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Whitewater Rafting the Tambopata Jungle 09 Days / 08 Nights

Location: Peru
Duration: 9 Days
Type: Adventure Peru Treks, River Rafting Tours
Destinations: Jungle Amazon, Juliaca, Tambopata River, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco
Description: This unique whitewater rafting expedition takes place in one of the most remote corners of the Peruvian rainforest. The Tambopata/ Candamo Natural Reserve, at the edge of the Amazon Basin, is near the Bolivian and Brazilian borders. This trip has all of the ingredients of an epic and unforgettable “journey of a lifetime”

Our expedition starts on the shores of Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world at 15,480 meters above sea level. From the town of Juliaca, we travel across the altiplano into high tropical rain forest where we begin our rafting journey. We’ll leave behind the last signs of pioneer farmers, gold-panners and human settlements and enter the magical and mysterious world of the Amazon Rainforest.

For seven days we’ll raft through a natural habitat seeing a high diversity of plants and animals, including 8 species of macaws, 13 species of monkeys, 530 species of birds, ocelot, jaguar, capybara, tapir, caiman, and the giant river otter

We’ll run Class III and IV rapids before arriving at the famous macaw lick. Waking-up at our campsite at dawn, we have a perfect view of these magnificent birds. From here we’ll begin our return journey by a motorized dugout canoe to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado and then by airplane to Cusco.


Whitewater Rafting The Tambopata Jungle

Whitewater Rafting The Tambopata Jungle

  • Day 1: Juliaca – Amazon Basin.
  • Day 2 and 3: Tambopata River.
  • Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: Tambopata River Rafting.
  • Day 9 : Puerto Maldonado Cusco.



Day 1: Juliaca – Amazon Basin

Greeting in Juliaca and board the bus that will take us across the altiplano and over a 5,000m pass down to the jungle. Here we will be ready to put-in at the edge of the Amazon Basin.

Days 2, 3: Tambopata River

As we leave the last traces of civilization behind us we’ll enter a pristine rainforest using the river as our “highway”.

We will raft down the Tambopata River camping on sandy beaches where we will have a chance to encounter diverse wildlife.

Days 4, 5, 6, 7, 8: Tambopata River Rafting

Surrounded by lush vegetation, we will run class III and IV rapids. There is a good chance of seeing monkeys, capybaras, tapirs and giant river otters, among other animals. Our journey will take us through the macaw lick where we will spend the night camping on the river shore.

At the crack of dawn, we will see a rowdy crowd of macaws with their variegated brilliance spattering the clay riverbank. Later a dugout motor canoe will meet us to take us to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado where we will spend the night in a hotel. End of our services.

Day 9: Puerto Maldonado Cusco

Early morning flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. At this point, you can take an optional trips in Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.



  • All rafting equipment (self -bailing rafts).
  • Professional guides, cooks etc.
  • Transportation from Juliaca to the river.
  • Double occupancy tents.
  • All meals while on the trip.

Not Included:

  • Flights to Juliaca or from Puerto Maldonado.
  • Meals while in the cities.
  • Personal equipment and clothing.

What to bring:

  • UV chap-stick.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Sleeping bag, mattress.
  • Extra socks (4 pairs).
  • Warm clothes for the night (fleece, long pants).
  • Light clothes for rafting.
  • Fold-up lightweight rain gear / poncho.
  • Collapsible umbrella for rain and shade.
  • Waterproof day back pack for water and personal items.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Non-disposable water bottle (stainless steel).
  • Water purification tablets (Micropur available in Cusco).
  • Flashlight.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Compass.
  • Small travel binoculars.
  • Toilet paper for your backpack.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Bandana.
  • Brimmed hat.
  • Small notebook and pen (notes for your blog and wildlife sketches).
  • Small tone.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Foam ear plugs. For long bus rides and better rest.
  • Medications.
  • Airborne.
  • Imodium-D.
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Band-aids.
  • Treat shoes with waterproof silicon spray before leaving home.
  • Personal clothing for trek, extra socks and t-shirts.
  • Lighter / matches ziploc plastic with hiking energy food.
  • Ziploc plastic bags to keep clothes dry.


Whitewater Rafting the Tambopata Jungle – 09 days


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