Views 31 Oct Peru, Pais de los “Rios Profundos” (country of “Deep Rivers”)
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As writer Jose Maria Arguedas named it, the river has in its diverse geographical zones torrential and abundant rivers. Peru is rapidly becoming one of the world’s premier destinations for whitewater rafting. Several of its rivers are rated in the world’s top ten. It’s not just the adreline rush of big rapids that attract, it’s the whole experience of accessing remote and amazing locations that make Peruvian whitewater rivers so attractive: spectaculer mile deep canyons, giant smootly eroded granite rocks, wildlife like giant otters, deers, mighty condors and even jaguars. The difficulty of the rapids is evaluated according to a scale that goes from class I to VI. Here there is a list of places where you can enjoy this fun and amazing sport.

Rio Apurimac (Class III-V ) runs in an impressive 9,843 feet deep canyon, located 4 hours far from the inka capital of Cusco. The Apurimac is considered one of the best and most exciting rivers in the world for river rafting because of it´s ideal conditions in terms of temperatures, rapids, water sandy beaches for the campsites. Awesome scenery and rare wildlife such as Andean bears, pumas, and otters can occasionally be seen while tackling the rapids.

Rio Colca (class  III, IV, V and VI, these must be crossed on foot along the shore)  sits in a canyon with a depth of 3,191 meters (approximately 10,700 feet), twice that of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in Arizona and can be ran along 44 kilometers.
It’s located 6 hours far form Arequipa. The Colca River, one of the sources of the mighty Amazon, slices through
the massive canyon, which remained largely unexplored until the late 1970s, when rafting expeditions descended to the bottom of the gorge reaching depths of 3,400m (11,150 ft.). The ideal season is from May to September. Andean condors can be easily seen while rafting!

Rio Cañete (class II , IV and V), located two hours south from Lima, has the largest water volume on the coast.  The rafting season starts in the month of December and continues up to April, which corresponds to the rainy season in the Andes. River running championships are often held here in late February when the river runs at the highest level and the river rapids can reach class V.

Rio Tambopata (rapids class II, III and IV) runs along the Tambopata-Candamo National Park located in the south-east portion of Cusco, which is close to the Brazil and Bolivian border. While rafting is a must try to discover the lives present in the jungle of exotic animals, including monkeys, giant otters, anteaters, caimans, more than 500 bird species and more than a thousand species of butterflies.

Rio Vilcanota can be run at different points: Huambutío-Pisac (rapids class II and III), Calca-Urubamba (rapids class II and III) and from the Ollantaytambo town (rapids class IV). Vilcanota was the sacred Inka river and divides the Sacred Valley of the Incas in two and then changes its name to Urubamba when it crosses the city of Cusco.

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