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RAFTING IN CUSCO
For the adventurer that is visiting Cusco for the first time, do rafting is almost a must. There are different possibilities and the three most frequent according to a duration range are:
A complete day in the Sacred Valley staying in the river during two or three hours. You can also visit some archaeological sites around Urubamba. This is an ideal option for the tourist that does not have a lot of time or experience. The routes are very varied but the most recommended is the one including the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Calca Urubamba as it offers three sections that could be perform one by day:
Rafting in the Urubamba river or Vilcanota in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Cusco Peru offers three sections. Each of them can be perform in one day, they can be joint for itineraries of two and three days. The sections are as follows:
It is considered the most popular and easiest part or section. Previous experience or any especial physical quality are not required. You do not need especial equipment as long as the circuit is performed between May and September. The rapids are short and not very difficult. Although they are still very attractive.
Urubamba- Boca de Sapo
This part offers more adventure and you face more rapids than in the first section. In general, the circuit is more varied and the water runs faster. It is faster but not dangerous.
Rapids of Huarán
It is the most exciting part of the Urubamba, situated one and a half hour far from the Imperial City. The circuit implies more pure adrenaline and big torrents. It is necessary to have some experience but there is not so much danger. The circuit can be only performed during the dry season: June and September.
In fact, this part of the river is of medium degree of difficulty but of high technical level as the great movements done by the kayak fans. The kayak is part of rafting, though it is a complete different variety. It is a small craft with capacity for only one person. Because of its size and weight, it allows the person to pass by more difficult rapids and perform movements that would be impossible in a common raft.
Duration of the excursion: 8 Hours
- Rubber raft, oars, life jacket, helmet and waterproof jacket.
Useful information :
- Bath suit
- Thin and short pants
- Insect repellent.
- Sun protection
- A set of dry clothes, including shoes for the return.
CANNON OF APURIMAC
Three to four days in the Cannon of Apurimac. You will stay many hours in the river. This is designed for people very attracted to nature and adventure.
Apurimac means The God that talks in Quechua. The Cannon of Apurimac is considered as well as the cannon of Cotahuasi and Colca as the deepest in Peru. Due to the difficult access, diverse parts of the circuit have not been registered. Among them, the part of Acobamba where there are four amazing water jumps of 200 metres each.
Some people affirm that only the condor with its wide dominion over andean heights knows the secrets of this cannon.
The plentiful river
This river runs by a fantastic and deep cannon. This is one of those places where the beauty of the landscape and strong emotions joint to enjoy a privilege nature. It is situated very near the Salcantay snowy peak and it divides the departments of Cusco and Apurimac in many sections. It passes very close to important sites such as the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, an important defence of the Incas in Vilcabamba, and the medicinal baths of Cónoc.
When to go
The volume of the Apurimac river varies according to the season. The best period is between May and October. Feelings of being on a roller coaster while being on the raft are mixed with some moments of quietness in which the raft is pulled by the river as you admire the wonderful rock shapes. In the afternoon the expedition is not in the river but on sandy beaches in order to set our tent. Fires, a sky covered with stars and the sound of the river evolve nights of peace and meditation.
Rafting in the Apurimac
Different agencies in the same Main Square of Cusco offers this possibility. Most of the circuits take three or four days. Five hours by land going down to 2000 m.a.s.l.and we will be at the bridge of Hualpachaca. On this point, you receive your security equipment: helmets, ropes, life jackets, neoprene (synthetic rubber) clothes in case of cold and all the equipment is ready inside the raft.
During 55 kilometers you pass by rapids of type III, IV and even V. The maximum is the VI level but this is only done by experienced adventurers. The circuit in Apurimac is very demanding and it requires of total concentration. An extra kayak gives you enough relief in case of any problem. Those who know the Apurimac always say that it has the power so it deserves all our respect. Any kind of precaution would be necessary if trying this circuit.
An essential part of rafting is the range of difficulties to run by the rivers and their strong waters. These obstacles or white water parts, full of whirls and movements are called rapids. The rivers have rapids divided into levels going from I to VI. Generally the most interesting rapids are type III, IV and even V. The VI type are exclusively reserved to experienced people and adventurers. Running the rapids of type IV and V usually represents a fantastic experience full of adrenaline. Rapids of type VI are always of high risk.
The best rapid of the circuit is generally passing the third day of the circuit. It is a famous type V called Toothache. It is a tonic, dangerous and plentiful pass. Once in the river you should not worry any more. The team should obey the captain and row strongly. After passing the hard part, there are other interesting rapids but quieter ones: Babalúa, Tu primero (You first), Después de Usted (After you) and the Ultima Carcajada (the Last laugh). If after all this effort you still have energy, it is possible to try bungee jumping off the Cunyac bridge where the circuits ends.
This circuit takes ten days and it is part of the high plateau of Puno until the Jungle of Madre de Dios. Although it is not a river of high difficulty as Apurimac, it is also quite beautiful due to its flora and fauna. The rapids of this river are type three and four.
Ten days. It starts in the andean high plateau and finishes in the jungle of Madre de Dios. River of less intensity than the Apurimac but of great beauty. Amazing natural environment, ideal to take perfect photographs as the circuit has numerous fauna and flora.
The landscape is rich thanks to the Natural Reserve of Tambopata Candamo it goes through.
You will cross the magic and mysterious world of the Amazonian Tropical Humid Forest where the white man rarely gets to. You will see the shouting monkey, the tapir, the alligator, the huge otter of the river, the jaguar, the capibara and birds such as macaws, toucans, loriots, among others.
The circuit includes walks and explorations. You will visit the Collpa of Guacamayos (Macaw Lick) where there are thousands of macaws and colorful parrots at dawn as they met there to take vital salts for their metabolism.
Finally, a motor raft will take you to the lodge before going to Puerto Maldonado where you will take your flight back to Cusco.
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