Take a detour from the tourist trail on this spectacular Peru rafting trip. Starting near Lake Titicaca you travel from the heights of the Andes, through cloud forest to unspoilt Amazon jungle. The Tambopata National Reserve is bursting with wildlife and is one of the richest ecosystems in the world. It has over 800 bird species, 1200 types of butterfly and over 200 species of mammals, including the Jaguar.
Our expert, fully trained rafting guides will take you on an adventure of a lifetime over Class III and IV rapids. Further downstream the river quietens down. Traveling silently by river provides unrivalled wildlife spotting opportunities. If you are very lucky you may even see a Jaguar.
This trip is operated on fixed departure dates. Private departures are also available.
|Day 1||Fly to Peru|
|Day 2||Fly to Puno|
|Day 3||Lake Titicaca|
|Day 4||Begin Journey to River|
|Day 5||Begin Rafting the Tambopata River|
|Day 6||Rafting the Tambopata River|
|Day 7||Rafting the Tambopata River|
|Day 8||Rafting the Tambopata River|
|Day 9||Rafting the Tambopata River|
|Day 10||Rafting the Tambopata River|
|Day 11||Transfer to Jungle Lodge|
|Day 12||Macaw Clay Lick, Transfer to Puerto Maldonado|
|Day 13||Fly to Lima|
|Day 14||Fly Home|
All rafting and safety equipment
All camping equipment
Instruction and support by Swift water Rescue qualified English speaking guides
All meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
All transport and entry fees
International flights, you can organise your own or ask us for a flight inclusive price
Sleeping bag (can be hired)
Today you fly to Lima, Peru’s capital. You can arrange your own international flights or ask us for a flight inclusive trip price. When you arrive you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel.
This morning we take you to the airport to fly to Juliaca. Here you will be met and driven to your hotel in Puno which lies on the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. We leave you free for the rest of the day to rest and acclimatise to the high altitude.There are shops and restaurants a short distance from your hotel if you want a short stroll.
Lake Titicaca is featured on many Peru trips and it would be a shame to be so close and not explore the lake before you move on. Choose from a traditional day on the lake visiting the famous floating reed islands and Taquile, a natural island steeped in tradition, or a more off the beaten track visit to lesser visited communities nearby.
Today you meet your expert rafting guides and travel overland towards the river. Leaving the regular tourist trail way behind the journey winds up into the spectacular Andes mountains. Look out for herds of llamas, glaciers and ice capped mountain peaks. On the other side the road begins to descend into lush cloud forest with Inca terraces. Overnight in a basic hostal or camping.
Today you drop deeper in altitude towards the jungle and Putina Punku. Be aware that this road is remote and can be challenging. Depending on water conditions rafting can start here, or a little further along. Your guides will give a full safety briefing and instructions before you get equipped with mandatory life jackets, and pack up your kit.
Note: all guides are Swift Water Rescue qualified and speak English. All white-water and safety equipment is included as well as camping equipment and all meals. You need to bring a sleeping bag.
Today the adventure really begins as you begin rafting on class II-III rapids that take you deeper and deeper into the jungle. These lower rapids give plenty of opportunity to practise your rafting skills before meeting the more challenging ones later on.
As you continue more and more tributaries feed into the Tambopata river making it increase in volume. This in turn creates more challenging and exciting class IV rapids.
Today you enter a canyon with many rapids. A total of 47 have been recorded. In low water they offer fun drops, and in high water get the adrenaline pumping.
Today the river calms down providing superb wildlife spotting opportunities as you float silently along. You can also swop the raft for a stand-up paddle board.
The wildlife wonders continue today. You can expect to see families of capybaras, the world’s largest rodent, several species of monkeys and many birds. More rare sightings along this stretch include the elusive Jaguar and Tapir.
The Tambopata river meets the Rio Tavara and you need to put some effort in to continue along the flat river. Tonight is your last night camping in the open.
This morning a motor boat takes you to a comfortable jungle lodge which is located close to a large Macaw clay lick. Enjoy a shower, comfortable bed and cold beer. You can explore the surrounding jungle on foot with expert guides if you wish.
This morning, conditions permitting you have the opportunity to see hundreds of macaws, parrots and parakeets that come to use the clay lick. It’s a magnificent sight and some say highlight of the trip in terms of wildlife.
Later you travel by motor boat to the small town of Puerto Maldonado.
Today you fly to Lima. The city might be a shock to the system after being immersed in the Amazon, but there are some superb restaurants and several museums to enjoy.
While rafting you sleep on pristine sandy beaches along the river. In Lima and Puno the price is based on 3 star hotels, upgrades are available, ask us about the best options.
The Casa Andina Classic Centro hotel offers comfortable rooms with nice Peruvian touches in the decor.
Recently renovated, the Tierra Viva is located in the centre of Puno.
This trip fits in nicely with an extension to Cusco and Machu Picchu. You can fly to Cusco direct from Puerto Maldonado. Ask us about our many hiking options including the classic inca trail and other more off the beaten track options. Routes range from half day hikes to 10 day routes.
We have many other options for Peru rafting ranging from family days out to serious rapid running over several days. Ask us for more options.
The price quoted includes domestic flights. We can include your international flights or you can organise your own. You need to fly into and out of Lima.