Arequipa in the low lands of the Mismi volcano. The waters run through different climates and nature from the Andes down to the rain forest to finally meting the Ucayaly River, one of biggest affluent of the Amazon River.
There is not a deep study about the origin of the Apurimac canyon but its easily understood that natural agents carved it. The Apurimac canyon is the result of erosion made by a river who created impressive rock formations and walls of pure stone of more than 3000 meters – 9842.52 feet deep.
During its course this river traverses small valleys, water falls, gorges and small villages with micro climates perfect to house a wide range of life. Even with its steepness the Apurimac river canyon offers a diverse wildlife. Occasionally foxes, deer, otter and pumas are spotted. However, the bird life is far more incredible. Herons, eagles, parrots, wood pickers, falcons and the amazing condors are few of the birds normally seen during the Apurimac rafting tours.
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