The Urubamba River flows from the high Andes down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas and into the jungle. Visitors to Machupicchu or hikers on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu can see the large river snaking along the valley floor, far below.
Various sections of the river are excellent for white water rafting. One of the most popular sections is the Chuquicahuana on the Upper Urubamba River. The water is pure and uncontaminated, the surroundings are scenic, and the rapids are Class II and III. Most trips take place during the April through October dry season, as the rapids are stronger during the rainy season, mainly Class III and IV.
Unlike longer trips such as rafting excursions available in Arequipa, most rafting excursions on the Urubamba River are daytrips. You can arrange to be picked up at your hostel in Urubamba or from Cusco.
The Chuquicahuana section is great for beginners. Although there’s plenty of movement and spray to keep the trip exciting, Class III rapids are not that difficult. A professional guide provides instructions about rafting, safety, and how to use the equipment.
Then, you’ll have a few of hours of rafting excitement in the self-bailing raft. You’ll enter the water at Acomayo Bridge, which is perfect because it allows you to begin at the lower class and then advance, with the guide showing you how to handle different rapids. A safety kayak will accompany the group in case of any problems.
Afterwards, you’ll have time to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you’re still up for some more high-adrenaline fun at this point, there’s a zip line crossing the river which you can opt to do as an additional activity while you’re there.
Rafting trips in the Sacred Valley of the Incas include most of what you need, such as a life jacket, helmet, spray jacket and wet suit, but you should bring your own swimsuit, towel, sandals that can get wet, and a complete set of dry clothing. You’ll want to make sure to wear sunblock as well- the sun is quite strong in this region of Peru. In fact, we’ve been experiencing record levels of solar radiation this year.
If you’re interested in arranging such a trip, you can request more information or assistance booking in reception at our hostel in Urubamba or in Cusco.
Or, you can contact our travel agency Pirwa Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our specialists will be glad to assist you.