The Best 1-Day Vilcanota River Rafting

Daily Tour Full Day
Peru Cusco and Sacred Valley


You cannot miss this 1-Day Vilcanota River Rafting adventure! White-water rafting combines the thrill of riding rapids with the chance to reach some spectacular landscapes that simply can’t be visited by other means.

The Urubamba River, one of the main Peruvian rivers is part of the Amazon basin, it measures 536 miles (862 km) long, and is most famous for running through the Urubamba Valley, otherwise known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

The Urubamba begins life under a different name: The Vilcanota River, that flows north and passes to the east of the city of Cusco, running by the Sacred Valley until reaching the town of Urubamba where the river is Christened as Urubamba, so basically is the same river that just change the name according the area where it flows. Different sections of the same river, each with its own particular name, are used in different seasons (dry or rainy season) for rafting, and this can be more confusing when adding the difficulty of their local names that seem like tongue twisters, like Chuquicahuana, Quiquijana and Huambutio, so we urge you to contact our expert travel advisors to take the best decision for you according to your rafting skills.

This whitewater rafting in the Vilcanota or upper section of the Urubamba river, is a great option for a full day water adventure, offering different levels of rapids always depending on the section you choose to navigate, the time of the year and the season.


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 Vilcanota 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 Tour Rafting Cusco Urubamba Vilcanota whichever section of the river you have chosen for your adventure.



Early morning, the guide will pick you up from your hotel, it will take more than an hour driving through valleys, snow-capped mountains and small Andean villages before arriving to the starting point of your adventure.

Upon arrival, your river guide will give you a safety briefing and demonstrate rafting commands. It will be then time to gear up with your wetsuits, helmets, waterproof jacket and life jacket. It will take some minutes to practice all the commands and instructions given, and once, when everyone is ready it’s time to begin your rafting adventure!


During this season the scenery suffers a transformation from green to multicolored yellow and green grassy mountains and from rainy to dry sunny days. This is a fun day out suitable for beginners aged twelve upwards. There are plenty of rapids along the way and this section of the Vilcanota River passes through a canyon where the water is funneled into the best white-water rafting rapids of the day. The rapids are mixed with small pool sections in between perfect for small swims and jumps from rocks and cliffs, if the weather condition allows it.

After your adventure is finished, you will have a delicious lunch with a fantastic Andean scenery, with hot and cold drinks waiting for you. After lunch, you will return back to Cusco by bus.


The Urubamba river opens as it enters to Urcos and Pinipampa towns. This section is a mix of water with fast water current and one of the most scenic stretch of the Urubamba river. The run starts at the village of Urcos and runs for 7.5ml/12 km. down to Huambutio. The river in this section flows through small islands and channels and then enter into a series of gorges with excellent level II and III rapids perfect for beginners and families. After this great adventure, a delicious homemade lunch will be waiting for you. As soon as the van is loaded it’s time to say goodbye to the river and to start the drive back to Cusco.


This section of the river offers one of the best whitewater rafting of the Urubamba River. This part of the river is an ideal whitewater for everyone looking for a good adventure. During the course of tour, you will have a chance to see torrent ducks, falcons, herons and mythical ancient tombs. You will encounter more than 40 exciting and continuous level 3 and 4 rapids that will thrill you throughout the 16 km – 9. 5 mi run. After two exhilarating hours we will arrive to the end, where our cook will have a delicious lunch prepared with fresh ingredients ready for us. This is a section of pure fun without the anxiety that sometimes follows tougher runs, is suitable for first timers with good fitness level, intermediate rafters and can also satisfied advanced boaters. As soon as the van is loaded it’s time to say goodbye to the river and to start the drive back to Cusco.


The river welcomes you with gentle small rapids perfect to practice before entering the big ones. The river then transforms into a long constant series of rapids full of massive holes and waves. Chuquicahuana section, in rainy season, is only for adventurous intermediate and experienced rafters.

After this thrilling adventure, a delicious homemade lunch will be waiting for you.

As soon as the van is loaded it’s time to say goodbye to the river and to start the drive back to Cusco.


  • 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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