Heart of the Marañón - Amachay Yumi

Cajamarca, Peru

Marañón Experience
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Oct 17 - 25, 2020
Group size: 4 - 36
Heart of the Marañón - Amachay Yumi
Cajamarca, Peru

Marañón Experience
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
9 reviews

Oct 17 - 25, 2020
Group size: 4 - 36

About this trip

On these dates we will be supporting the Amachay Yumi Festival. We are running our amazing 'Heart of the Marañón' Package as normal: same attractions, great service, delicious menu and quality accomodations. The big difference is that you will be travelling with the team running this festival and journalists reporting on it.  You will have the opportunity to participate in fiestas (film screening & party) in three local villages along the way and be a part of this festival which will help to protect Peruvian Rivers.

This trip has it all; the colourful culture of the high Andes, heart warming visits to remote riverside villages, waterfalls in lush the Amazonas jungle and ruined Cities atop mountain peaks in the Kingdom of the Clouds.  9 or 11 day options available.

We begin the adventure by rafting through the 'Heart of the Marañón' on a 7 day whitewater rafting expedition where jaw dropping views can be found around every bend. We camp on remote pristine beaches, untouched and unspoiled and an enjoy impossibly classy menu. Most days offer side hikes into stunning canyons, waterfalls, natural pools and friendly villages. This river journey through the Grand Canyon of South America is unforgettable and for good reason- Rio Marañón as source of the Amazon is one of the most important and endangered rivers on the planet. 

After 140km on the river we arrive into the Northern Amazonas and travel into the mountains. We hike into the cloud forest to experience Gocta Waterfall, at 771m it is one of the tallest on the planet. We will also trek around the ancient Citadel of Kuelap; a remnant of the fascinating Chachapoyan Culture with 20m high stone walls and over 420 circular stone buildings. Kuelap is thought to have been an important Chachapoya ceremonial center with some 3,000 inhabitants dedicated to rituals and solar observations.

This is truly one of the most unforgettable multi-sport adventures out there, in a pocket of the world which is still largely untouched and unknown. You will be travelling with Marañón Experience, experts in sustainable eco-tourism in this area; their mission is to ensure the Marañón River, Source of the Amazon is protected in its free flowing state, and everything they do forms a part of this mission- from interactions in local villages, to sharing this wealth of knowledge with guests.

Download our Brochure for the river section, packing list, arrival and departure information

What do we eat on the river expedition?

This is one aspect of the trip you definitely don't need to worry about.
Our menu will knock you socks off considering that we carry everything we need with us on the rafts. Garlic lemon shrimp,  fried halloumi, honey soy salmon, prosciutto olive tapenade ciabatta, fresh fruit salad with homemade granola and local yogurt, eggs benedict with a side hash browns - and all that's within the first couple of days!

We're happy to cater for all kinds of dietary requirements, just let us know what you need!

What makes this trip unique?

This trip is a once off! The Amachay Yumi tour will never be repeated,

This trip connects some of the most iconic Peruvian landscapes and cultural sites, in unforgettable style. A raft trip down the Grand Canyon of South America is like no other; incredible menu, stunning beachside campsites, deep wild canyons and Heart warming interactions in remote riverside villages await.

When we arrive to Amazonas and journey into the Kingdom of the clouds you will experience ruins that rival Machu Picchu, but without the huge crowds and  trek to one of the highest waterfalls on the planet.

Packing List

Personal Items:

Daypack (small) or fanny pack

Water bottle with a locking carabiner (To clip onto raft throughout the day.

Carabiner must be able to lock when clipped onto raft)

Headlamp or flashlight with batteries (rechargeable is ok)

Sunglasses with securing strap

Toiletries (natural ingredients & biodegradeable where possible)

Small towel and washcloth

Sunscreen and lip balm: waterproof and SPF 30 or higher (travel size)

Moisturizer for hands and face. (travel size)

Insect repellent (non-DEET repellent is preferable, can buy in Peru)

Small personal first aid kit with band-aids, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen,

diarrhea & anti-nausea medication, etc.

