This exciting whitewater rafting expedition is rated among the 10 best expedition Rafting trips in the world .The APURIMAC, in the native language quechua, meaning “speaker of the gods”. This river is the most direct source of the Amazon River, which makes it the longest river in the world. From Cusco 3300m. we drive across the Andes, down to the Apurimac, at an altitude of 2000m. Upon arrival at the put in, we prepare all the equipment, self-bailing raft and cataraft. After lunch, we raft down to our first campsite. Under the night sky of the southern hemisphere, our staff prepares all meals and sets up the campfire. Most of the rapids are III+ and IV rapids, but also a few IV+ and some class V. At one point, we reach a narrow canyon with an impassable rapid. Here we have to do a 300m portage. Among the wildlife in this remote and isolated canyon, we find river otters, bobcat, foxes, condors, torrent ducks and cormorants etc.
We meet at 9:00 am. We leave and drive 4 hours through the Andes to the put-in at Huallpachaca Bridge, 2000m high in altitude. It will take us a couple hours to prepare all the equipment, rafts, cargo raft, coolers, and provide your helmets, lifejackets, wet suits etc. After lunch we will give you a safety talk. We will put emphasis on training all the participants, in how to get back into the raft, flipping the raft,swimming a rapid etc. You will be floating as a training day for 2 or 3 hours, running class II and III rapids. We camp out in a narrow gorge with spectacular canyon walls. Here the guides will prepare dinner.
After breakfast we start rafting around 9:00am. Today we will be in the water for about 6 hours, running mostly class III and IV rapids, stopping for lunch and then arriving at camp around 4:00pm. We sleep on a sandy beach under the night sky of the southern hemisphere.
After a good breakfast we are going to be rafting through a couple of class V rapids with names such as “tooth ache”, “you first” and ”last laugh”. After 3 to 4 hours of rafting we arrive at the take out, where we pack all the equipment and drive back to Cusco, arriving around 6:00 pm.