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River Running - Rafting Arequipa - Peru

The rivers that tumble off the mountains and through the canyons near Arequipa provide plenty of opportunities for white water rafting and kayaking. River running is best from April through December.

The Río Chili, which flows through the city, is one of the most frequently run rivers and in 2012 was the venue for the first international kayak competition. It has Class III and IV rapids.

The Río Majes is another commercially run river that is a bit calmer, with Class II-III rapids. Majes River Lodge offers rafting on this river.

The rivers that carve the two canyons to the north of Arequipa offer other opportunities to hit the white waters. Río Colca has two stretches that may be run: the Alto, with Class III rapids, and the more popular Huambo-Majes leg, with challenging Class IV-V rapids and which is offered as a several-day expedition. The Río Cotahuasi is the least-run river and has Class III-V rapids.


Around Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru

Rafting Types:
Rafting, kayaking, ducky, hydrospeeding

Getting There

A number of tour agencies and operators, like Carlos Zárate Aventuras, can line you up with companies specializing in these adventures. Colca Trek has its own in-house guide, as does Cusipata Rafting (Ca Jerusalén 408. Tel: 203-966, E-mail:, URL: Many places, though, do not have kayaks; it is easier to do these runs if you have your own. Wet Planet Whitewater is a US-based company that does multi-day expeditions on the Cotahuasi, Apurímac and other Peruvian rivers (860 Highway 141, Husum, WA 98672. Tel: 1-877-390-9445, URL:

Travel Tips:

Be sure that the tour operator provides life jackets, helmets and other safety equipment.

Price Description:

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring:

Currencies accepted
Peruvian nuevo sol, US dollar

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