1-Day Chuquicahuana River Rafting: Adrenaline-Packed Experience

Navigate the challenging rapids of the Chuquicahuana River for an adrenaline-filled day.

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Cusco, Peru


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Dive into the heart-pounding excitement of the “1-Day Chuquicahuana River Rafting Adventure.” As you navigate the wild rapids of the Chuquicahuana River, you’ll be surrounded by the untouched beauty of the Sacred Valley, making every moment a blend of thrill and awe.

But the adventure doesn’t stop at the river’s edge. The day culminates with a high-flying zipline experience over the majestic Urubamba River, adding another layer of exhilaration. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or just looking to break free from the mundane, this 1-Day Chuquicahuana adventure promises a day of memories you won’t soon forget.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Time 8:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Estimated Return Time 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Chuquicahuana River, Sacred Valley landscapes, Cusipata River Lodge, Urubamba River
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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl MaxStart Time: 08:30
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl MaxStart Time: 08:30
  • Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:30
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: CustomizableStart Time: 08:30
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:30
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 personStart Time: 08:30

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Your thrilling day begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Cusco around 8:50 a.m. As you journey through the picturesque landscape, our private transport will whisk you away to the tranquil setting of the Cusipata River Lodge. This journey of approximately 1.5 hours provides ample opportunities to take in the scenic vistas.

Upon arrival at the lodge, you can stretch your legs, rejuvenate, and safely store any personal items or bags. Here, our seasoned river guides will introduce you to the exhilarating world of river rafting. You'll be briefed on safety protocols, introduced to the essential commands used during rafting, and equipped with all the necessary gear. From helmets and wetsuits to paddles and the self-bailing raft, we've got you covered.

The real adventure kicks off with a short 10-minute drive to our launch point on the Chuquicahuana section of the iconic Urubamba River. As you set forth on this aquatic journey, prepare for a surge of adrenaline. The river challenges you with its Class III and IV rapids, featuring towering waves and thrilling holes. Fear not; our safety kayaker will accompany your raft, ensuring a safe yet exhilarating experience. Over the course of two hours, not only will you battle the rapids, but you'll also be treated to the stunning natural beauty that lines the river's path.

Having conquered the river, you'll return to the comforts of the Cusipata River Lodge. Here, a delectable lunch awaits, offering a chance to share stories and relive the day's highlights. If you wish, indulge in a rejuvenating sauna session to relax those hard-worked muscles.

But the day isn't over yet! To add another dose of adventure, brace yourself for ziplining. With two ziplines stretching over the Urubamba River, each approximately 120 meters long, you'll feel the rush of soaring above the water. This aerial escapade provides a fitting end to a day brimming with adventure.

As the day draws to a close, we'll pack up and journey back to Cusco. You'll return not just with memories of a thrilling adventure, but with stories that will last a lifetime.


Important Notice:

Though we facilitate and recommend the “1-Day Chuquicahuana River Rafting Adventure,” please be aware that it is operated by a trusted third-party tour operator. We have meticulously selected this partner for their excellence in service, safety standards, and local expertise. Our commitment is to ensure you have a seamless and unforgettable experience, all under our support.
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Tour Highlights

  • Challenging Rapids: Navigate the exhilarating Class III and IV rapids of the Chuquicahuana River, promising a heart-pounding experience.
  • Stunning Scenery: Raft through the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley, offering a visual treat alongside the adventure.
  • Professional Guidance: Benefit from the expertise of seasoned river guides, ensuring both safety and an enriching rafting experience.
  • Cusipata River Lodge: Start the journey at this serene lodge, a perfect blend of comfort and nature.
  • Safety First: Feel secure with the accompaniment of a safety kayaker throughout the rafting journey.
  • Delicious Lunch: Refuel and reminisce about the day’s adventure with a tasty meal at the Cusipata River Lodge.
  • Ziplining Adventure: Elevate the thrill with a soaring zipline experience over the majestic Urubamba River.
  • All-inclusive Experience: From top-notch equipment to transport, everything is taken care of, ensuring a hassle-free adventure.


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Payment Terms

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure - Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments - Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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Special Discounts


  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the 1-Day Chuquicahuana River Rafting Adventure. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the 1-Day Chuquicahuana River Rafting Adventure, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

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Packing Tips

  • Layer Up: While rafting can get wet and wild, the weather in the Sacred Valley can be variable. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to the conditions.

  • Stay Dry: Investing in a small waterproof bag or pouch can help keep essentials like phones, cameras, and wallets safe from water.

  • Footwear Matters: Ensure your footwear is secure and won’t come off easily in the water. It’s also a good idea to have a pair of dry shoes waiting for you post-rafting.

  • Preserve Memories: While the tour might offer photos, having your own waterproof camera can help you capture personal moments.

  • Stay Hydrated: Rafting can be strenuous. Keep a reusable water bottle handy and stay hydrated throughout.

  • Less is More: While it’s essential to be prepared, try not to overpack. A clutter-free experience will be more enjoyable.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is prior rafting experience required for this adventure?

No, beginners are welcome! Our professional guides will provide all necessary instructions and safety protocols before the activity.

Can I book last minute?

While we recommend booking in advance to secure your spot, last-minute bookings are possible subject to availability.

How safe is the rafting trip?

Safety is our top priority. We ensure that our equipment is in top condition, and our guides are trained to handle various river conditions. Additionally, a safety kayaker accompanies each trip.

Is there a weight or age limit for paragliding?

Yes, there are weight and age restrictions for safety reasons. It’s best to check with us in advance if you have any concerns.

Can I bring my camera or GoPro?

Absolutely! However, ensure it’s securely attached with a strap or mount.

How large are the groups for the tour?

We offer multiple package options, from standard large groups to private tours. Group sizes vary based on the chosen package.

Can I get a refund if I change my mind?

Our refund policy is based on how much notice is given prior to the tour date. It’s best to check our detailed cancellation policy for specifics.

How long is the actual time spent on the river?

The rafting adventure lasts approximately two hours on the river, covering the Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River.

How physically demanding is the rafting adventure?

While the rafting itself can be intense, participants with an average fitness level generally find the experience enjoyable. It’s more about teamwork and following the guide’s instructions.

What happens if I am late for the tour?

If you are running late, please contact us immediately. We may be able to make accommodations but cannot guarantee it.

What class are the rapids on the Chuquicahuana River?

The Chuquicahuana section of the Urubamba River features Class III and IV rapids, offering a mix of exciting challenges and enjoyable stretches.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

What should I wear for the ziplining experience?

Comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement is ideal. Avoid loose jewelry or accessories that might get caught.

Is there a place to store personal belongings during the rafting?

Yes, participants can safely store their personal items at the Cusipata River Lodge before embarking on the rafting adventure.

Do you accommodate dietary restrictions for the provided lunch?

Absolutely. Please inform us in advance about any dietary restrictions or allergies, and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

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