THE GREAT URUBAMBA RIVER /RAFTING CLASS I, II, III, IV 2D1N
The Great Urubamba River in Peru is a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River. It rises in the Andes to the southeast of Cusco, near the border of the Puno region, in a place called “La Raya Pass”, which at 4338 meters; it lies between the snowcapped Chimboya that rises to 5489 meters and the Mosaya snow peak, at 5400 meters. Here, at its origin, it is called the sacred Vilcanota River. Another main source of water for this sacred river is the snowcapped mountain Ausangate that rises to 6384 meters. As it flows in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Ollantaytambo the river is called the Willcamayu or “Sacred River of the Incas”. It flows north-northeast for about 724 kilometers before joining the great Apurimac River to form the Ucayali River. Together they join the Marañon River and the Napo River to form the Great Amazon River near Iquitos in the norht part of Perú.
DAY 1 - Cusipata Section:Vilcanota River
We will drive south east from Cusco, through farmland and valleys for about one and a half hours until we arrive at the small village of Cusipata, or “happy place”, to begin our rafting trip. After the safety instructions and equipment preparation, we put-in and paddle for about two hours in class II and III rapids .we begin with “the Introduction” rapid, which is class III. From there we go through a section of class II rapids until we reach Cusipata Canyon, which has class III rapids.
We continue through sections of waves with some good flat sections of class I and class II rapids. Later we float in the class II rapids while enjoying beautiful views of the Vilcanota Mountain range and the flora and fauna of the Andean forest. We cover a distance of 15 kilometers on the river before we take-out at a perfect spot to camp for the night. There, we will change into dry clothes and have lunch. We will enjoy a beautiful hike to the nearby Inca tombs and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and mingle. Tonight day we will camp under the expansive, starry sky of the southern hemisphere.
DAY 2 - Chuquicahuana section:Vilcanota River
By 8am we set out on our drive southeast into the mountains and on the way, we get our first views of the impressive Vilcanota mountain range. We pass several small villages on the way to our put-in point at the town of LLocllora. For an added measure of safety, we meet up with our “Safety Kayak” guide who will accompany us along this portion of the river. We will prepare all the equipment, have detailed safety instructions, begin our rafting trip, and float for about 2 hours. Our first class III rapid is called “The Introduction” which is followed by “The Curve”, a class III+ rapid. The next section is all class I and class II rapids. We stop to rest in a spot with great views of the Vilcanota Mountain range then it’s back onto the river and two more class III rapids called “The Train of Waves” and “The Knife”. Next, we come upon three class IV rapids and because these are difficult, we will stop for additional scouting and planning before running them. After running two class IV rapids “The Butterfly” and “The Bridge” we take a break where we have beautiful views of the mountains. The next section has several small waves and a large class IV rapid that is over 100 meters long with the continual great waves called “The Big Waves”. We will have two more spectacular class III+ rapids followed by class I and II rapids until the end. Along the way we have fine opportunities to see some of the flora and fauna of the Andean River valleys. At the end of our run, we stop to change clothes and have lunch with a beatifull view and in a nice tent with table and a place to sit.. The drive back to Cusco is about one hour and a half.
We Provide and Include: Itinerary transport roundtrip from Cusco-Licensed,C;P;R,SWISS WATER RESCUE COURSES Bilingual, history and naturalist Tour Guides-All Itinerary Meals, including vegetarian & snacks, Safety orientation and River Equipment ,optional activities-First Aid kit and Oxygen-Tour specific Sleeping bags, air mattresses and Expedition grade tents-Dining tent, Cook & Services.,Emergency phone, We Provide ,Safety Kayak. Portable toilet. Pictures and video optional