The Black Canyon Apurimac Peru

Cusco is well-known as the best one-day whitewater river rafting in Peru partly because of the Black Canyon one-day rafting. The Black Canyon switches from exciting, splashy rapids to peaceful pools, offering paddlers a chance to break in-between as well as the opportunity to test out our cool single-person inflatable Kayaks.



US$ 250 Per person


Group size

min. 2 - max 12




12 - 90

Tour level

May, June V - Jult+ III, IV


Level Iv rapids Apurimac River


Cusco -Black Canyon - Wallpachaca - Cusco

At your hotel, you will be provided with a pre-tour info by your guides a day before prior your tour departure. We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am and take you on a remarkable 3-hour lovely drive southwest of Cusco along the Andes right down to the Apurimac Waterway. Stopovers for photographs and bathroom sessions will happen on the way. We will get to the starting point of our exploration about 8:30 am. Everyone will participate in the organization of this, including filling the rafts with air, removing the gear from the bus, etc. Once that is done your river gear will be given to you – wet-suit (full length), shorts, type V live vest, helmet, paddle jacket, river shoes and paddles. Afterwards you all will assemble close to a raft for a safety briefing and other instructions given by your guides. They will show you floating positions, paddle commands, use of the safety rope, swimming styles, as well as methods of holding and using the one-man inflatable kayaks.

The river starts off calm with sections of its pool ideal to run-through all that was learned at the safety briefing. We will only begin running the rapids once everybody feels comfortable and ready. In the first hours, the river is branded by gentle pools and easy-going waves with just a few calm rapids and captivating nature views. There will be lots of opportunities here to jump into the kayaks, small walk to Sumaro waterfall, spot wildlife, swim, or just unwind as we paddle and approach the Black Canyon’s first rapids. With the narrowing of the Black Canyon, we will experience lovely splashy waves and water tumbling over huge boulders to form nice rapids. You will go through exciting and adrenaline-filled action as we run rapids across II, III and IV (note that rapids level IV can be avoided easily, therefore it’s a great section for family groups as well as children from 11 years of age). The river then gets gentle, ideal to re-energize ourselves and stop by for a delightful lunch at the riverside. After that, we go into the last section of the canyon. Here you’ll experience great whitewater runs, high-speed rides with stimulating rapids, and fascinating views allowing you to appreciate the jagged canyon walls amid rapids.

After 5 thrilling hours, we will come to the end of this wonderful adventure with our driver and van waiting to gather all the gear, with dry clothes to get dressed and drive back approximately 3 hours to Cusco.

What is included?

Private Transport

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


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 gear

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.


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

First aid

Complete first aid kit.


Extra safety kayak

One personal inflatable kayak

We take a one person inflatable kayaks for those who will like to try during easy level I and II rapids.

Happy rafters

What is not included?

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend you to purchase a travel insurance before making any payments.

Breakfast and dinner

Morning breakfast and dinner..

Personal items

Personal items (see check-list).


Normally the 10% of the tour cost.

River Rafting Apurimac -Check list

River shoes

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.

The sun light on the Apurimac is very strong, for this reason we recomend bringing a cap with brim to potect your face, you can waer that under the helmet.

Sun and mosquito repeelent

High UV protection, water resistant sunscreen (small) and mosquito repellent.


Sunglasses with strap attached to the two ends of your sunglasses.


Extra safety kayak

One personal inflatable kayak

We take a one person inflatable kayaks for those who will like to try during easy level I and II rapids.

Happy rafters

Departure dates

Black Canyon 1 day map

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