Grow with the Flow joins the Marañón River Tour!

Cajamarca, Peru

Marañón Experience
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Oct 16 - 28, 2020
Group size: 4 - 25
Grow with the Flow joins the Marañón River Tour!
Cajamarca, Peru

Marañón Experience
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
10 reviews

Oct 16 - 28, 2020
Group size: 4 - 25

About this trip

The Marañón springs to life high up in the Andes mountains and cuts between two of its ranges all the way North where it becomes the Amazon. We embark on a 7-day river journey that will bring you to isolated riverside villages, cascading waterfalls, natural swimming holes, ancient rock art and ruins, along with flora and fauna not found elsewhere in the world. During this journey, we take part in the Marañón River Tour, a 34-day action to say no to 20 proposed hydropower dams. You have a chance to join three events in the local villages where we meet with the local river defenders. On the water, we will fall into our own rhythm of running rapids, exploring the land around the river and sleeping at magnificent beaches under starry skies. This is your one time opportunity to experience this unique river journey with a purpose! 

After 7 days on the river, it is time to get our legs working. We will use them to visit some unique places in the Kingdom of Clouds, including a 771-meter waterfall, the ancient city of Kuelap and a cloudforest exploration to some undiscovered ruins. We will be based in the town of Cocachimba in front of the Gocta waterfall and do an overnight hike to Kuélap, staying at the Huiquilla Conservation Area. Have a look at our day to day program and get as excited as we are! 

What is the Marañón River Tour?
Magnificent enough on its own already, putting the Marañón River in the context of this world-famous Amazon ecosystem makes it is easy to understand that this river supports life in many forms. These ecosystems are however threatened by 22 proposed dams. It is thanks to many locals who stood up for the river and the work of Marañón Waterkeeper to get their voices heard, that the dam plans are getting less realistic and hopefully soon forever vanish. The Marañón River Tour will celebrate that the river remains free-flowing together with all these locals during a 33-day descent from the source down to puerto Malleta. It is organised by Marañón Waterkeeper and we are very happy to invite you to the last stage of this tour! 

This custom trip will be hosted by Marañón Experience, put together for Grow with the Flow, organised by Vera Knook- contact Vera for more information: or +31 6 125 24 381

Check out our Brochure for full itinerary, packing list, arrival and departure information


This trip is happening in the second half of October. Weather is usually warm, dry and sunny in the river canyon in high 20s or low 30s (degrees celsius).  There are some chances of rain, since is the start of the rainy season.

Once you go up into the Kingdom of the Cloud you are surrounded by cloud forest where it is a bit cooler (bring a jacket!) . Days are normally warm and sunny, however there is always some possibility of rain. 

What’s included

  • 7D/8N River Expedition
    Rafting or Kayaking. All inclusive: guides, food, transport & equipment.
  • 4 day explore north Peru
    Travelling to and exploring Chachapoyas and its surrounds
  • Transport & Connections
    Transport from Lima to Cajamarca by overnight bus and from Jaén to Lima by Domestic Flight. All transport in between will be on a private van.
  • All Meals
    From our welcome dinner in Cajamarca until departure from Jaén (including River Expedition and the Kingdom of Clouds)
  • Travel Insurance
    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance which covers rafting up to grade 4 in case a medical evacuation is needed.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    We provide a small selection of drinks on the rafting trip, and will help you to purchase beer, wine and spirits in Cajamarca.
  • Sleeping Bag
    Bring your own on the rafting trip, or rent one from us.
  • Personal Medications
    Bring all your own personal medications, it is best to transport these in your carry on, so there is very low chance of losing them.
  • River trip Packing List
    Check the Packing list for all other items that you will need to bring on the river trip.
  • International Flights

Available Packages

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If you are rafting Marañón River on a fully guided raft choose this package. (No experience necessary!)

Deposit: €500

If you are kayaking the Marañón River choose this option. You will receive paddle, pfd, skirt and your choice from a selection of Kayaks.

