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I have been rafting in Chile, US and now Peru and River Explorers was by far the best experience. River guides were experienced doing a great job of creating an enjoyable Peruvian experience. Can’t wait to go back!!
The Urubamba whitewater rafting in the upper section is located at only 45 minutes form Cusco and 1 hours from the Sacred Valley. This river runs through a steep, twisted gorge lined with sharp granite rocks and rapids.
If you will choose rafting the upper Urubamba River, consider the season and the section. During raining season (December – April), heavy rains makes the upper section one the best places for rafting in Cusco. Because the stretch of the river is long, the upper portion offer different sections for different levels.
Normally in dry season (early May to December), this is a superb choice for vigorous first timers and can satisfied boaters with little experience. This rafting offers nice technical rapids with rocks, waves and wholes.
Dry season (May to December): During dry season, mountain snow-melt brings the Chuquicahuana to life for thrilling Level II-III rapids through the upper Urubamba. This section dwell in scenic overlooks, making for a close experience between rafting and nature. The Chuquicahuana section is excellent choices for whitewater day trips close to Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
Rainy season (mid- December to April): You may think that rafting during this period is to cold, but actually rainy season are warmer than dry season and the Urubamba become one of the best rivers for whitewater rafting in south America. However, River Explorers watch the river levels and weather closely in raining season to pull off a trip in the Chuquicahuana, the Quiquijana or on the Piñipampa section. The key is to choose the right section evaluating the river level and weather condition to run an absolutely safe and fun rafting tour. Whatever the section you select according to your abilities, the rewards are high. Both sections are spectacular, the level 3 and 4 rapids are challenging and river side views are outstanding.
All the Urubamba whitewater rafting tours in the upper section starts at 8 am when you meet your guide at your hotel. The drive travels along the way down the Saylla and Oropesa Valley. The whole route offer spectacular views of the Andes, lakes and charming villages. Each town along the drive possess its own beauty and range of uniqueness, including local markets, rich corn farmlands and ancient ruins.
Once at the beginning, you will put on a wet-suit, life jacket, paddle jacket and helmet- Thereafter, the head guide will give a well orientated safety talk about the commands and will show techniques for rescue, swimming positions and other safety instructions related to rafting. Once this is done, we will jump into the river! Each guide will make sure that you feel secure with the information given in the briefing which you will practice before start running the rapids.
Meals: 1 snack and 1 lunch
Rafting gear: Safety kayak, self bailing rafts, life jacket type V, wet suit, paddle jacket, paddle and helmets.
Guide: English speaking guide certified in advanced first aid course and Swift Water rescue level III.
-Sandals like Teva or Chacos with straps that secure the food properly, tennis shoes can also be a best alternative (flip flops not acceptable).
-Dry shoes for after the rafting.
-Sun block, drinking water.
-Towel and dry warm clothes for after rafting.
-Eyes glasses need to have a string or rope attached to avoid falling down.
-We provide full wet suits that covers the arms and legs. Wear swimming suit inside the wet suit and if you wish a long synthetic sleeve can also be good if you want to keep warmer. Cotton is not recommended at all to wear while rafting.
Urubamba whitewater safety
The personal safety of our clients is our main concern. Be aware that is raining season and the Urubamba river gets wild, melting water after each rain feed the river making the Urubamba whitewater rafting a once in a life time experience. The decision to cancel, change or modify the tour itinerary is 100 % up to the guides.
To better enjoy your whitewater adventure read our tips and recommendations before booking trips for river rafting in Cusco,
Daily departures at 8 am.
Flexible departures with minimum of 2 people, maximum number of people per group are 18.
Season: All year round.