An adventure unlike any other, our Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting excursion is the ultimate in river fun, excitement, and history to stay with you for a lifetime.
There are rafting experiences and then there are rafting adventures. Considered one of the last remaining secrets in the rafting world, a trip down the exhilarating Cotahuasi River Canyon is definitely the latter – one of the most continuous, classic, and technical stretches of whitewater on the planet.
The trip that got us featured in the December 2001 issue of Outside Magazine, it’s fifty miles of non-stop class 4 and 5 whitewater hammering at a gradient of 60 feet per mile as we drop from put-in, downstream of 300-foot Sipia Falls, to the Pacific Ocean.
Carving the second deepest canyon in the world (the first, the Colca, is a just few hundred miles away), the remote Cotahuasi snakes through an arid yet dramatic landscape on the southern coast of Peru. Run by raft for the first time less than twenty years ago, only a few expeditions have descended into its chasm and braved its mighty river. Revel in the stunning desert scenery and enjoy starry nights the likes of which you’ll be hardpressed to see anywhere else.
While the whitewater alone is reason enough to join us on this memorable adventure, add the historic hike to put-in on an original Inca footpath – a journey back in time as we explore and admire the hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and artifacts that litter the canyon – and this trip stands apart as an adventure entirely unto itself.
Having hosted the first ever archaeologist to enter the canyon, we were the beneficiaries of his valuable advice and guidance as to how best to admire while also protect these ancient treasures and this unique region steeped in history.
With time to visit magnificent Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a scenic drive in private Land Cruisers to the quaint town of Cotahuasi, and all the technical whitewater you can handle, this is an adventure of a lifetime.