• Rafting to the Amazon

    River Rafting to the Amazon is a 9 Day Rafting Trip that includes 7 Rafting Days through the Grand Canyon of South America. All inclusive tour.

  • Rafting to the Amazon

    River Rafting to the Amazon is a 9 Day Rafting Trip that includes 7 Rafting Days through the Grand Canyon of South America. All inclusive tour.

  • Rafting to the Amazon

    River Rafting to the Amazon is a 9 Day Rafting Trip that includes 7 Rafting Days through the Grand Canyon of South America. All inclusive tour.

  • Rafting to the Amazon

    River Rafting to the Amazon is a 9 Day Rafting Trip that includes 7 Rafting Days through the Grand Canyon of South America. All inclusive tour.

$1,550/person
9 Days 7 Rafting Days 6 Camping NIghts 2 Hotel Nights All Inclusive Camping All Gear and Equipment Transportation Safety Kayaks Experienced Team

Rafting to the Amazon

THE ORIGIN OF THE AMAZON RIVER

Rafting to the Amazon is an amazing 7 day river journey through the river that gives birth to the Amazon River: the Marañon River. 

This section of river flows through the heart of the Marañón, Grand Canyon of South America. From Balsas to Puerto Malleta it is characterized by regular class III and IV rapids that flow past the villages of Tupén and Mendán. The local people will take you in and show you why this place is so special, and why they are so passionate about protecting their river.

The great whitewater rapids are interspersed with interesting side hikes to ruins, waterfalls and ancient rock art. In the final days of this journey the landscape drastically changes, from the desert-like ‘dry forests’ to a lush jungle like landscape featuring dozens of scenic waterfalls and rock pools and slides to explore.

A WORLD CLASS RIVER JOURNEY 

This is Grand Canyon style rating at its best. Experience a true wild river, sit by the campfire at night on deserted sandy beaches swapping stories. Taste Peruvian and international culinary delights, sample local wine and beer. Fall asleep listening to the sounds of the Marañón flowing by, and wake to the sound of a hundred different species of bird, many of which are endemic to this valley alone. We are working with some of the most talented outdoor guides in the world, to offer you the Marañón Experience.

Aside from being one of the world’s premiere expedition style river journeys, there are few places on earth where you can see so clearly how rapidly the world is changing around us. This is a rich, thought provoking cultural experience.

We are stewards of this river, and warmly invite you to join us in this journey.

“We were looking for a complete adventure in Cuzco. Since we have 3 kids (2 boys and 1 girl) that liked outdoors activities we found this adventure perfect for us. Not only did we have the best time with my family, we also got the chance to bond like we had never expected”
Jannia G.
Adventurer
“We had the best time with our friends! The two days spent at the Sacred Valley were amazing! We strongly recommend booking this tour with BMQ Travel!”
Ruben B.
Adventuer

Adventure highlights

The River

The Marañón winds its way through the Andes of Northern Peru before changing name to become the Amazon. On this journey we cover 140 river km.

The trip begins in Cajamarca, a 1 hour flight north of Lima. Hotel in Cajamarca + welcome dinner is included.

The journey ends in Jaén, hotel and farewell dinner is included in the package. From Jaén it is a 1.5 hour flight back to Lima.

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Camping Life

Our guides know where the best beaches and campsites are, ensuring that you always have a stunning vista to enjoy your morning tea or coffee.

All drinking water comes from springs or side creeks and is filtered & treated. Campfires most evenings; sit back enjoy the sunset and the stars.

Camp toilet system to ensure human waste is disposed of discreetly & sustainably.

Meals and Drinks

Our menu consists of a mixture of international and traditional Peruvian recipes which will keep everyone happy, from fresh Vegetarians through to meat loving carnivors.

Many products are sourced from nearby conservation areas, supporting protection of Peru’s forests, and giving you the best, freshest tastes!

Fresh produce is sourced locally, and organically

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Camping Gear

While on river we stay in tent. A three person tent can be shared between two people, allowing plenty of space to spread out.

Tents are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own lightweight hiking tent.

Sleeping bags & mats can be brought from home, or hired for a small fee.

Culture

One thing that sets the Marañón apart from other river journeys is the Andean culture and unique exchange that happens along the river.

Villages of Tupén and Mendán are nestled alongside the Marañón, 8 hours walk from the nearest road. Local people are welcoming and always happy to chat, or a friendly game of soccer or volleyball.

We attempt to time our visits with local festivals and celebrations. If you are lucky, you may catch these towns in full swing!

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Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrivals

Arrive to Cajamarca at any time.

Meet with your group and have a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Included DInner: Included

Day 2: River Journey Day 1

We’ll drive through the Peruvian highlands, cross the Andes Mountains and then head down the valley towards our raft drop-in location at the shores of the Maranon River.

After having lunch and our orientation and safety briefing we’ll hop on our rafts to begin the river journey.

After a while, we’ll get to our first camping location where we’ll set up our camp and have dinner.

Day 3: River Journey Day 2

Optional morning hike to cliff-top ruins at Playa el Cura.

