Peru, Rio Cotahuasi


Peru contains the finest whitewater rivers anywhere. Join us for a two week expedition exploring pre-Columbian ruins and rapids in the worlds deepest canyons!

Our main objective will be the Rio Cotahuasi. The Cotahuasi is the gem of the South American Andes and forms the deepest canyon in the world, twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Expect to encounter high mountains, pre-Inca ruins and artifacts, incredible hiking, possible portages, and amazing class IV and V whitewater.

Groups with only kayakers should consider a combo of the Rio Colca and Cotahuasi (the Damon trip).

This expedition can be customized to the desires and skill level of the group. For example, we can extend the trip to include runs on the Rio Colca and/or Apurimac. We will employ Peruvian guides so you can truly interact with this amazing culture.

Trip participants must be 18 or older, in good physical condition and should have at least class IV paddling experience. Spaces are limited (Rafters: 6 min, 18 max; Kayakers: 4 min, 8 max). Our preference is that everyone is from the same group, so call your friends, a special rate is available for a group of 12 or more.


Day 1 Pickup in Arequipa Peru.

Day 2-3 Travel to the Cotahuasi Canyon.

Day 4 – 10 Class III – V rafting or kayaking the Cotahuasi, visit pre-Columbian ruins, camp, eat, sleep. No roads, people or other distractions!

Day 11 & 12 travel Cuzco

Day 13 -14 Cuzco/Machu Picchu sightseeing.

Day 15 Departure-or continue on to the Apurimac RiverĀ  for 4 more days


Meals, accommodations, transportation, equipment from Arequipa, Peru. Accommodations are one night hotel and then camping on the river. Food is from local markets or restaurants. This trip can be customized to the desires and skill level of the group, including other rivers, and activities for non-boaters.


Airfare, personal expenses, medical and trip cancellation insurance, gratuity.


Here is a minimum of what to bring. If you can fit everything into a duffel bag or better yet a dry bag, life will be easy.

  1. 4 Sets of clothing (shirt, pants, socks, underwear).
  2. Rain Jacket and pants.
  3. Synthetic/fleece layers.
  4. Warm hat.
  5. Sleeping bag and therm-a-rest.
  6. Personal medications.
  7. Swimsuit.
  8. Light hiking boots.
  9. Sandals or shoes.
  10. Sun Glasses.
  11. Water Bottle.
  12. Cap/hat with brim
  13. Small Daypack for side hikes.
  14. Digital Camera/Video Camera.
  15. Passport, spending money
  16. Spanish phrase book.



Give yourself plenty of time to get to Arequipa. Peru is generally very safe for travelers but take the normal precautions. Keep your passport with you at all times and email a copy of it to yourself.