Planning a Trip to Peru? Don’t Miss these Hidden Adventures.

Think Peru is only good for trekking to Machu Picchu or flying over the Nazca Lines? Think again. When you learn about the amazing whitewater rafting opportunities, you’ll be sure to add some adventure to your trip. Peru has gorgeous canyons with whitewater rivers good for beginners and experts. With everything from rainforest animal encounters to the deepest canyon in the world, there is something for everyone in Peru. A guided trip for a day or multiple days down one of Peru’s beautiful rivers is a great way to round out your itinerary. Here are some of the rivers you can experience:

Multi-day trips


Imagine floating through a deep jungle canyon that seems to be from a land before time, with lively animals, tree ferns dripping from the banks, roaring and calming waterfalls. A magical expedition trip that will bring a ton of memories.

You can see this on the Yavero from June to September. Starting in the jungle and finishing at the ruins of Machu Picchu, this river will dovetail into any Peru itinerary. The Yavero has stretches of water that are good for every ability level.


Ready for a challenge? The Apurimac has one of the most difficult stretches of river in the world. Despite that, you can find runs on this river that are good for any river adventurer. Considered to be the ultimate source of the Amazon River, the Apurimac flows all the way from the high Andes to the rainforest. Available from May to November, this river has gorgeous scenery and exciting challenges.


The Tambopata River has something for everyone – you are immersed in the rainforest with the chance to see animals, but there are also some top-notch rapids to negotiate. You’ll see parrots and butterflies and have the chance to see monkeys and other rainforest mammals. The season for this river is May through October.

One day trips

Only have a day for your whitewater adventure? Make it a memorable day. Try these stretches of river for your day trip:

Apurimac’s upper section

This river is especially fun at the beginning of the season. May has big waves for a rocking and rolling good time. You’ll catch glimpses of the snow-capped Andes as you make your way down the canyon. Available from May to November.

Rain Forest Urubamba

With access most of the year, from April through December, this river has rapids for all ages. A great addition to any visit to Machu Picchu, the Urubamba is a perfect beginner to intermediate experience. Within an easy distance to Cusco and Machu Picchu, a day trip will add richness to your Peru adventure.

Chilli River Urubamba

Depending on the season, this can be a thrill ride or a more mellow experience. If you go during the rainy season, December to April, you’ll have challenging rapids. During the dry season April to December, this is a superb choice for beginners.

Families with children over 9 years old


This 2-day trip is a great introduction to the wilds of Peru. With beautiful views of snow-capped peaks and the chance to see Andean animals, this river has fun Class III and IV rapids.

Lower Urubamba Rainforest

For a great way to see the sharp peaks of the Andes dissolve into the Amazon rainforest, jump on this 2-day trip on the Urubamba. With fun standing waves from beginning to end, this is a perfect family trip.


Only have time for a half-day? Dip your toes in for a half-day adventure of Class III-IV rapids on the Canete River. With fabulous scenery and exciting thrill ride, you’ll get it all in this economical trip.