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.
Our awesome Apurimac river rafting tours
The Apurimac river has carved this amazing canyon throughout the years offering unique views of massive rocky walls of different shapes that looks something out from this planet and is combining with water falls, ruins, hikes and snow capped mountains, its simply overwhelming. The incredible greenish water of the River makes the Apurimac one of the most beautiful in South America. Unfortunately, for nature lovers the Apurimac Gorge is only accessible by kayak or rafting boats and is perfect for rafting activities. The commercial section of the Apurimac is divided in two, the upper and the lower canyon. Our tours will take you to explore both with trips that ranges from 1 to 6 days river trips into the wonders of the Apurimac river.
The upper Apurimac River Black Canyon tours
Located just 90 minutes from Cusco, the Black Canyon offers day and multi-day rafting tours that is a good starting point for beginners and intermediate. This section offer also nice hiking opportunities to explore, providing the perfect day for the entire family, group, or friends with nice sandy camping grounds for those who want to enjoy a multi-day trip.
The lower Apurimac River Grand Canyon tours
The lower section is unique, especially if you like to look at waterfalls and gorges of solid rock of up to 2000 feet. Besides these incredible natural formations the whitewater is the real deal, more than 200 hundred of challenging in between technical, boulders, big waves and holes of roaring rapids. The lower grand canyon is available for people from 13 years to above and we required a rafting experience before embarking in this adventure. If you are a beginner you can start with the upper section and then continue down to the lower section.
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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