Rafting

Rivers of passion

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Peru has more than a dozen rivers that cover its varied coastal, hill and jungle regions. Its five longest rivers cover more than 7,000 kilometres within the country’s borders. The power of the water in some of these rivers allows makes rafting possible, a sport of pure adrenaline. Rapids are classified according to an international scale from I to VI, according to their difficulty.

The best-known rivers for rafting are the Apurímac (Class II and V), the Cotahuasi (Class V) and the Tambopata (Class III and IV).

Rafting arrived in Peru from Poland thanks to the adventurer Yurek Majcherzyck and his travelling companions who, after various attempts, managed to conquer the torrential Colca river and its 300 rapids in one of the deepest points of Arequipa.

The sport uses inflatable boats or rafts, which are powered by oars and generally steered from the stern, carrying the raft and its crew along the turbulent waters of the rivers.

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Mayo and Huallaga Rivers

Trips along these two rivers leave from Tarapoto and descend through the high jungle, along the borders of beautiful Amazonian landscapes. Its rapids are Class II and III.

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Cotahuasi River

The setting for various adventure sports and the Cotahuasi Ecosports Adventure Festival (in the first week of May).

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Cañete River

A popular rafting destination for Lima inhabitants due to its proximity and easy access. The recommended sector to visit is located in the Lunahuaná fruit and wine producing area. The river includes Grade II and IV rapids.

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Apurímac River

Included in the world rafting circuit due to its great depth and Grade II, III and IV rapids.

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Urubamba River

In the heart of the Sacred Valley, this is one of the locations most often visited by rafting lovers.

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Colca River

The Colca River is famous for its 300 rapids and for snaking through one of the deepest canyons on the planet.

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Tambopata River

This is the most spectacular route in Peru. It begins in Putina Punku (900 masl), Puno, and descends through tropical forests until it reaches the Madre de Dios Amazonian plains (200 masl), before flowing through the Bahuaja Sonene National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve.

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River rafting in Santa – Ancash.

The Santa River is a stream located in Huaraz – Ancash and is one of the most interesting for canoeing rivers in this city. The river comes to lie on the 3,100 m.s.n.m. and the difficulty of practical boating on its waters is little difficult, although there are parts of it that can reach the degree of difficulty V, so that the practice of this sport is not recommended for beginners.

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 Boating in Rio Tumbes – Tumbes

The Tumbes River is considered one of the largest rivers flow into the coast of Peru, this, as its name suggests, is in the region of Tumbes and its channel more violent recorded in the area Rica Beach and people Figueroa, within this region, which are encountered rapids level IV.

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River Rafting in Majes – Arequipa.

The Majes River passes through the province of Castilla in Arequipa, and has rapids of level I to IV, ideal for canoeing, recognizable by its three sectors.

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Boating in Rio Madre de Dios – Mother of God.

The Madre de Dios River, passes through the lands of Tambopata in Madre de Dios region, and is a great circuit for canoeing; River popularity for this sport is such that even in the place have made some racing competitions, where it competes with traditional canoes in the area of this trend known as Alto Madre de Dios.

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