After lunch we continue downriver, encountering several class II-III rapids as we wind our way through the geological wonder that is the Marañón Canyon.

You won’t forget that you are in a remote, wild canyon, especially if we encounter strong afternoon winds that are notorious in this part of the canyon.

Today we aim to reach the village of Mendán, where we can find coconuts, seasonal fruits and a tour of the village.

Day 4: River Journey Day 3

A short float full of fun, continuous class III rapids until we reach the village of Tupén.

We stop here for a traditional home cooked lunch, In the afternoon we have the option to explore the area. This involves a hike through the fields of Tupén until we reach Huaman’s Waterfall.

On the way we will take a tour of Emer’s Cacao plantation, try fresh cacao and see the first steps of where chocolate comes from. If we stay in town this evening, it is likely that a soccer game with the local kids will ensue!

Day 5: River Journey Day 4

Today is a huge day of whitewater fun.

We encounter a handfull of notable class III and IV rapids including ‘Tupén Grande’, ‘San Lucas’, ‘Playa el Inca’ and ‘Shingate’ and ‘Magdelena’

We will also pass by the proposed Chadin II dam site, giving thanks to the local people who have worked hard to keep the source of the Amazon running free.

Camp on a stunning deserted beach in the heart of the canyon.

Day 6: River Journey Day 5

Today we float the deepest and most isolated part of the canyon. Keep your eyes focused on the scenery as vegetation and rock subtly changes to lush jungle.

Soon we arrive at LinLin, the largest rapid we will encounter on this section of the river.

After the adrenalin of LinLin, we will bounce through several more rapids before arriving at Las Cascadas Camp.

Here we can relax early and enjoy one of the most stunning sunsets and vistas of the trip.

Day 7: River Journey Day 6

After breakfast we explore the geological phenomenon that is ‘Las Cascadas’.

Dozens of natural pools and waterfalls form as small creeks cascade toward the Marañón. There is nothing better than soaking in the pools while you take in the view of the Marañón flowing timelessly by.

After lunch we get back on the river and navigate through arguably one of the most scenic sections of the entire Marañón River.

Red walled sandstone and lush green shrubs clinging to cliffs give an unmistakable prehistoric feel.

Tonight we camp in the heart of the Red Canyon.

Day 8: River Journey Day 7

After navigating the final rapids of our journey, we will arrive at Puerto

Malleta for a celebratory lunch.

We will then drive 2 hours to Jaén,

Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel and have a farewell dinner, debrief and take stock of this incredible journey.

Day 9: Departures

Group departures.

Fly Jaén-Lima, take a bus, or continue exploring the north of Peru with recommended visits to Kuelap Ruins, Gocta Waterfall and Indigenous Awajún communities in the jungle.

Does this look like fun? Book your adventure today!

Pricing Chart

We offer three standard booking options to fit most needs. Please contact us for special pricing and financing options for your adventure!

Complete booking
*4+ people. one time full payment of the adventure. 20% Discount on future bookings.
$1,550/person*
  • 9 Day Adventure
  • 7 Rafting Days
  • Experienced Guide
  • All meals during rafting days.
  • Selection of alcoholic beverages during rafting days.
  • 6 nights tented accomodation while on river (twin share).
  • 1 night accomodation & welcome Dinner in Cajamarca.
  • Transport to and from river.
  • 1 night accomodation & farewell dinner in Jaén`.
  • Safety equipment including helmet and pfd.
  • Drybags for your personal belongings.
  • Expedition first aid, medical supplies, emergency communications and water filtration system.
  • Receive 20% discount for future activities & adventures booked**
Book with 30%
*4+ people. Initial 30% deposit. See Booking Conditions for more information.
$465/person*
  • 9 Day Adventure
  • 7 Rafting Days
  • Experienced Guide
  • All meals during rafting days.
  • Selection of alcoholic beverages during rafting days.
  • 6 nights tented accomodation while on river (twin share).
  • 1 night accomodation & welcome Dinner in Cajamarca.
  • Transport to and from river.
  • 1 night accomodation & farewell dinner in Jaén`.
  • Safety equipment including helmet and pfd.
  • Drybags for your personal belongings.
  • Expedition first aid, medical supplies, emergency communications and water filtration system.
  • Initial payment of 30% of $1,550 per person
10+ person group
*10+ people. Discounted price for groups of 10+. Pay 30% initial deposit for each traveler.
$420/person*
  • 9 Day Adventure
  • 7 Rafting Days
  • Experienced Guide
  • All meals during rafting days.
  • Selection of alcoholic beverages during rafting days.
  • 6 nights tented accomodation while on river (twin share).
  • 1 night accomodation & welcome Dinner in Cajamarca.
  • Transport to and from river.
  • 1 night accomodation & farewell dinner in Jaén`.
  • Safety equipment including helmet and pfd.
  • Drybags for your personal belongings.
  • Expedition first aid, medical supplies, emergency communications and water filtration system.
  • Initial payment of 30% of $1,400 per person

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