Location: Southwest of Cusco (Cuzco)
The Apurimac cuts through the Andes, moving northwest to join other rivers that converge and eventually form the Amazon River. It is approximately a five hour journey by bus from Cusco, west to the river put-in.
Level of Difficulty: Class III-IV / Intermediate-Advanced
Not only does this river hold a special place in the hearts of avid rafters but it also sparks interest and wonder in anyone seeking thrills and adventure in what seems like the remote ends of the earth. Completely immersed in the river valley and its ancient customs and culture the river preps you for the building challenges as you maneuver downstream. “Trinche” (Meat Fork) and “Mesa” (“Table”) are great Class III warm-up rapids for the motherload of the trip, the Class V rapid known as “Dolor de Muelas” (“Toothache”).
Scenery: Towering granite walls, one of the deepest canyons in the world
In Quechua its name means “the speech of God” or “the talking God” which seems logical because anyone who is aware of this river’s vast beauty and mystique would want to say something about the Apurimac. Holding some of the most pristine beaches for camping, the river is cradled by sun bleached side walls that have been carved and sculpted by the elements and supports rare wildlife like puma, otters and the elusive Andean bear.
Season: June – October
The Apurimac River runs during Peru’s winter months, and the Northern Hemisphere’s summer.