• Packing list for the Apurimac rafting

Apurimac River Rafting Information and packing list

The checklist information below you will need to increase your satisfaction and maximize your safety on the river and the campsites.

Pre – Trip Information

The night before your trip begins, the head guide will talk about the responsibilities and tasks as a member of the Apurimac River rafting tour.

At this moment, the head guide should have been informed of your medical conditions related to medications, physical and dietary conditions or any associated with allergies that may influence your safety and health.

During the camping we will expect your help to set up and break the camps down, clean up, load and unload the rafting boats. All human waste is removed from the river canyon carry out in a container.

  • Outside the River

    Bring comfortable clothes that will resist the severity of the trip. Remember, rafting on the Apurimac you will get wet; cotton is comfortable but dries in longer time, Nylon instead dries quickly. Bringing to much staff is a disadvantage; the dry bag has limited space so we recommend bringing what is necessary.

    We provide  a two person duffel bag to pack all your personal belongings. Please we strictly recommend to pack all the necessary items described below.

    • Camping

      We provide  a two person duffel bag to pack all your personal belongings. Please we strictly recommend to pack all the necessary items Duffeldescribed below.

      Sleeping bag

      We recommend bringing sleeping bags rated to comfort 10°F during May to August. (you can  rent for U$ 15 per trip). Between 18° comfort rated during September to November.

      Sleeping pad

      The Apurimac River rafting tour is great, when camping, there is nothing better than a good night sleep. Light weighted sleeping pads like Therm-a-Rest or similar provides good comfort and warmth during cold nights

      Sleeping pads U$10 per trip.
      Inflatable sleeping pads U$20 per trip.

      Flash light

      Or headlamp are great to move around camp during the nights. *Remember extra batteries!

      Water bottles/hydration pack

      Polycarbonate or hard plastic bottles similar to Nalgene brand are suggested.  A strap or small carabineer need to be attached to the bottle so this can be clipped on the boat ready to be use at any time.

    • Clothing


      Two pairs of woolen, synthetic or cotton.


      A lightweight comfortable pants around camp is recommended. Fast drying convertible pants that can turn into shorts with zip off legs is good option too.

      Fleece or Wool

      One set. This material dries fast and stays warm when gets wet. Substitute wool sweater if you prefer

      T shirts

      Take a long light sleeve cotton or synthetic t-shirt or button down shirts, this will keep you cooler during the warm temperature inside the canyon. We recommended to bring 1 for every two to three days.


      Bring lightweight body and under polypropylene, capilene, coolmax or any other similar types that are a quick-dry material that  keeps you warm and wicks moisture away from your body

      Women should bring one pair of comfortable bra/tanks for camping.


      A cap with a large brim provides sun protection, remember a strap attached to your hat preventing from losing in the rapids or wind. It is a good idea to bring an extra cap to use it on the river.


      A dry pair of sneakers are perfect, trekking boots are not essential and can be difficult to pack in the dry bags that has limited space.

      Sun Glasses

      Sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection is recommended. Polarized glasses are even better. Chums, crokies or retainer to keep them from losing. Two pair of contact lenses.

    • Other


      You will want to capture your Apurimac River rafting adventure. We offer a video and photo service. To secure your camera you may keep it in you dry bag on the raft. A zip lock bag for added security is suggested. Expensive photo and video gear should be in a waterproof case similar to pelican case.


      It is a good idea to have for incidentals; snacks, beverages or others purchased on the way to the river, and on the ride back to your last destination


      River Explorers honor itself on our exceptional team. If you think the service provide has been superlative, you are very welcome to leave a reward. The typical gratuity according to Peruvian tradition is 10% of the trip price and can be left in cash with your tour leader or a personal credit card with our office.

  • On the river

    You must wear a life jacket and a helmet that is perfectly fastened at all times while river rafting and walking during portages.

    The items described below are to wear on the river.

    • Personal Items


      Sneakers, Dunlop volleys and water shoes that stay on your feet and have a rubber soled made to grip when wet are very good. Teva or Chaco sandals with buckles fasteners are very helpful too.


      A quick drying loose fitting strong nylon shorts are recommended.


      Bring at least one bottle SPF 30 or higher per two day.

      Bug Protection                                      .

      We do not recommend DEET, its components damages outdoor equipment and even can dissolve plastic and rubber. We recommend Picaridin, (a synthetic composite developed from a plant extract) the regular use of picaridin does not present a health concern as the use of DEET.

    • To wear under your wet-suits


      Choose comfortable synthetic or wool. Cotton takes too long to dry after a long day on the river.


      One for 3 days. Capilene body and under. Light synthetic, capilene or wool. Capilene is the best choice for wet conditions and high-sweat activities, this is a quick-drying fabric.


      One per day. Temperatures between May and July can be chilly (55 °F – 13C° to 60°F – 15.5 °C ) if your feet  tend to get cold neoprene socks are a the best solution or any other synthetic material.