Black Canyon 1 day Whitewater Apurimac rafting

Cusco is well-known as the best one-day whitewater river rafting in Peru partly because of the Black Canyon one-day rafting. The Black Canyon switches from exciting, splashy rapids to peaceful pools, offering paddlers a chance to break in-between as well as the opportunity to test out our cool single-person inflatable Kayaks.


Price from

US$ 250 Per person


Group size

min. 2 - max 12




12 - 90

Tour level

May, June V - Jult+ III, IV



Cusco -Black Canyon - Wallpachaca - Cusco

At your hotel, you will be provided with a pre-tour info by your guides a day before prior your tour departure. We will pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am and take you on a remarkable 3-hour lovely drive southwest of Cusco along the Andes right down to the Apurimac Waterway. Stopovers for photographs and bathroom sessions will happen on the way. We will get to the starting point of our exploration about 8:30 am. Everyone will participate in the organization of this, including filling the rafts with air, removing the gear from the bus, etc. Once that is done your river gear will be given to you – wet-suit (full length), shorts, type V live vest, helmet, paddle jacket, river shoes and paddles. Afterwards you all will assemble close to a raft for a safety briefing and other instructions given by your guides. They will show you floating positions, paddle commands, use of the safety rope, swimming styles, as well as methods of holding and using the one-man inflatable kayaks.

The river starts off calm with sections of its pool ideal to run-through all that was learned at the safety briefing. We will only begin running the rapids once everybody feels comfortable and ready. In the first hours, the river is branded by gentle pools and easy-going waves with just a few calm rapids and captivating nature views. There will be lots of opportunities here to jump into the kayaks, small walk to Sumaro waterfall, spot wildlife, swim, or just unwind as we paddle and approach the Black Canyon’s first rapids. With the narrowing of the Black Canyon, we will experience lovely splashy waves and water tumbling over huge boulders to form nice rapids. You will go through exciting and adrenaline-filled action as we run rapids across II, III and IV (note that rapids level IV can be avoided easily, therefore it’s a great section for family groups as well as children from 11 years of age). The river then gets gentle, ideal to re-energize ourselves and stop by for a delightful lunch at the riverside. After that, we go into the last section of the canyon. Here you’ll experience great whitewater runs, high-speed rides with stimulating rapids, and fascinating views allowing you to appreciate the jagged canyon walls amid rapids.

After 5 thrilling hours, we will come to the end of this wonderful adventure with our driver and van waiting to gather all the gear, with dry clothes to get dressed and drive back approximately 3 hours to Cusco.

What is included?

  • Transfer from your hotel to the begining of the trip and back you your hotel after the trip.
  • Delicious lunch made with fresh ingredients and are available for different kind of diets.
  • Snacks.
  • Filtered water.
  • An English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • Guides certified in rescue and first aid.
  • Fully licensed guides with a degree in tourism.
River rafting gear
  • Wet suits.
  • Life vest level V.
  • Paddles.
  • Safebailing boats.
  • Safety kayak or cataract.
  • Helmets.
  • Water shoes.
  • Satellite communication devices.

What is not included?

  • Breakfast.
  • Dinner.

River Rafting Apurimac -Check list

Layer up with performance wear: Opt for lightweight, fast-drying base layers under your wetsuits. Say no to cotton. Strong River Shoes: Choose closed-toe river shoes with reliable traction, and skip the flip flops. Functional swimwear: Wear functional swimwear under your wetsuit or for leisure breaks. Sun protection gear: Shield yourself with waterproof SPF 30+ sunscreen, UV-protected sunglasses, and a wide-brim cap under your helmet. Mosquito repellent: Keep bugs at bay with effective repellent. Gloves: First-timers, protect your hands from blisters with gloves.
Clothing: Bring extra comfortable leggings and tops to keep warm post-rafting. Towel: Pack a long towel for drying off after the adventure. Warm jacket: Be prepared for cooler temperatures after rafting. Rain jacket: Stay ready for unpredictable weather with a waterproof, breathable rain jacket. Personal items: Keep essentials in a waterproof pouch, and leave unnecessary documents behind for safety.
Go pro or video cameras: Capture the memories of this epic journey with waterproof or rugged camera equipment, ensuring every thrilling moment is preserved.


We have trips suitable for all skill levels, and we strongly recommend that participants choose a trip that matches their experience and comfort level. This helps ensure that everyone in the group is on the same page and can safely enjoy the adventure.

Professional Guides

Our guides are the backbone of our safety efforts. They undergo rigorous training in wilderness first aid and swift water rescue techniques.

High-Quality Gear

We provide top-of-the-line safety equipment. Our gear is regularly inspected and maintained to ensure it meets the highest safety standards.


Our guides carry communication devices to stay in contact with our base. In remote areas, we have satellite communication for added security.

Trip Planning

Our routes and itineraries are carefully planned to take into account the current river conditions, water levels, and weather forecasts

Group Size

We maintain small group sizes to ensure that our guides can provide personalized attention and respond quickly to any situation that may arise.

Medical Information

We collect essential info from guests in advance to be aware of any pre-existing conditions or allergies that may require attention during the trip.

Black Canyon 1 day map

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