The Black Canyon trip begins at 8:30 where you will meet your tour leader and board our private van or bus. The drive through the Andean mountains begins in San Sebastian, just 20 minutes south from Cusco. The 20 first km paved road takes you past the highest 4000 meters pass. The road winds through fresh mountains air and panoramic views of cliffs, grassy open sierra, and farms with alpaca and llama animals. Stand atop the majestic Apurimac River gorge as we begins the descend down the beginning of the rafting tour.
At the river, we will help organizing the river expedition until all the rafting gear is loaded in the luggage boat. A full orientation at the river’s edge on safety and rafting commands will be given by your guides. After a good lunch, we jump into the boats to practice all commands and instructions explained in the briefing, and only once these are understood the adventure begins!
After one hour of fun small rapids the river calms giving time to admire the beauty of the canyon passing waterfalls, unique rural bridges and some small local farms. At about 4pm our first camp will be waiting after being for few more hours of river fun. Guides and clients will help setting the camp up, and explanation about river facilities will be given by your guides. Swim, chat or just relax in the sandy camp while guides will make a nice delicious dinner that will be served at 7 pm. Before sleep, the trips leader will give a brief talk about the next day on the River.
Highest pass: 4100 meters – 13451 ft above sea level
Altitude at the river: 2312 meters – 7586 ft above sea level
Distance: Paddling on the river to first camp 8 km – 5 miles