A spare pair of glasses or contacts if you use these (It is possible that

water and sand can cause problems for people using contacts)


On River shoes (Water shoes or sandals)

Lightweigth Hiking boo ts or Shoes (for side hikes)

Sandals or flip-flops for around camp


Neoprene or wool socks for the river (optional)


Long-sleeved shirt & long pants for off river

Long pants or shorts + leggings & long sle eve shirt for on river (long sleeves & pants important for sun and bug protection)

Medium weight fleece, sweater or jacket

T-shirt and/or lightweight quick-dry top

Board Shorts

Undergarments as many as required for the trip

Bathing suit

Optional Items

Lightweight Jacket, windproof and waterproof. (highly recommended if

travelling in wet season November-May)!

Tent. (Tents are provided, however feel free to bring your own lightweight

shelter if you prefer.)

Sleeping pad. (Basic foam sleeping pads are included, or Delux sleeping

pad is available for hire)


Bandana and Bug Net

Camera (spare battery recommended) and/or Binoculars.

Paddling gloves for sun & water protection

Reading, writing, drawing, painting materials

Small travel-sized game

Cap or visor that can fit under a helmet

While in kingdom of the clouds:

Comfortable shoes for Hiking

Rain Jacket

Hiking Pants / Shorts

Hiking Shirt + mid layer

Warm Coat, Sweater or Jacket

Water bottle


Clothing for evenings after the days activities

Toiletries & underwear

What’s included

  • Hotels (4 Nights)
    Twin Share accomodation.
  • 7D/6N Raft Expedition
    Includes tents, delux sleeping pad, sleeping bag and drybags to keep your gear dry and all safety equipment
  • Professional Guides
    Our trained, bi-lingual river guides will help you safely navigate the whitewater, and also get the best cultural and natural interpretation of the area.
  • Meals on the River
    Restaurant Welcome Dinner in Cajamarca and all meals on the river trip.
  • Park Entrance Fees
    All park entrance fees to cultural sites and local guides to explain the history of these sites.
  • All Transport
    Pickup and Dropoff to Airports
  • Flights
    You will need to purchase your flights to arrive in Cajamarca, Peru on Day 1; and you can depart from Jaén, Peru in the afternoon on day 11
  • Travel Insurance
    We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance which covers rafting up to grade 4 and medical evacuations.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    We provide a small selection of drinks on the trip. You are welcome to purchase your own supplies in Cajamarca or email us and make a beverage pre-order.
  • 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.
  • Items on Packing List
    Check the Packing list for all other items that you will need to bring.

Available Packages

Heart of the Marañón

This option includes the 7 day rafting expedition through the Heart of the Marañón, all up a 9D/8N package with hotel stay in arrival and departure city.

Deposit: $500
Amachay Yumi <3 : Heart of the Marañon
Available until September 1, 2020

This option includes a $240 donation to help fund the position of a journalist on this trip. Journalists will be reporting on the festival to ensure that the message reaches the highest levels.

This option includes the 7 day rafting expedition through the Heart of the Marañón, all up a 9D/8N package with hotel stay in arrival and departure city.


Available options

Sponsor a Journalist - Amachay Yumi Tour
Single Supplement - 2 Hotel Nights
Single Supplement - (Your own tent)
3 Day Add On Monkeys & Rainforest Life


Day 1
Arrivals to Cajamarca & Welcome Dinner

Upon arrival to Cajamarca Airport a private taxi will be waiting to take you to the hotel. You have free time throughout the day to explore Cajamarca. Perhaps a swim in the hot-springs used by Atahualpa, the last Incan emperor, the chance to wander through the city marvelling at its colonial architecture, vibrant Andean textiles and delicious local cheese.

We will meet in lobby of our stunning hotel at 6pm and head to the restaurant for a welcome dinner and briefing about the adventure to come.

10 minute taxi transfer to hotel

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


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
Muy divertido!
By David H for Patty Gelatt Private Row Your Own Trip October 2019 on 07 Nov, 2019
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