Rafting in the Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu
What is rafting?
Rafting is a popular shorthand term for white water rafting. Water rafting or white water rafting is a sport and activity which sees a crew work in unison to navigate a river course. In modern world practice, the raft is a boat with inflatable boards with a special sectional design which allows to stay afloat, even after getting damage to one part of the boat.
Rafting is adventure sport in which you will fill adrenaline and the same time you will see beautiful places, having new experience and emotions without extra thrill and safe.
The history of white water rafting is a thing of the far away past. In earlier days, people used to transport things using rafts, hence the name of rafting came into the picture. In 1842, Lieutenant John Fremont of the U.S. Army first introduced rafting expedition on the Platte River. In ancient days, rafts were made from rubber cloth tubes and a floor.
In 1960s, white water rafting became more widely recognized and white water rafting companies were established.
The 1970s, white water rafting made its major changes as leisure sport when it was included in the Olympic Games. In the 1980s, as the popularity of rafting was increasing gradually, number of independent companies were started throughout Scotland, South America and Africa.
Nowadays, white water rafting is still gaining a huge number of popularity. This sport is suitable for all ages; However, you should have the proper equipment and outwear as well as the guidance of professional staff.
You can practice rafting here in Cusco, too. Below are the places you can go rafting. Note that this sport needs to be supervised by a professional guide.
- Huambutio – Pisac (Sacred Valley of the Incas)
- Calca – Urubamba (Huaran – Sacred Valley of the Incas)
- Ollantaytambo – Chilca (Sacred Valley of the Incas).
- Santa Maria (Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu)
These are some places where you can practice this adventure sport in Cusco. If you decide to go rafting, Inkayni Perú Tours offers you a special tour called Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu that includes not only Rafting but also adventure sports like Cycling, Hiking, Zip Lining; all of them performed along the most beautiful landscape. You will have the opportunity to try native fruits and meet the locals who will teach you more about the flora and fauna that is found in the area.
What do we offer?
We have designed our Inca Jungle trek to Machu Picchu of 3 and 4 days. Both packages include the same and activities, but done at different pace.
Places you will visit:
- Malaga Pass (cycling)
- Santa Maria (Rafting)
- Santa Teresa (Zip Line and Hot springs in Cocalmayo)
- Hidroelectrica (Hiking)
- Aguas Calientes
- Machu Picchu
Pick up and drop off point: From and to your hotel
Duration: 12 hours approx.
Physical Activity Level: From Moderate to Challenging
Rafting Level: From Moderate to Challenging. It is not a requirement to know how to swim.
When should you book?: Although it is true that we have daily departures with a minimum of 2 trekkers, we recommend booking this tour in advance. This way you can secure a spot to enter the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
When is the best season to go Rafting?
The best season to go Rafting in Cusco is during the dry season which is the period from May to October. During July and August, you can practice Rafting at its different levels. This is because the water flow in these months is the lowest, while from December to April, the water flow makes rafting more challenging since that period is part of the rainy season.
The river’s difficulty to do rafting is determined by a “class or category” that is given to the river, according to the International Scale of Degree Difficulty of the Rivers. There are 6 levels from Class I to Class VI:
- Class I: Very easy with moving water that include some small waves.
- Class II: Easy rapids of low difficulty. Obstacles are easy avoided.
- Class III: Moderate rapids that contains numerous waves, rocks, eddies and small holes.
- Class IV: Powerful and intense rapids that require precise maneuvering in rough waters. The rapids may have big unavoidable holes and waves. Having an experienced guide is recommended.
- Class V: Level V is more difficult, obstructed and turbulent rapids can be short or long. Rapids may contain big, unavoidable rocks, waves and holes, with complex and demanding channels. Previous experience is required.
- Class VI: Involves risk of life. For teams and experts only.
Note: Although you can go Rafting on your own, we recommend going with other people or joining a group already booked for this activity. This way you can have an expert guide who knows the route and can help avoid any incident and guarantee your safety.
What includes the Rafting equipment?
If you have decided going Rafting in Cusco, check the things you need to have to perform this sport:
- Inflatable Rafting Boat: Previously the inflatable rafts were very sensitive. They could tear apart during a race and were very dangerous. New technologies are now used in making the rafts which are much more reliable for racing. In case you go with a reliable tour agency, they will make sure your raft is safe.
- Carbon Paddles: The paddles should be made in such a way that the can be paddled smoothly on the water.
- Life Jacket: Life jacket is used for the safety of the rafters. The jacket has to fit properly so that the upper part of the body floats in water.
- Helmets: Rafters have to wear helmets to prevent head injuries. The rafters have to choose the helmet that fits their head properly.
- Wetsuit: Rafters wear wetsuit if the water is very cold because wet suit provides thermal insulation which help the rafters to bear the cold.
- Rescue Throw Bags: They contains the things which are needed to rescue a rafter if he falls in water. The bag consists of a rope whose one end is attached to the bag and the other end is in the hands of a rescuer.
As we have explained earlier there are 6 rafting levels. If you are an inexperienced rafter, start by running on level II and III. If you have some rafting experience you can run on level IV or V. Tell your guide the rafting experience you have.
If you choose Inkayni Peru Tours to take you on this adventure, no previous experience is required; however, it is always important to follow your guide’s instructions and stayed focus during the adventure.
- 01 night’s accommodation in 3 stars hotels in Aguas Calientes.
- 02 night’s accommodations in a basic hostel.
- All Transportation.
- Full suspension mountain bikes, helmets, and gloves.
- Rafting Activity with all equipment needed.
- Zipline Activity.
- 03-day Breakfast, 0-day Lunch, and 03-day Dinner.
- An experienced, bilingual “Adventure Guide.”
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 8+.
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
- Guided Tours in and around Machu Picchu.
- Bus to Machu Picchu one way.
- Train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transportation from Ollantaytambo -Cusco.
- All Safety Equipment and First Aid Kit.
- Meals that are not included or described in the itinerary.
- Huayna Picchu entrance fee (Extra: US $ 35).
- Return bus from Machu Picchu (Extra: US $ 12).
- Entrance ticket to the hot springs in Santa Teresa (Extra US $ 3).
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.
- First breakfast and last lunch at Aguas Calientes.
Things you should bring:
- Original Passport
- Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
- Walking boots
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
- Warm jacket
- Hat and gloves
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellent
- Toiletries and hand sanitizer
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
- Torch with spare batteries or headlamps.
- Swimwear for rafting.
Inkayni Peru Tour has professional guides that are highly prepared to make the most of the experience. They are experienced, responsible and well trained to deal with any problem.