Kayakers Guide to Whitewater of Peru

Rio Cotahuasi

The Rio Cotahausi is one of the premier kayak/raft trips in Peru. Its officially recorded depth is 163 meters greater than the Colca making it the deepest canyon on Earth. The added spectacle of cloudless skies, hot springs, pre-Inca ruins, Quechua speaking locals and thundering class 5 whitewater makes this trip the gem of the […]


Without a doubt the Río Maran is the most difficult and demanding multi-day trip in Peru. The river has 5-6 days filled with class 5+ whitewater in a remote vertical walled canyon. Simply getting to the river is an adventure by itself. The reward is one the most spectacular kayak trips on the South American […]

Upper Colca

The lower stretches of the Colca River (the Lunar Canyon) has been an international mecca for whitewater paddlers for the last two decades. Located in the heart of Andean Sierra this river corridor, second deepest in the world only to the Cotahuasi (immediate neighbor to the North) is the destination run  for most boaters making […]

Colca (Lunar Canyon)

The Colca River lies deep in the heart of Peru’s most famous Canyon. First Pioneered by the Polish expedition Canoandes in 1981, the Colca has since become a buzzword in the international paddling community. Tourists also flock to the Colca Canyon to marvel at its natural splendor and to experience the culture of the many […]


The Rio Chili flows off the snow capped peak of Volcan Misti in Arequipa. This small river is dam controlled and therefore is usually flowing from March to November. The standard run is relatively short at 5-6 km with the takeout being the entrance to the city with an elevation of 2350 meters (noticeable shortly […]


The Tambo River flows through the department of Moquegua in southern Peru. Starting high in peaks and Altiplano of Puno, the river crashes through a deep canyon in the volcano-infested region just south of Arequipa. In March of 1998, with the heavy El Niño rains punishing the Northern coast of Peru, several of us set […]