Kayakers Guide to Whitewater of Peru

Rio Sacsara

The Rio Sacsara is a short low volume steep creek in the Santa Teresa region of Peru (Department of Cuzco) The river has slots and waterfalls and can be reached from Cola Del Mono zipline/kayak camp owned by Gian Marco Vellutino… Information can be obtained by contacting him at Peru kayak who can also arrange […]

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 Teresa

In September of 2006 Gian Marco Vellutino and Diego Valsecchi set out to run what has within a year become a Peruvian classic They started their journey in Mollepata where they hired porters. The route they followed is the new “alternative” to the heavily used  traditional Inca Trail. The route traverses up through spectacular country […]


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 […]


The Pumacanchis River is a short and steep section of river in the Cuzco region draining a lake into the Vilcanota River. This classic foto was taken on the first descent of Pumacanchis on July 5, 2007 To reach the river from Cuzco follow the paved road to Urcos 47 KM away. From here it […]

Rio Vilcabamba (Apurimac)

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Rio Vilcabamba

The Vilcabamba is Peru’s newest “CLASSIC”. The River lies within an amazing valley in the Department of Cuzco. The river is born in the Cordillera Vilcabamba where it begins its journey to the Urrubamba. The scenery is that of high jungle and the whitewater is spectacular. The river can be run starting high at the […]


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 […]


In the Department of Cuzco on the road from Quillabamba to Ollantaytambo lies the valley of the Lucumayo. Born in the high pass of Abra de Malaga and flowing off the Northern flanks of Nevado Chicon is a river of the same name. Put in for the Lucumayo River First drop on Lucumayo River The […]


Most who have stayed awake for the final six hours or so of the bus ride from Lima to Cusco have noticed the Pachachaca dropping abruptly just out of view of the bus windows, and surely have wondered where this little river goes. Sometime in late October of 2004, Brian Fletcher and I put in […]