River Explorers
Running rapid Apurimac river
Duration: Apurimac rafting Black Canyon 1 day
Location: River Rafting 6 hours
Price: U$ 200
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River Explorers were super helpful with the whole planning process and always responded promptly to my millions of questions. Theresa B

Black Canyon 1 day – Whitewater Apurimac

  • Trip Overview

    The Black Canyon one day rafting, is just one reason Cusco is renowned as South Americas best one day whitewater river rafting during this time of the year. The Upper Black Canyon alternates from rapids to calm pools, allowing paddlers a break between the action having the chance to try our fun one man inflatable Kayaks.

    Pre-trip information will be provided by your guides at your hotel, the day before the trip departures.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Cusco - Black Canyon - Valley campsite

    Day 1: Cusco – Bus to the Apurimac Black Canyon – Wallpachaca

    River Explorers guides will meet you at your hotel at  4:00 am. for a pick up and drive south west from Cusco in an spectacular 3 hours scenic drive through the Andes down to the Apurimac River. Along the way we will have stop overs for pictures and bathrooms.  Around 7 am we will arrive to the beginning of our adventure, everyone will help organizing the trip this includes, taking all the gear from the bus, pumping the rafts etc. Once everything is ready you will get your river gear (full length wet-suit, Live vest type V, shorts, paddle jacket, helmet, paddles and river shoes). You will then gather near to one of the rafts to listen the safety instructions and commands that your guides will provide, they will demonstrate paddle commands, floating positions, how to use the safety rope and ways to hold on the kayak and swimming styles. The briefing will also include instructions of how to use the one man inflatable kayaks.

    The river starts gentle with pool sections perfect to practice all we have learned during the safety instructions. Only when everyone feels ready and comfortable with all the commands, we will start running the rapids.

    During the first hours the River is characterized by calm pools and easy waves with a few gentle rapids and fascinating glimpse of nature at its best. Here you’ll have plenty of opportunities to jump into the inflatable kayaks, swim, play or spot wildlife or just relax while we padle until we arrive to the first rapids of the River.

    As the Black Canyon narrows, nice splashy waves are to come, water tumbles over big boulders forming nice rapids. You’ll encounter plenty of action full of adrenaline and excitement running rapids between II, III and IV (note that rapids level IV can easily be avoid it, so this section is also great for groups with families and kids from 11 years old). The River then calms perfect to recuperate our breath and stop for a delicious lunch at the side of the River. After lunch, we enter to the last section of the Black Canyon. Here you’ll discover excellent whitewater runs, roller coaster rides with invigorating rapids, breathtaking wilderness which allows you to enjoy the rugged canyon walls between rapids.

    After 6 exciting hours we will arrive to the end of this spectacular adventure where our van and driver will be waiting to pack all the gear, get dress with dry cloths and drive back to Cusco (Driving time takes approx 3 hours).

  • What is included?

    Private transportation: From your hotel to the beginning and from the end fo the rafting to your hotel in Cusco

    Meals:  A delicious lunch pack of vegetables, bread, sandwiches and more. Vegetarian and vegan food are available contact us for details. 2 snacks in the morning and after lunch

    Rafting equipment: Including the best type V life vest in buoyancy aids, paddle jackets, helmets, wet-suits with long arms and legs, river shoes and paddles, small dry-bag for sun block mosquito repellent and others items. Satellite phone.

    Guides: Experienced guides certified in Swift-Water Rescue and advanced first aid.

    Complete first aid kit.

    What’s Not Included?

    Meals: First breakfast and dinner.

    Accommodations: Hotels.

    Personal items (see check-list).

    Optional DVD and photos of your trip upon request.


  • River Rafting Apurimac -Check list

    • If you want to bring your own shoes, Chaco or Teva sandals are a popular choice, but we recommend closed toe, a secure fit and good grip soles are essential.
    • To wear inside the wet-suit we recommend a comfortable swimming suits. if you want to wear something extra inside the wet-suits besides your swimming suits a comfortable, thin and light top and pants made from fabric that insulate when wet, it can be polypropylene, pile, wool etc. Neoprene, thermal or woolen socks.
    • Peaked cap.
    • High UV protection, water resistant sunscreen (small).
    • Sunglasses with strap attached to the two ends of your sunglasses.
  • Departure dates

    Our departures are flexible.

    Our maximum number of people per group is 12. Departures are 100% guarantee with a minimum of 2 people.

    Departures dates for 2018


The full canyon River trip (6 days)
The Apurimac Black Canyon 3 days
Lower Apurimac Grand Canyon 4 days
Lower Apurimac Grand Canyon 3 days