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Marañon River Rafting 9 Days / 8 Nights

Join us on a remarkable journey into the heart of the upper Amazon River. Our expedition will take you into one of the deepest river canyons in the world. We will hike to waterfalls, scenic grottos, and through slot canyons.

Departure Dates for 2020:

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We will explore a pre-Incan pueblo complex and camp on expansive white sand beaches. We will hike and swim an intriguing set of waterfalls at “Bedrock Cascades” and take refreshing dips into side creeks. We will run exhilarating rapids on one of the most important rivers in Peru and the world. Come with us and experience the Rio Marañón, a biodiversity hotspot of global importance that has one of the highest levels of endemism in the world.

The Rio Marañón is the main stem source of the Amazon River. It is one of the last major free flowing tributaries to the Amazon and a vital link between the Andes Mountains and the Amazonian lowlands. The average flow at this time of year is 5,000 cfs, but with rain it can double. There are some exciting class IV and V rapids, but there is also a fair amount of class II and III whitewater.  A couple of the hardest rapids are quite long and a bit more difficult than the toughest rapids on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

The upper Amazon River, with its unique dry-forest, the flora and fauna, and the people that support themselves from its nutrient-rich waters are all under threat due to mega-dam projects. Join our expedition and feel good about your personal role in the conservation of this important waterway. We are working with others to protect the Rio Marañón, its ecosystem, and the lifestyle and culture of those that live along its path. Part of the money you pay is dedicated to conservation efforts; a percentage of the after-cost proceeds will be donated directly to Maranon Waterkeeper, a local NGO and member of the global Waterkeeper Alliance.

A highlight of this expedition is the opportunity to interact with the remarkable inhabitants who live along the Rio Marañón and maintain a lifestyle deeply connected to nature. You will learn about their history, customs and daily life. You will also hear about their efforts to maintain their way of life and preserve the Rio Marañón as a free-flowing river. See firsthand several of the 20 dam sites proposed for the Rio Marañón and interact with the villages of Tupén and Mendán, potentially the first to be drowned by the proposed reservoirs.

The expedition will allow a high level of participation. If you have recent class IV rowing experience you will be able to row a raft part of the time, sharing time on the oars with one of the other participants or one of the professional guides. Our equipment is supplied by us MAYUC CUSCO 100% Peruvian Company . We employ Peruvian guides and hire local Peruvian companies. Our goal is to maximize the positive effects of tourism on the host communities and minimize any negative effects; this includes ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from Peruvians or the local communities.

Highlights Marañon Rafting 9 Days

The Marañon River is one of the most unique rivers on the planet. Surrounded by riverside villages isolated from any civilization, white water cascades, natural wells, ancient rock art, ruins, accompanied by an incomparable flora and fauna that is not found anywhere else on the planet. Our tour of the Grand Canyon of South America will leave you wanting more adventure.

This Peru rafting tour offers a unique blend of scenic river travel, cultural experience and sparkling white water.

Itinerary Marañon River rafting 9 Days

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule below, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather, river levels and terrain conditions.

Fly into the city of Cajamarca, Peru. Connections through Lima are available from many gateway cities. Please be sure to arrive no later than the afternoon today. Many Peruvians consider Cajamarca to be the most beautiful colonial metropolis in Northern Peru. Stroll around the central Plaza de Armas and shop in the many specialty stores surrounding the plaza to sample the local specialties – colorful textiles, a variety of local cheeses, and chocolates. Journey a few miles outside of town to the Inca Baths; these hot thermal pools have been around since Incan times and are a wonderful place to take a dip and relax before we meet in the early evening. Our group will gather for a welcome dinner, introductions and pre-trip information. All participants will be provided a shared room at a quality hotel in Cajamarca. The double occupancy room is included for this first night as part of the trip cost. (D)

Night 1: Hotel stay in Cajamarca at the scenic La Hacienda San Antonio Villa

Boating configuration:

  • 1 cargo raft to haul kitchen and possible other bulky items
  • 2 to 3 additional rafts with up to 5 people and gear, depending on group size
  • 1 cataraft (possibly) depending on the expedition
  • Kayaks available at additional cost
  • Guides: Peruvian class V guides
  • 1 Peruvian class V guide per raft
  • 1 Peruvian guide to row the heavy cargo raft
  • 1 Peruvian safety kayaker

Emphasis on Safety and Professional river procedures: the Peruvian guides have received international training, swift water rescue and wilderness first responder courses. They will row the more difficult rapids or take the oars if a guest becomes too tired.

  • PFD/Life Jacket
  • Helmet
  • 1 110L NRS Bill’s Dry Bag for every 2 guests
  • Personal camp gear:
  • 1 tent (3 or 4-person) for every 2 guests
  • 1 thermarest sleeping pad per guest
  • 1 camp chair per guest
  • 2 hotel nights:
  • 1 hotel night in Cajamarca
  • 1 hotel night in Jaén
  • All meals while on the river, plus:
  • Welcome dinner in Cajamarca
  • Farewell dinner in Jaén
  • Ground transportation:
  • Cajamarca to Balsas (put-in)
  • Puerto Malleta (take-out) to Jaén
  • Logistical support in town and on the river by professional river guides and outfitter



  • High quality professional rafting equipment:
  • Self-bailing rafts (NRS and Hyside)
  • NRS center mount rowing frames with open oarlocks
  • Variety of oars, some with oar rights
  • 1 cooler per raft (seat)
  • Several food barrels per raft
  • Complete camp kitchen with tables

No Included

  • High quality professional rafting equipment:
  • Self-bailing rafts (NRS and Hyside)
  • NRS center mount rowing frames with open oarlocks
  • Variety of oars, some with oar rights
  • 1 cooler per raft (seat)
  • Several food barrels per raft
  • Complete camp kitchen with tables

We Recommend to bring to the Short Inca Trail

  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Light clothes
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Windbreaker jacket, hat, sunblock, sunglasses
  • Chocolates, candies, and other snacks.
  • Camera with good batteries
  • Extra money in “Soles” (Peruvian national currency)

Prices for this tour

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From 4 to 6 participants
USD 3900.00

From 6 to 8 participants
USD 2450.00

From 10 to 12 participants
USD 2300.00

To confirm your reservation just send us US$ 1200.00 per person and your trip application Our accounting department will contact you in less than 24 hours, with your invoice and voucher.

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In Mayuc we have a group of professionals specialized in adventure travel; write to us and one of our experts will organize your next vacation, you can also contact us by Phone or WhatsApp 24 hours a day, we speak Spanish and English and all our guides are local