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1 day of River Rafting in Cusco – Urubamba River Rafting

Trip Overview

  • Trip Location: Vilcanota River and Cusipata River Lodge
  • Rafting Duration: 2 1/2 hours in the river.
  • River Class:: Class II, III Rafting.
  • Experience Level: Not necessary.
  • Tourist Transportation: We always use minivans, which are very comfortable and come with all necessary safety features.
  • Tour Season: From March 1st to January 31st.


$55 USD

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The Urubamba Rafting 1 Day, It is one of the most important rivers in Peru and is part of the Amazon basin, it runs from the high Andean ranges down through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, past Machupicchu and into the jungle. It has some exciting whitewater depending on the section of the river being done and the time of the year. You can find the most important section of Rafting during the season, it is located in Chuquicahuana area “Chuqui” class III sections on the Upper Urubamba river. There are good class III rapids and the water is not contaminated.

This section of the river is full of adrenaline, with fast rapids Class III and III+ on the “Chuqui” section of the river we will include a safety Cataraft or Kayak.

Tour Start Time: Between 9:00 and 9:30 am
Tour End Time: Approximately 5:00 pm
River grading: II and III
Distance travelled in the water: 18 km
Time in the water: 2.5 hours


We will meet you at our office (392 Triunfo Street) at 8:30 a.m. We will then take you on a 2-hours bus ride through a beautiful and very scenic area, full of lakes and villages as we travel to Chuquibambilla Camp. Once we get there, you will have time to change into river rafting clothes and will choose a wet suit we provide. Afterwards, you will pick a helmet, a life-jacket, and a paddle.

Once you are ready, your guides will offer a field briefing of all the details you need to successfully navigate the rapids. If your group is less than 4 people, you will have to join another group to complete the minimum group size requested for each raft.

You and your group will pull the raft to the river where you will learn the commands. Once on the raft and far from the shore, the real fun will start. The river is smooth at the beginning, giving you the chance to practice the commands when the guide tells you, but don’t worry, the rapids will come soon. When you feel like the river is getting rougher, it’s time to paddle. Suddenly the rapids pop up, and you will begin paddling. Be prepared to get wet, even if you don’t fall out of the raft! Water splashes everywhere, and it’s cold! You will be glad that you are wearing the wetsuit and a wind cutter.

It is very important to follow the guide’s instructions and paddle seriously along with the commands in order to keep a good balance of the boat. After various rapids, the river calms down for a while, giving you the chance to rest for a little while until the next rapids come. After two hours and a half, your ride is about to come to an end, and your guide will get you to the shore.

After you dry off and change from your wetsuit into warm clothing, you will have a delicious lunch. And, if you still have energy, you will be able to do some Zip-lining! Finally, you can enjoy a good nap on the ride back to Cusco, where we will be arriving around 5:30 -6:00 p.m.


Price:  US $55 per person

160 soles per person in Peruvian currency

Group size: 6 people per boat, minimum of 4 people

Important: We only accept direct booking and cash payments in our office for this tour

Included / Not Included

What is Included:

  • Transportation by private bus to the start of the rapids
  • Experienced safety guide
  • All equipment (life jacket, spray jacket, wetsuit, UK Avon Boats, etc)
  • Safety Locker to leave your clothes in our camps
  • Training by a professional river guide experienced safety rafter
  • Lunch (vegetarian option), comes with hot and cold drinks
  • Over 2 hours of riding the rapids

Not Included:

  • Tips for your guides (optional).

what to bring

  • Bathing suit
  • Clothes to change afterward
  • T-shirts
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Water to drink
  • Waterproof footwear, runners or tennis are recommended
  • Some cash


What should I wear?
You should wear a swimsuit and runners/tennis shoes. You should bring a warm pair of clothes for after the rapids.

Will there be a locker for me to store my belongings?
Yes, there are lockers on site.

How many hours will we raft for?
You will raft for 2.5 hours.

Can I go rafting if I am not able to swim?
White-water rafting contains certain risks. You need to have a least a basic level of swimming proficiency to go on the rafting trip.

Is the lunch included?
Yes, you will get lunch after rafting.

How many zip-lines will I do?
You do two zip-lines across the river.

Can you pick me up from your hotel?
Yes, we can also pick you up from your hotel.

What is the class of the rapids?

The Rapids are Class 2- 3. Very good for beginners. However, knowing how to swim is mandatory.

It is very important to follow the guide’s instructions and paddle seriously to the commands in order to keep a good balance of the boat.

There is always another guide on a kayak who paddles next to the raft should anyone fall out. They will also take pictures, which will be available for purchase on CD once we get back to Cusco.

The rapids are basically rocks and holes on the riverbed. In the Urubamba river, the rapids are class II, III, and up to III+ in a section of the Urubamba River called Chuquicahuana. IT MAY EVEN GET UP TO A CLASS IV when the river is high after the rainy season (December to March).

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