4 days from £1050pp plus international flights.
Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush as you plunge through fast-flowing rapids down a steep-sided gorge near the source of the mighty Amazon River! The Apurimac Black Canyon, is made for adventure. Camping on the riverbank and dining beneath the stars adds an extra dimension to this action-packed adventure.
You'll be in a remote part of Peru, a region very few visitors are privileged to see. You'll get to see dramatic scenery, not just during the rafting trip but also on your way from and to Cusco, passing through soaring mountain ranges. There's wildlife, too, so when you're not negotiating rapids you can keep an eye out for Andean foxes, otters and pumas.
Camp will be set up on a beach, as you rest after your exertions and look back on the thrills of the day. The small of freshly-cooked food will soon be wafting through the air and you'll be served a wonderfully tasty dinner, well-earned. After all the excitement and exertion, sleep will come easily and you'll wake refreshed, ready for the adventures to come.
Your safety is, of course, paramount, and our partners are highly experienced in arranging rafting trips. They use the highest quality equipment and have the best guides, so although this is adventure you'll be in the safest hands. Best of all, it's FUN!
You'll be met at Cusco airport by a local representative and driven to your city hotel. Having checked in and settled into the hotel, we will introduce you to Cusco with a 'Local's Guide to Cusco' tour. This short walking tour is a great way to get your bearings, get used to the altitude, and see something of this beautiful, historic city.
The hotel is a short walk from the main square and there are several cafes and restaurants within easy reach. Later in the day your guide will give you a full briefing for the adventure ahead.
Today you drive to Apurimac Canyon, which will take about 5 hours. The scenery is spectacular and, if the weather's clear, you should catch a glimpse of the snow-dusted Vilcanota mountains before you descend into the canyon. You'll reach the rafting start point, where the inflatable rafts are prepared and loaded up with provisions. You'll be given a safety briefing and information about white water rafting, then you'll be ready to set off! You'll head into the canyon for the start of your adventure. for the next two days you'll enjoy some of the least-visited but, in our opinion, best rafting in Peru.
The river enters a truly impressive steep sided gorge where you run many excellent class III and IV rapids. In between the rapids, there are relaxing floats through breath-taking scenery. You also have the opportunity to get out and explore waterfalls and colonial bridges.
At night you camp on a deserted beach and enjoy great food and a few drinks around the camp fire. Full board.
More great Peru rafting today. Depending on water levels there may be the odd portage between the fun rapids. There are also stretches to just sit and float down the river and enjoy being in this fantastic location. Keep an eye out as you go for Andean Foxes, Torrent Ducks, otters and even Condors. Finally you reach a break in the canyon walls in time for lunch. From here it is a four to five hour drive back to Cusco, with views of the towering snow-capped Salkantay Mountain along the way.
Your back at your hotel in Cusco for tonight. Breakfast, lunch.
This morning you'll have breakfast at the hotel, enjoying views of the Cusco rooftops and main square through the picture windows. Later you'll be collected and taken to the airport for your onward flights, or to the next stage of your Peru holiday. Breakfast.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1050 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: 2017 guide price pp sharing: For a private trip for 2 people this will be from £1050 pp. If there are more people in your party, the price comes down. 4 people is £720 pp. This can also be taken as a group departure each week.
Return airport transfers in Cusco; transport to and from the river in private vehicles; twin-share accommodation in a Cusco hotel (2nts) and in a 2-man tent with thermarest (1nt); meals as specified; self-bailing rafts; hi-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, dry bags, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and camera containers; cooking equipment; first-aid kit; professional English and Spanish speaking river guides trained in first aid; swift-water rescue and CPR; safety cover at all times.
International flights and taxes; visas; vaccinations; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; sleeping bag (can be hired locally for about $10 a night); personal expenses; tips.
Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Cusco. Return flights from the UK cost from around £900. Iberia Airlines or KLM are most frequently used for this route. We will be happy to book flights for you.
Departure dates: This trip runs from April to November. This is priced as a private trip, but group departures are also available. The minimum group size is 4 people on the fixed departures.
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Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.