Camping the Urubamba River rain forest
Duration: The Undiscovered Rain-Forest 3 days
Location: Moderate level of fitness is required.
Price: $500
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Lower Urubamba River – Rain Forest Rafting Vacation

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Everything including rafting gear and tents were good and they were all ready for us at arrival. Guides gave great and fun safety demonstrations, good for first timers like me!

  • The Cusco rafting – The rain forest expedition is our longest adventure trip to the rain forest in the Urubamba river. The tour starts in Santa Rosa a small farm located near the river side just one hour from Machu Picchu. The whole river is packed with exciting rapids level III, IV and incredible views of the surroundings. You will eventually arrive to Quillabamba a nice town that still is not crowded with tourists. This Cusco rafting tour ends in Echarate small charming town into the rain forest.

  • Day 1: Santa Rosa - Santa Maria

    For this adventure tour, you have different alternatives of where you can start the tour, read more…

    Usually our tours start in Cusco. Our private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel at 6 am for a nice scenic drive through the Andean villages of Poroy, Chinchero and Maras until we arrive to the Sacred Valley (Urubamba) and then continue to Ollantaytambo where we will have little rest and enjoy the ruins that surrounds the town.

    The drives takes after to one of the most scenic routes of Cusco region, passing small Andean communities, snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and views of Malaga pass (the highest place on the tour at 14,500 foot or 4,350 meters above sea level) and the Amazon jungle. It will take two more hours until the whitewater starting point in the town call Santa Rosa, a small town hidden in the forest. Before action begins, we will organize the trip, have lunch and then the head guide will give a safety briefing about commands and other safety futures about the rafting, this briefing will be followed by practice in the river. Once passengers and guides are confident with the commands and safety guidelines, we will start going down river.

    This adventure begins in the Urubamba river gorge of more than 2000 meters – 6561 foot deep. During the first hour it’s a blast of nice constant rapids with waves and holes level II, III and IV, with just few flat sections in between. Before our first day ends, we will run one of the biggest rapids of the Urubamba, the Encounter rapid, the Veronica River feeds the River at this point making a level IV rapid with high fun waves. After running this rapid, we will finally be at our camp. Enjoy a nice sunset and great food that our guides will have ready for you.

    Meals included: 1 lunch and 1 dinner.
    Accommodation: Camping in tents

    Day 2: Santa Maria - Quillabamba

    Every morning before our rafting trip begins, we will have a delicious breakfast including oats, bacon, pancakes, fruit salad and more.  Today’s white water rafting futures great rapids from beginning to end. Along the way two more tributaries will feed the river changing the course of the rafting with greater water volume creating nice rapids with standing waves and holes. The scenery is amazing mountains full of trees and farms growing oranges, bananas and other tropical fruits adorn our rating adventure.

    We stop at Chaullay to have lunch, after which we continue until Quillabamba enjoying more rapids and the serenity of the river during the calm waters presence after running each rapid. In Quillabmba we will camp near to the Urubamba River. (Note that there are available small hostels, but this is not included in the price.). Most of our clients find this place attractive because the town is still not crowded by tourists. While our guides will make another delicious dinner, you can walk around parks and plazas.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Accommodation: Camping, tents.

    Day 3: Maranura - Quillabamba - Cusco

    After the last breakfast, we put the camp down ready for another great rafting day. The final portion of this section is nice with a lot of 3 rapids and nice flat sections in between. For better rafting experience try our one man inflatable boat, which will be ready for everyone who wish to jump into this small boats and challenge small rapids in the river. As more as we descend, nature is amazing with colorful mountains and plantations of papaya, coffee, avocados and oranges. The rapids are very nice; you will have class II, III and IV ending in Quillbamba. Afterward, you will return to Cusco. Travel Time from is about 4 hours.

    Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • What’s included?

    Meals: 3 lunches, 2 breakfast and 2 dinners, snacks.

    Equipment: Self bailing type V rafts, Type V life vest, safety kayak or safety cataract, wet suit, helmet, paddle-jacket, paddle), all camping gear.

    Guides: Certified guides in Swift-water rescue, first aid advanced course, English speaking guides with experience of more than 8 years.

    Transport: public and private transport.

    What’s not included?

    Train tickets from Cusco to Santa Teresa or from Machu Picchu to Santa Teresa, all this can be arranged upon request. For more details ask our contact mail.

    What to bring

    Long trousers, shorts, fleece, t-shirts, bathing costume, sandals, personal items, sun block, insect repellent. Travel Time from Quillabamba to Cusco 5 hours.

  • Everybody wants to have a good, fun and safe rafting experience. To best know about rafting in Peru, please be aware of the following,

    Cusco Rafting Regulations.

    Safety Tips

  • Departure dates

    For better information about transport, transfer on other details about how to arrive to Santa Maria, please look at this page Rafting rain forest info

    Our full flexible departures for the rain forest river rafting is every day. Departures are guarantee with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum number of 12.

    Seasonal from mid of April to November.

Cusco rafting, the rain forest expedition map

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