River Explorers takes you to explore the deepest canyon in the world. Located in southwest Peru, Cotahuasi rises from a 1000 meters – 3 280 feet high coastal ridge up to closely 5000 meters – 16 404 feet elevation.
This Class III and IV Peru rafting river has its origins in the 4,750 m – 15,580 ft lake of Wansuqucha. Cotahuasi rises from a 1km- 3 280ft high coastal ridge up to closely 5 km 16 404 ft elevation making one of the deepest canyons in the world.
Check in time at 6 am at your hotels in Arequipa. We depart in our 4×4 toward the district of Cotahuasi. The drive includes impressive vistas of the mountain ranges of the Peruvian high sierra. Once we arrive to the beginning of the rafting we will set off the camp to rest for the night.
We break camp after a delicious breakfast to jump into the river on an adventure that will take us into the first section of the Cotahuasi canyon. Rapids will be coming one after another while our guides will try to maneuver through technical rapids including rocks, waves and holes. Lunch will be served in the side of the river where you can have a relaxing time while your guides will make a nice lunch. The adventure continues after, running more rapids until we arrive to the second camp.
We say goodbye to our second camp after enjoying another good hearty breakfast. Certainly we will experience one of the biggest rapids in the most exciting section of the Cotahuasi River. In fast alternation, the river immediately takes you into a sequenced of rapids Class III and IV coming one after another, making this an intense adventure from beginning to end.
After thrilling exciting rapids we stop again for lunch to refuel to continue for couple of hours to our next camp.
After breakfast, the luggage boat is loaded and secured for the last section of the river we depart to run the last section of the River canyon. There will be some rapids to run while the river enter to the junction with the Ocoña river near the Pacific ocean. Cold beers and barbecue will be waiting for us at the end of the river tour. Our vehicles will take us back to Arequipa arriving about 6 pm.
Transport: 4X4 from Arequipa to the beginning of the tour, van from the end to Arequipa.
Meals: 4 breakfast, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Our meals are prepared with fresh ingredients including chicken, beef, pasta, rice, vegetables, potatoes for dinners and lunches. Porridge, fruit salad, yogurt, pancakes, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, bread and more for our breakfast.
Guides: Experienced certified guides in Rescue III and first advanced aid courses.
Gear: Boats, life vest, wet-suits, helmets, luggage boat, safety kayak, dry bags, paddles and paddle jackets.
Camping gear: Tents, sleeping pads.