White water rafting in Peru on the Rio Cotahuasi is our most exciting expedition to date, this is an adventure for experienced rafters looking for the ultimate white-water challenge. The Rio Cotahuasi is a relatively new white-water discovery; its first descent was not until 1994 and is surely one of the last remaining secrets in the rafting world. A remote river consisting of world-class rapids, spectacular campsites and unexplored archaeological ruins all set in a breathtakingly beautiful canyon, declared the "World's Deepest Canyon". This is not a trip for the faint-hearted. It begins high up on the Altiplano for a drive into the river, through remote villages and past spectacular volcanoes. We drive past the stunning Sipia Falls where it plunges into an impressive gorge. We challenge 120km of class IV and V rapids for 5 days interspersed with exploration of adjacent desert canyons and Pre-Inca ruins. Join us for this trip of a lifetime and be amongst the first ever to visit this incredible discovery. Other adventures with us in Peru include the multi activity trip, Ultimate Peru or the wildlife and wilderness adventure on the Rio Tambopata.

4 nights
7 nights
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1


    Arrive Lima and fly onward to Arequipa. Hotel for the night.

    Not included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Day 2


    Relax and unwind from your journey in Arequipa. Explore this amazing city. Try the gorgeous Picantaria for your evening meal.

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 3


    Wholesome breakfast, drive the Pan American Highway to the quaint village of Cotahuasi. En route we get to view the amazing Coropuna Volcano.

    Included: All meals

    Day 4


    A gorgeous drive and walk to the point where we'll put on the river tomorrow. We'll pop into Velinga, a village where they produce excellent wine, as well as a stop off at the spectacular Sipia Falls. This afternoon we'll spend outlining safety procedures with plenty of on water practice for our challenges ahead.

    Included: All meals

  • Day 5 - 9


    Spend your next five days exploring 120 km of exhilarating Class IV and V white water. This is rapid upon rapid of full on excitement. You will have chances to walk up to Pre Inca ruins, trek up side canyons and visit small villages.

    Included: All meals

    Day 10


    A leisurely float to meet our take out vehicles at Iquipi, equipped with celebratory cold beers, possibly the best you will have ever tasted after such an invigorating trip. We then take to the road for the trip back to Arequipa

    Included: All meals

    Day 11


    Transfer to the airport and flight back to Lima to connect to your internatinal flight or fly to Cusco for the Machu Picchu trip extension

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 11 - Extension


    Fly to Cuzco from Arequipa to spend the day exploring this fascinating town!

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 12 - Extension


    Take the early train up to the "Lost City Of The Incas", and spend the day exploring this incredible ruin. Later on take the train back down to Cusco and return to the hotel.

    Included: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 13 - Extension


    A day spent at leisure in Cusco, either exploring the secrets of the town or maybe something more energetic like a bit of mountain biking!

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 14 - Extension


    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima and international flight from there. (Outbound flight from Cusco)

    Included: Breakfast

    Day 14 - Extension


    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima and international flight from there.

    Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices

In order to give you increased flexibility for your holiday please call our UK or US office's for advice on who to book your flights with. Alternatively, why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure. Many airlines offer flights to Lima, such as Iberia from the UK or contact Trailfinders for your best flight options. Your trip starts and finishes in Arequipa however if you are doing the trip extension your flights should arrive into Arequipa and depart from Cusco. Many operators also offer flights from the US, but we suggest for the best deals check out Skyscanner.  If you need any help with flights, please dont hesitate to contact us. Alternatively we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website. Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED.
We have price and departure information about the following trips in Peru (river prices only - flights not included).

In order to secure your place pay your deposit  of £750 per person (USD$1000 for U.S. customers). See our Terms & Conditions for full payment terms.

Please note that prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

Rafting - Rio Cotahuasi

Sunday 26 May 2019 - Wednesday 5 June 2019
11 days
GBP £3395
Euro € 3995
USD $ 4750

What You Should Bring

We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you'll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

River Fashion:

River wear:

  • A pair of Keens or similar sandals. (Sandals with a closed toe are ideal)
  • A pair of river shorts (longer leg length) shorts can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • Swimming costumes or bikinis for ladies.
  • Long sleeved thermal top and bottoms to wear under your wetsuit. Capilene, Polypropylene or Merino wool is best. (not cotton)
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased on line or from your river crew.
  • 1 Litre Nalgene / Sigg or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the ‘action’ shots
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF30 minimum.

 Around Camp, travelling and Machu Picchu Extension:

  • 2 Lightweight long trousers, zip off legs are ideal.
  • 2 Lightweight tops - long sleeved shirts or t shirts.
  • 2 Fleece or woollen jumpers.
  • Light weight down jacket.
  • Rain jacket.
  • Wide brimmed sun hat.
  • Woolly hat, gloves, buff / scarf.
  • Walking shoes or boots.
  • Underwear.
  • Flip flops or shoes for wearing around camp.
  • Thermal top and bottoms. (Good to sleep in)
  • Day sack, without a frame.
  • A 4-season sleeping bag. (Can be hired in advance)
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Moneybelt

Personal items:

  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare batteries.
  • Any medication you may be taking and your anti malarial tablets if required.
  • Personal first aid kit.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm.


  • Your favourite book/kindle or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Binoculars.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere.
  • Spare memory card.
  • Solar or portable charger.
  • Zip lock bags to keep valuables dry and sand free.
  • Rehydration tablets (Phizz, Nuun and O.R.S are easily available)
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items, gratuities and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink.

 You do not need to bring tents + sleeping mats.

We provide wetsuits, wetsuit bootees, personal flotation jackets, spray jackets and helmets.


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