Whitewater Rafting...
South America adventure travel par excellence

Peru Travel: Cotahuasi River Rafting
Peru: Cotahuasi - PromPeru

Whitewater rafting is South America adventure travel par excellence.

Whether you are involved in Peru adventure travel, Chile adventure travel, Ecuador adventure travel or Argentina adventure travel, for the rafting/kayaking/canoeing lover, South America rivers offer much more than you could possibly ask for.

Take Peru for instance, where the two main rafting destinations are part of Peru's most visited regions: Cuzco and Arequipa.

So you could kill two birds at once, combine stunning scenery and archaeological wonders of the Inca civilization and others even older with adrenaline pumping descents.
Cotahuasi and Colca canyons - near Arequipa - are the two deepest canyons in the world, both rivers were first explored recently, in 1981 and 1994, respectively.

In front of them, the Grand Canyon in USA would be a place just to whet your appetite. However, both rivers are for the most part reserved only for world-class river runners - Class IV and V.

Wonder what Class III, II or V means?

To help you understand the river classification system, go through the International Scale of River Difficulty, in order to position yourself and choose your target according to your level of expertise.

Peru Rafting:

Peru Travel: Apurimac River Rafting
Peru: Apurimac River Rafting

Peru offers outstanding opportunities for rafting, no matter if you're a beginner or seasoned pro water runner.

If you're just starting or have little experience on this sport, stick to Class II and III whitewater rafting.
A good place to start is Santa river in Ancash (Huaraz).

If you're in Cuzco area, Urubamba river provides three sections regularly visited...

Apurimac river (about 5 hours from Cuzco) is considered to be one of the top ten rivers for whitewater rafting in the world.
Its name comes from Quechua and means "Speaking God", considered sacred by the Incas.
It has more than 160 rapids that range from Class II to Class V.

Another exciting whitewater rafting destination, and most unique, is Tambopata river, that runs through Tambopata-Candamo National Park, right on the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
It's a 10/12 day expedition that starts on the shores of lake Titicaca (Puno), and you'd be flown out of the jungle at the very end, to Cuzco.

Don't know about you, but we're passionate about whitewater rafting, not to mention the rainforest, so to be able to combine both it's our closest idea to a paradise vacation. You'll be camping on deserted river beaches, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.

Truly fantastic...

Chile Rafting:

Peru Adventure Travel: Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater Rafting Chile

Whitewater rafting in Chile has a one BIG name associated with it: Futaleufu river or Futa, one of the best whitewater runs in the world.
Its name comes from Mapuche language which means "Great River".

Coming from abroad, you'll arrive to Santiago de Chile most likely, head south to Puerto Montt (14 hours by bus) or take a plane.
From there, get to Chaiten (40 minutes flight) or a boat ride, to where real action begins.

Born in Argentina -Los Alerces National Park- Futaleufu flows to the west and enter the Chilean patagonia, an area of unbelievable beauty.

The Futa is divided in two sections...

To paddle the Futaleufu is definitely serious business, reserved only for the truly experienced...

Ecuador Rafting:

To know about all the options for whitewater rafting in Ecuador, please visit Adventure Travel Ecuador.

Have a fantastic whitewater rafting vacation in South America!...

And pretty, pretty please...come insured with the appropriate Travelers Insurance. After all, you want to enjoy a superb adventure vacation in South America, not to ruin your savings and possibly more along the way, do you?..


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