You will have a kayak guide showing you lines and doing safety, but you still must have some experience in whitewater kayaking to choose this option. You must be a strong class III+ paddler who can reliably roll. 

Deposit: €500

Available options

Hire Sleeping Bag
Single Supplement - (2 Hotel Nights)
Single Supplement - (tent to yourself)
Upgrade Hotel in Cajamarca to 4.5 stars


Day 1 (Oct 16th) & 2
Meeting, Travel to Cajamarca & Welcome Dinner

The group will meet in Lima, then take an overnight sleeper bus to Cajamarca (these are not your average busses! On journey entertainment and 180 degree reclining seat/bed awaits!) You will arrive to Cajamarca early in the morning on day 2 and check into the comfortable hotel we have booked for you. 

You can explore this Andean City with a unique blend of Peruvian and Colonial Architecture, or visit the Hot Springs that the Incas used at 'Baños del Inca'.

In the evening we will meet at 6pm in the hotel lobby for a briefing and Welcome Dinner. 

Your Organizer

Marañón Experience
10 reviews
We offer the finest whitewater rafting journeys down the Marañón River, Peru - Source of the Amazon and accompanying experiences in Northern Peru.


We had an absolutely incredible time with Luigi! He created a custom Peruvian experience for us. We started our trip in Pusste Copuma and saw nobody for the first 6 days. It was just us in the remote Andes. After the 7th day, we started to encounter more villages and people. Luigi has kept up great relationships with the locals; we were able to get hot meals and even beers along the river! I will never forget our 14-day Marañón trip. Thanks so so much for making it unforgettable.
By Jessica D for Kayaking in Northern Perú on 23 Jan, 2022
Absolutely incredible experience! I have know Ben for quite a few years, but never gone on a trip with him and Luigi. I knew it would be fun and interesting -- but this really blew all expectations out of the water. The rafting was wildly fun. The food was fantastic. The camaraderie was great and we made lasting friendships. More than anything, Ben and Luigi shared their passion and knowledge of the area with us. It was an amazing experience.
By Aaron R for Magical Marañón Mystery Tour on 10 Jan, 2020
What an amazing experience! This trip was better than I could have hoped for. The scenery, the guides, the food, the fun. It is obvious from the beginning that these guides are passionate about their work and about the river that they are working hard to protect. They are attentive, organized, and just all around excellent people to spend time with. Our 7 day experience combined a perfect mix of adventure, learning, and simply being. I will cherish my memories of the Maranon for a lifetime. Thank you Ben and Luigi!
By Tamara L for Magical Marañón Mystery Tour on 20 Nov, 2019
We floated the Rio Maranon in October 2019 from Chagual to Puerto Malleta (13 days) with Maranon Experience. We found large sandy beaches, exciting rapids, beautiful scenery, good food and educational cultural experiences with local people. It was a row-your-own style trip with a group of our experienced river friends. Our guide Luigi was fantastic - very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and fit right in with our group. We highly recommend this trip with Maranon Experience!
By Patty G for Patty Gelatt Private Row Your Own Trip October 2019 on 18 Nov, 2019
I absolutely loved my 7-day trip on the Maranon with Ben, Luigi, and company. The river itself was a perfect introduction to whitewater rafting, with the right balance of thrilling class IV rapids but the safety net of very experienced guides. The natural beauty of the canyon was stunning, with breathtaking views of the Andes around every corner. I really enjoyed the day hikes to lookouts and waterfalls. Connecting with local villagers (e.g., taking part in soccer games and fiestas) was also a highlight. And the food was far better than I thought possible for a large group camping trip. The guides themselves were super friendly and easy to get along with, extremely knowledgeable about the river, the local geography, and history of the region. They are clearly passionate about preserving the Maranon, and have done a fantastic job at creating an enivironmentally-friendly, ethical business. It was truly an experience of a lifetime!
By Brodie M for Magical Marañón Mystery Tour on 12 Nov, 2019
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