Peru is the place where whitewater rafting dreams come true! From the coast to the Andes and in the Amazon jungle, adventure awaits at every twist and turn. On the Apurimac, Tambopata, Yavero rivers, River Explorers give you the opportunity to take the Peru rafting tour of a lifetime! No matter which trip or river you choose, we guarantee great fun, remarkable scenery, and some of Peru’s best rafting guides to take you on Peru rafting tours that will satisfy your adventurous side!
Peru River rafting tour deals
Clear away the distractions in your life on our Peru rafting tours while discovering the serene calm of rafting down rivers and plummeting into Peru’s world of extraordinary natural wonders. River Explorers is the king of Peru whitewater river rafting trips, continually called “the best rafting trip” by all of our customers
Date Price Tour name Days 11, 14, 25 - August 2019 $200
Apurimac 1 day
Rocoto - Qunyaq
1 View Trip Discount for groups $3600
Amazon rafting tour
11 View Trip Every day $100
Chilli Rafting 1 View Trip
Rivers for rafting in Peru
The wild geography of Peru runs north to south and east to west with phenomenal nature all around. There are over 100 rivers in the entire country, though only 9 are known for rafting. Whether you want to explore the coast, the Andes, or the jungle, we have you covered with a Peru rafting tour for all ages and abilities. River Explorers gives you the best choices for exhilarating whitewater rafting. Feel the thrill of the rushing rapids, see the magnificent views, and indulge in the excitement and history of the Inca land all along the rivers of Peru. We take you into the heart of it with expertise and experience to give you the best trip of your life
Rivers for rafting in the Amazon Jungle
The famed Amazon rain-forest covers over 60% of Peru’s lands, plus it contains and stores enormous sections of rivers, only a handful of which are open for Peru whitewater rafting. Our rafting tours are lactated in Cusco and Puno jungles, and each place offers excellent whitewater rafting for any level or ability. You’ll find many other outfitters on some of the rivers, but we have access to rivers they don’t, giving you a more unique, untouched, and unspoiled whitewater rafting experience. Our exclusive terrain only for River Explorers is the Yavero River in the Megantony National Park and The Tambopata River located in the National Reserve of Candamo.Through The Lost Inca City of Paititi (11 days)The Undiscovered Rain-Forest 3 days
River rafting in Arequipa
Rivers in Arequipa offer a variety of different levels for rafting enthusiasts to choose. There are half-day and one-day trips to the Majes or Chili rivers, or you can keep the adventure going for up to 6 days on the Cotahuasi River, known as one of the deepest canyons anywhere in the world. These challenging excursions bring big whitewater along with rich history and pristine natural beauty unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
River for rafting in Cusco
The Cusco region has one of the most extensive and largest concentrations of navigable rivers in all of South America. There’s no other place like it in Peru either, giving you a huge choice for access to different rivers you can raft with River Explorers. While many come to explore Machu Picchu and we can take you there too, there is much to explore and enjoy whether you’re coming with friends, family, or even coworkers. Cusco has a river for you no matter what kind of adventure you’re looking for!
River rafting in Lima
Peru’s capital, Lima, is home to more than 10 million people. Here on the coast, there are 34 rivers and just a handful of them are eligible for rafting. Just south of Lima, one of the most popular Peru rafting tours is on the Cañete River. The Cañete is a combination of peculiar scenery and exciting whitewater rapids. We have tours here for beginners, families, and advanced rafters all ranging from Level II, III, and IV, more options than any other coastal Peru whitewater rafting experience. The best season for rafting in Cañete River is summer so book your trip from December to March.
Yavero River rafting – Through the National park of Megantoni (11 days)
After many expeditions conducted by River Explorers and Earth River team, the Yavero, a river rafting gem is opened for visitors. It features getting up close with Machu Picchu and the hidden gem of the Pongo de Mainique Gorge. It’s pure paradise with a wild adventurous whitewater rafting ride. Choose your adventure up to Level IV.
Apurimac River rafting – the full entire canyon (6 days)
Make your wildest rafting adventures come true in Peru on the Apurimac. This river gives you Levels III to V, ideal for intermediate to advanced rafters. The sublimely stunning scenery enveloping you at every turn with high solid rock canyons, towering waterfalls, and unique wild life complete the picture of perfection.
Tambopata River rafting – through the Candamo National park
Want a little bit of everything in your Peru whitewater rafting tour? Then choose the Tambopata rafting option. The Tambopata river traverses two highly-protected ecosystems at the Tambopata and the Candamo National Parks. Exploring this surrounding is unlike anything else anywhere else, plus you have the option as a beginner for Level II or more advanced options that go up to Level IV, all with long pool areas for relaxing and watching the animals on the river banks.
Rafting adventures for families
Bring your family closer together with a real adventure and one that doesn’t involve overpriced admission to get in or stand on long lines. River Explorers offers rafting trips that are perfect for families. Get your kids off their devices and into our rafts for a real adventure they’ll actually call their friends about rather than text. Depending on the age of y our children, the length of your stay, and the style, we have fantastic Peru whitewater rafting tours for families with kids under 12 on the Cusco, Arequipa, and Lunahuana. For families with older children, we have multi-day trips that offer up to Level IV available on all the rivers of Peru. Contact us so we can help you plan your family adventure!
Choosing a river for rafting in Peru
For the best whitewater rafting experience in Peru, we have created guidelines so you can choose according to your experience, fitness level, ability, and age range. River Explorers is proud to provide you with the best rafting guides in Peru. We’ve chosen them not just for their experience in the sport but also because they are genuine, approachable, and insightful, plus they are eager to share the experience and thrills of Peru’s rivers with you and help you get up close and integrated into the local culture. We trust them completely to keep you safe while giving you a fun and unforgettable time. Call or email us so we can help you plan your Peru whitewater rafting tour.
These guidelines can help you choose, but if you’re still not sure, contact us and we’ll be happy to help
We ask for some rafting experience for trips of more than 2 days, and for rivers with constant rapids of level IV and V. The best section to start your rafting adventure will be near Lima in the region of Lunahuana on the Cañete River, great for everyone. The Lunahuana Paullo though is the best choice for beginners.
In Arequipa, you have one choice – the Chili River – which is a good option for beginner while still satisfying intermediate rafters.
With so many rivers, Cusco rafting options are ideal for anyone. There are several rivers and many different sections for beginners too, so no need to feel shy!
The Urubamba River has rafting tours year-round. This river offer activities north of Cusco, Sacred Valley and in the rain forest. The Ollantaytambo section in the Sacred Valley is an ideal choice for first-timers, families and school groups. And depending on the season, the Chuquicahuana section in the upper part of the Urubamba River is good for beginners and intermediate rafters during dry season. Urcos and Piñipampa are the best choices for rafting during the rainy season.
The rainforest is another section though beginners should approach it during the dry season only. It’s quite an amazing way to see Peru through whitewater rafting.
The Apurimac river offers outstanding rafting experiences and if you’re a beginner that really wants a multi-day adventure, try the Black Canyon for 2 or 3 days, as long as you have a good fitness level.
Frequently asked questions
We’ve compiled a list of the questions we’re asked most often. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for or have additional questions, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.