The Ultimate 3-Day Apurimac River Rafting

Daily Tour 3 days
Peru Cusco and Sacred Valley


You cannot miss this unforgettable 3-Day Apurimac River Rafting! The Apurimac river is the farthermost source of the Amazon river, arising at roughly 17,000 feet (5200 m) from the snowmelts of the mighty volcanic slopes of Mount Mismi in Arequipa department, it flows northwest through the Andes, descending to less than 860 feet (260 m). For most of its 430 miles (700 kms) length, this impressive river flows through narrow canyons, and its torrential course is frequently interrupted by falls and rapids.

Rafting the Apurimac river, lying in the depths of a 3000 m canyon, is a unique and impressive river tour that can easily be classified as a mind blowing-adventure, not only because the thrilling and adrenaline pumping white water rafting but also because the opportunity to witness in its entire splendor the incredible forces that carved this spectacular canyon during millions of years creating one of the most fantastic places on the planet.


If you want to see the citadel of Machu Picchu and its beautiful landscape, then book your trip in advance. Since, the Peruvian government has imposed a daily limit of visits and tickets tend to sell out quickly. Make sure to buy your tickets in time!

Why to choose Culturandes Travel & Adventure for this Apurimac River Rafting?

Are you looking for unforgettable memories for this adventure? Culturandes Travel & Adventure want you to have a hassle-free planning and an unforgettable travel experience without any stress and unexpected situations by the hand of its experts travel advisors and knowledgeable local guides providing you:

  • Reliable and high level services
  • Certified Peruvian tour operator
  • Safe transport according to the highest standards
  • Adequate equipment for the activity
  • Detailed and personalized information prior to the trip
  • 24 hour support during your trip
  • Excellent official local guides who will be the star of your trip

We are experts in private and customized tours all around Peru, ask our expert travel advisors to upgrade your experience with additional activities and extensions.

Group services versus Private services?

This is a question we all need to ask ourselves when planning a trip. The answer depends largely on the age, the particular interests of each person and, above all, the economy of each passenger. Below, we list the differences between conducting a group service versus a private service. It should be noted that, in either of the two modalities, you will receive top quality care from the entire team of professionals who will make your trip unforgettable

Group Services

  • The driver follows the stops designated by the tour
  • Groups can have between 15 and 20 people
  • Guidance is simultaneous in English and Spanish for the entire group
  • The itinerary has to be strict to fulfill the daily plan
  • Guidance is available at the same time for the entire group
  • The main advantage of group services is the affordable price

Private Services

  • The driver will make the necessary stops where you indicate
  • Of 5 or more people, the private service has a similar price to the group service.
  • You own the time you want to have at each stop
  • Guidance is in only 1 language and at the passenger’s choice (prior consultation for rare languages)
  • The guide will be available only for you and attentive to your requirements
  • The travel experience becomes much more personal and deep in knowledge

We urge you to get in touch with us so we can design your trip to Peru together, probably combining some excursions in private and some in group services. Our team of experienced voyagers knows what it means to plan a trip of a lifetime as well as the investment that implies, therefore, we want everything to go perfect.



  • Enjoy unsurpassed Andean landscapes
  • Dive into adrenaline with this three-day rafting trip in one of the most fantastic places on earth, the spectacular canyon of the Apurimac river.



Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel for the four-hour bus journey to the Apurimac River.  Several stops will be made to enjoy the beautiful Andean landscape, before arriving at the small village of Izcuchaca where you will have a chance to stretch your legs and the last opportunity to buy basic supplies before heading into the wild.  Over the next three hours the bus continues climbing into high Andes, surrounded everywhere by spectacular rock formations until arriving to Condor Huachana (“place where the Condor stands”), a viewpoint with an amazing panorama of the Apurimac Gorge.  From this point you will begin the drop down from the chilly heights into the valley of the Apurimac river and the comparative warmth of the subtropical zone at 6890 f/2100 m.

Once at the river, you will have a picnic lunch near the riverside while the gear and rafting equipment is prepared.  On finishing lunch, you will have the rafting briefing and introduction to safety techniques in which is shown rafting paddling techniques, floating, rescue and emergency procedures.  This briefing will be followed by a practice session in the river, where each passenger takes turns swimming in some level 1 rapids so that everyone can practice throwing safety ropes, grabbing the secure rescue lines, the safety kayak and much more.  Following this introduction, once the guides, crew and safety kayak feel confident, you will start the Apurimac rafting adventure on a relatively gentle section with II and III rapids in between magnificent views of the river gorge.

After a couple of fun hours on the river, including a rapid of level III (level IV in May and beginning of June) called the little Z and a nice waterfall you will finally reach a sandy beach, called Las Paltas (Avocados).  The guides will give a brief orientation to become acquainted with the area, the solid waste toilet system and the camp routine, while the campsite is setting up and after a fantastic dinner you will sit around the campfire with a nice hot drink to discuss the coming days rafting, or enjoy the tales and experiences of the guides on the Apurimac river under a spectacular starry sky.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After a healthy breakfast the Apurimac rafting second day is ready to begin. You will jump into the rafts and then continue your way through the canyon wilderness. Almost immediately you will face the excitement of II, III and IV rapids, this is where the training and practice from the previous day really show their worth. There will be some unrunnable sections, called “portages” where you will need to disembark and walk around it, carrying your own dry bags while the rafting guides will be taking the rest of the gear, then rejoin the rafting excitement. Today you will be in the water for about 6 hours, with a short stop for lunch, running breathtaking rapids class II, II and IV. After a demanding day you will land on a beach, set up the camp Table Beach, have a restorative dinner and possibly engage in some fun beach games in the wild canyon surround or just relax with a cup of hot drink next to the campfire checking your pictures, playing cards, telling river stories and reliving your best adventure moments from the river day under the stars.

Breakfast, lunch

After a hearty breakfast you will be ready to go back to the river once more.  The journey starts out with exciting IV level class rapids and some sections over which the rafts need to be portaged.

Immediately after these portages, the canyon opens while we enter Babaluba rapid, grade V, where we organize the safety and that demand full adrenaline pumping concentration from the rafters. The safety kayak will run the rapid first, after the luggage boat, and once kayak and the guides with the rescue lines are properly located, the passengers’ boat will start running the rapid. In the first part, the river goes through small channels with many rocks, after the river gets calm, and then we disappear dramatically while the boat is jumping through drops and holes. We have only few seconds to rest after Babaluba because The Last Laugh rapid, level IV, is coming before the river begins to become calmer.

At the end of this morning, your private bus will be waiting for you with a good lunch and cold drinks, time to load the gear back onto the transport and begin the journey back to Cusco city after a truly memorable and exciting whitewater adventure.  Arrival in Cusco in the late afternoon/early evening.

We highly recommend to overnight in Cusco city in order to avoid additional transfer surcharges
The decision to cancel, change or modify the tour itinerary will be always a 100% up to the highly experienced rafting guides, our priority will be always our client’s personal safety.

Ask our experts travel advisors to complete your trip including the impressive citadel of Machu Picchu, the challenging Inca Trail, a visit to the impressive Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, the majestic Colca Canyon, the mysterious Nazca lines or the enigmatic jungle or the Kingdom of the Chachapoyas.


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