• Rafting the Apurimac River, Peru

    Rafting the Apurimac River, Peru

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  • Rafting on the Urubamba River, Sacred Valley, Peru

    Rafting on the Urubamba River, Sacred Valley, Peru

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  • Rafting the Tambopata River, Peru

    Rafting the Tambopata River, Peru

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  • A break from rafting on the Cotahuasi River, Peru

    A break from rafting on the Cotahuasi River, Peru

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White water rafting in Peru

Navigate the rapids with your on board team. It's fun and exhilarating, no experience necessary!

Whitewater rafting in Peru

We can offer exciting river rafting and canoeing adventures in various places in Peru.

The easier place to go white water rafting is on the Urubamba River - a really great fun day out messing about on the water. It’s a nice way to take in the magnificent scenery and at the same time have some exhilarating adventure sport for a few hours. It’s suitable for pretty much anyone and no previous experience is necessary. We even have a family option suitable for kids in which we use rafts and inflatable canoes on one of the gentler sections of river (Class I-II).

You can do a section in the Sacred Valley which gives you great views of the mountains and the ancient terraces. This Ollantaytambo section is graded Class III which is still pretty easy stuff. Or we can take you to the Chuquicahuana section above Cusco which is Class III-IV where the water is particularly clean and fresh and a little more exhilarating than the quieter sections.

As well as rafting on the Urubamba and Apurimac rivers, we can also offer:

  • Raft into the heart of the Amazon on the Tambopata River
  • Try rafting the world's deepest canyon - the Cotahuasi
  • Canoe into Pisac Market in the Sacred Valley
  • Paddleboard on Lake Urcos and the Urubamba
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Rafting the Urubamba, Peru © AmazonasExplorer

What is a day's rafting on the Urubamba like?

Whichever section you choose it is essentially a full day out. It’s about a one and a half-hour drive from Cusco to the put-in point. Here we’ll inflate the rafts and following a full safety briefing and instruction in the art of white water rafting, we'll set off for approx two hours of fun white water rafting.

The river starts gently with time to practice the manoeuvres required, then builds up with more fun rapids through beautiful scenery. We will hopefully see torrents ducks and views of the surrounding peaks. After approximately two hours of rafting, we reach our take-out point and enjoy a full picnic lunch before returning to Cusco mid to late afternoon.

Where to go

Cusco is the most common starting point for rafting on the Urubamba River. You would be collected from your hotel and taken to the start point of your raft.

How to do it

We have some fixed departure dates for our Peru rafting and canoeing trips, but we can also arrange them privately.
We can build these into most holiday itineraries, so you simply need to talk to us about planning this for you.

When to go

When you can raft the rivers depends on which river you choose and the degree of difficulty you’re hoping for. On the whole though, the Urubamba is raftable from about March to December. The Apurimac has a shorter season from about May to October. There is an annual fixed departure rafting the Tambopata in about September, but this can also be done privately from around March to November.