Kayakers Guide to Whitewater of Peru

Rio Chinchipe

The Rio Chinchipe is located in Cajamarca Province in North Central Peru and has its headwaters in the Southern district of  Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador. It is a rainfed river runnable all year long but ideally in the rainy season which is generally November through May. The size and length of river makes it good for […]


The Huncabamba is a good multi day river in Northern Peru flowing out of the Sierra de Guamani in the state of Cajamarca. Two diversion dams are under construction which will forever alter the flow of this drainage but some sections may periodically have water so a description has been included. The river starts in […]


Low volume , kayak omly creek run located in Peru´s northern Cajamarca region. A tributary of the Huancabamba, this steeper creek is runnable with prolonged periods of rain. We hit this run in the heart of the rain season in Feb 2014 only to find a paltry flow of 100 CFS due to lack of […]

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 […]

Rio Concebidayoc

Reprinted from article “Below and Beyond Machu Picchu 2009” Wow, these days its very rare to find a new river. However when you find a new river how often is it sheer WORLD CLASS. Yesterday we arrived back in Cusco, after completing the first descent of the Rio Concebidayoc in the Quillabamba region. As we […]

Santa River kayaking

Located in the department of Ancash, the Rio Santa drains the majestic peaks of Peru’s ominous Cordillera Blanca. It runs in a Northerly course for most of its journey before turning west towards the ocean. It is best to run the river in the heart of the rainy season from December to March when several […]

Rio Canete River

The Cañete Rivers offers boating for both novices and experts alike. With year round flows and it’s proximity to Lima it has become one of the country’s commercial rafting centers and has been the training ground for most of Peru’s kayakers and rafters. Buried in one of the Upper Cañete’s rapids Flows in the rainy […]


The Rio Velille is on of the Upper tributaries of the Apurimac and shares a lot of the same qualities of its big brother. The river lies within a majestic canyon with granite boulders and crystal clear water. The source of the water is Nevado Huainahuire which at  5438 meters (18,000 feet) which forms the […]

Rio Vilcabamba (Apurimac)

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The Ocobamba is a major tributary of the Yanatile. It flows from the North of the flanks of Nevado Chicon and joins the Yanatile below Quebrada Honda Dogs going for swim Ocobamba put-in To reach the river you can come from the Sacred Valley and town of Calca or from below from Quillabamba. KM markers […]