Heart of the Marañón

Cajamarca, Peru

Marañón Experience
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Heart of the Marañón
Cajamarca, Peru

Marañón Experience
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Deposit: $500

About this trip

The Marañón River is one of the most unique river journeys on the planet. Isolated riverside villages, cascading waterfalls, natural swimming holes, ancient rock art, ruins, along with flora and fauna not found anywhere else on the planet.  Our tour through the Grand Canyon of South America will leave you wanting more.

This  7 day  whitewater rafting trip in Peru (total 9D/8N package) offers a one-of-a kind blend of scenic river journey, cultural experience in local villages and brilliant whitewater; all which can be squeezed into a single week of vacation. The Marañón offers unparalleled fly in- fly out access from starting and finish points and a long season which means you can go when it's best for you. The best time to go is from May-November, however it's possible to raft this section outside of this season.

We will take you to the heart of the Marañón.
Download our Brochure for full itinerary, packing list, arrival and departure information


The main season for this raft tour is May to November, when weather is perfect! Almost guaranteed to be hot, dry and sunny; and water levels are prime.

In the shoulder seasons, May and November, water levels may fluctuate between low and high, and it's possible to have some rain come through. It is possible to travel between December and January, however water levels can be very high, and weather less predictable (storms are more likely in the wet season). For this reason if you want to join a trip at this time of year, we will screen participants carefully.

What else can I do in Northern Peru?

At the end of your trip we highly recommend visiting the ancient fortress of Kuelap, a remnant of the Chachapoyan culture and hiking to the stunning Gocta waterfall.  Both these attractions are quite close to the trip finish point.  We offer top quality 3 day add on package, or you are very welcome to go exploring on your own.

Departure Dates

We are more than happy to arrange custom departure dates. Send us a message to line up your perfect dates. 

2019 Season
22nd-29th June - Fully Booked, Sorry!
10th – 18th August
30th September – 8th October 2019 (Confirmed Departure)
13th-27th October -15 Days Tranquil Canyon – Fully Booked, Sorry!

What’s included

  • Accommodation (8 Nights)
    Twin Share accomodation. Hotel nights at start and finish of trip, plus all nights on-river in tent. You can upgrade to a single supplement, or are welcome to bring your own tent.
  • 7 Day Raft Expedition
    We will be on the river for a total of 7 days, 1 day is included either side of the trip to allow for arrivals and departures.
  • 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
    Restaurant Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner. All other meals come straight from the camp kitchen and from local villages.
  • River Equipment
    PFD, Helmet, Paddle, and a 60L drybag to store all your personal belongings in.
  • Life Support Equipment
    Fully stocked expedition first aid kit, emergency communications, water filtration systems.
  • Transport to& from River
    Transport to and from the river from start and finish cities is included.
  • Flights
    You will need to purchase your flights to arrive in Cajamarca, Peru on Day 1; and you can depart from Jaén, Peru on day 9.
  • 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 complete the beverage pre-order form.
  • Sleeping Bag
    Bring your own, 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.
  • Items on Packing List
    Check the Packing list for all other items that you will need to bring.

Available options

Hire Sleeping Bag
Upgrade to Delux Sleeping Pad
Single Supplement - 2 Hotel Nights
Single Supplement - (Single person tent)
Upgrade Hotel in Cajamarca to 4.5 stars
3 Day Add On -Chachapoyas ruins & hiking
3 Day Add On Monkeys & Rainforest Life


Day 1
Arrivals to Cajamarca & Welcome Dinner

You will arrive to Cajamarca, Peru and check into the Hotel we have booked for you. You can explore this Andean City with 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 hotel lobby for a briefing and welcome dinner. 

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


This was a trip of a lifetime with breathtaking views, an incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and a wild ride on the Maranon. THIS is the way to see Peru - and to learn about its many natural wonders and why they're important to protect. Put this on your bucket list.
TIME OF MY LIFE!!! I couldn’t have asked for anything more, the food was insane every day, the rapids were perfect, campsites were unbelievable! My favourite part was visiting the villages, partying and playing football with the kids. The guides were always making sure we were safe, happy and having a good time. I can safely say it was a once in a lifetime that I definitely want to do again!!!