CUSCO RIVER RAFTING
This section is called Chuquicahuana and is the best part of the Urubamba River it is located at 2 hours southern from Cusco. It is classified as class II, III and IV plus+. This section has continuous rapids and for one day trip it’s a great fun.
Chuquicahuana section is one of the nicest rivers of the Urubamba for rafting activities, as it is less crowded, tranquil and cleaner than the Ollantaytambo part in the Sacred Valley. you will be running the water for about 2 and a half hours, with some parts for relaxing and soaking up the experience, and other parts for pumping up your adrenaline levels.
Upon your arrival to the river, you will gear up with your wetsuits, helmets, waterproof jacket, and life jacket. The guide will take that opportunity to give a 15 minute safely briefing, and give general information for beginners (how to paddle, follow instructions).
You can leave your day pack on the bus while you are the trip. On the river, you will be encounter class II, III and IV plus+ rapids, as well as some introductory rapids. Some rapids are techinical so our expert guides will scout ahead and indicate appropriate directions, commands. Also, there will be a guide in a Kayac for protecction for your safety. Finally, you will arrive at the end of the rafting section. This trip is known to be full of fun, with lots of “adrenaline pumpers” along the way. You will have a great picnic lunch, with hot and cold drinks, right there in the middle of the small village or near the river with fantastic landscapes from the Andes in Peru.
- Tour Duration: 1 Day
- Departure Time: 8:30 hrs
Meeting point at 08:25 am in our SAP ADVENTURES office or we can also collect from your hotel. 2 hours private transport into a beautiful and very scenic views of lakes, villages and towns in the way to Urcos and Cusipata. Once we get there, you have time to change in a river rafting clothes, you will find a wetsuit that will fit you. Afterwards, you have to pick up a helmet, a life-jacket and a paddle, once you are ready, your guides will offer a field briefing of each details after definitely a great picture time !!!.
Time to pull the raft to the river and to learn the commands. Once on the raft and far from the shore, the real fun starts. The river is smooth in the beginning, giving you the chance to practice the commands when the guide tells you, but don’t worry, the bumps will come soon. You realize soon that the river is getting rougher, it’s time to paddle. Suddenly the rapids show up, and you will see yourself paddling. You will get soak, even if you don’t fall, water splash from everywhere, and it’s cold, you will be glad that you are wearing the wetsuit and a wind cutter.
It is very important to follow the guide´s instructions and paddle seriously after the commands, this will keep in a good balance of the boat. After various rapids the river calm down for a while, giving you the chance to rest for a little while until the next rapid come. The rapids are basically rocks and holes on the riverbed. Rapids are classified from I to VI, been VI the roughest. In the Urubamba river, the rapids are class II up to III+ and IV when the river is high after the rainy season (December to March).
After two hours and an half your ride is about to end, I suggest, if it’s a sunny day, to jump into the water and flow with the river. Don’t worry, the guide will get you to the shore or back on the raft. It is always another guide on a kayak who goes next to the raft to pick up the people who fall, and also he will take pictures, this is great because back in Cusco you can buy a CD with all the pictures taken.
Once back on the shore, the same bus will be waiting for you. After dry yourself and change your wetsuit for warm clothing, you will have a delicious lunch. Then a good nap on the ride back to Cusco.
- Transportation by private bus or van
- Experienced Rafting Guide Class IV-V
- Experienced safety Cayaker
- All Equipment (life jacket, spray jacket, wet suit, UK Avon Boats, etc)
- Training by a Professional River Guide
- Experienced saftey Cayaker
- Lunch (Vegetarian Option), comes with hot and cold drinks
- 2 hours plus riding the Rapids
- Tips for your guides are optional.
What to Bring
- Bathing suits
- A change of clothes for afterwards
- Sun Screen, hat
- Water to drink
- Waterproof footwear, runners or tennis are recommended
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I was born in 1996, in a little town 40 minutes away from Cusco, called (POROY) when I was 3 years old my father died due to alcoholism, I was then taken by American folks from Texas U.S.A and lived with them in Cusco since. my American parents after 20 years in Peru they now have a Children’s home in the jungle area of Peru (PUERTO MALDONADO ) , So i decided to open this company to be able to help my parents with funds and sponsor kids that need help. so thats me . By the way i love photography.