The Black Canyon section has a great number of beautiful white sand beaches, and long sections of mild and crystalline waters. This is an ideal option for people with little or no experience in the river, or for those who want a more relaxing experience, in contact with nature and with a dose of action.
DAY 1: CUSCO TO NAIHUA
We will leave Cusco in our private transport and after crossing the Andes for 4 hours, we will arrive at the put-in in the town of Naihua (2,600 msnm / 8,530 ft). After lunch and receiving the equipment, we will have a safety talk and be given the instructions for the expedition. We will run a short class III rapids section for a couple of hours until we reach our first campsite.
DAYS 2 AND 3: APURIMAC RIVER
After enjoying our delicious breakfast, we shall observe the vegetation surrounding our campsite. We will then start paddling on class III and IV rapids, make a portage and enter into the spectacular white granite canyon. We will also enjoy milder sections. With some luck, we will be able to observe some river otters, deer, foxes, torrent ducks and Andean birds. We will have lunch in sandy beaches and go through a number of hanging bridges. We will also get to the Santo Tomás river. Campsite and dinner will be in sandy beaches.
DAY 4: APURIMAC RIVER - CUSCO
Today, we will run class III and IV rapids with names such as “The Other Right” and “The Three Condors”, amongst others. We will have lunch at take-out, enjoy some cold drinks and meet our transport that will take us back to Cusco and the hotel.
Difficulty level: Class IV and V. We recommend previous experience in whitewater rafting, and it is obligatory to know how to swim and be in regular shape.
We recommend previous experience, and it is obligatory to know how to swim and be in regular shape.
This is an expedition trip and we must take everything in the rafts. We will only need to take the basic personal gear that must not exceed 8 kg (17.5 pounds) per person.
We will be around 2,000 msnm / 6,562 ft), it will be quite warm during the day and at night the temperature doesn’t fall too much.
The night prior to departure, we will give you the dry bags (special bags for water) to pack your things, so it won’t be necessary to bring any luggage.