Multiday kayaking and rafting trip on the Marañón

Balsas 01475, Perú

ME
Marañón Experience
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21 reviews
May 21 - 29, 2022
Group size: 4 - 25
Multiday kayaking and rafting trip on the Marañón
Balsas 01475, Perú

Marañón Experience
  • Email address verified
21 reviews

May 21 - 29, 2022
Group size: 4 - 25

About this trip

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:
vera@growwtflow.nl or +31 6 125 24 381 

 

There are two components to the trip: A multiday river trip and a possible add-on option exploring "the Kingdom of the Clouds' afterwards. 


>>About the river 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/ 8 night  whitewater rafting or kayaking trip in Peru offers a one-of-a kind blend of scenic river journey, cultural experience in local villages and brilliant whitewater; We will take you to the heart of the Marañón.

For kayakers, this trip is ideal to step up your game, gaining confidence on big water as we go. As the trip is raft supported, you will have an empty boat, while having the luxury of a delicious meal and a cold beer at camp. This is thé introduction to multi-day kayaking trips.  

In case you have no or little whitewater experience, you have the option to join us on a raft. With the big amount of water on the Marañón, you will be sure of enough excitement, while also having the time to take in all impressive landscapes. 


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


After 7 days on the river, it is time to get our legs working during a unique add-on option. We will use them to visit some unique places in the Kingdom of the Clouds, including a 771-meter waterfall, the ancient city of Kuelap and a cloudforest exploration to some hidden ancient 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 for more detail.


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:
vera@growwtflow.nl or +31 6 125 24 381


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

Season

This trip is happening in late May. 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 it's the end of the rainy season.

Once you go up into the Kingdom of the Clouds you are surrounded by cloud forest where it is a bit cooler (bring a rain 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.
  • Transport & Connections
    Transport from Lima to Cajamarca by overnight bus (flying option available) 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 (in case of add-on, including the Kingdom of Clouds)

What’s not included

  • 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. We can help you to purchase beer, wine and spirits in Cajamarca.
  • Personal Medications
    Bring all your own personal medications
  • River trip Packing List
    Check the Packing list for all other items that we recommend you to bring on the river trip: https://maranonexperience.com/7-day-raft-tour/
  • International Flights

Available Packages

Rafting

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

€1,975
Deposit: €500
Kayaking

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. 

€2,150
Deposit: €500

Available options

Itinerary

Day 1 (May 21th) & 2
Meeting in Lima, 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. 

Who’s Going

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

Reviews

OC
This trip was the experience of a lifetime! Our crew from Thompson Rivers University came out to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the river and it delivered. Luigi and Vera are wonderful guides who loved to share their passion for the river and conservation efforts being made to oppose the proposed dams on the Marañón River. Our crew got to see first hand the villages and its people who would be greatly impacted by the flooding caused by these proposed dams. Our trip was everything we had hoped for and more. Mandalena rapid will always have a special place in our hearts.
By Oliver C for TRU 2024 Whitewater Expedition on May 23, 2024
JM
A lifetime experience. Amazing trip with unvaluable crew paddling strong through the heart of the Marañon!!! You must live the experience to understand how grateful I am with Luigi and Vera for sharing their passion for rivers and purpose protecting the Marañon as a free flowing river (I reckon no need for large hydro dams anymore). Down the river you get friendly whitewater up to class 4 rapids you definetely would like to scout. Actually, whitewater not so white by december (aprox 400 m3/s / 17,000 ft/s), so adrenaline levels definetely rised up during this trip....Heads up, with this flow you must paddle hard to stay away from some walls, still you'll have enough time to make a sweet clean line. Besides whitewater, the experience provides many highlights: beautiful beaches for camp sites, clear skies, delicious foods and drinks (I really really mean it), recently discovered ruins and cavern paintings, friendly villages (saved from dam flooding) and limitless biodiversity for investigation & research (endemisms zone). Hope to be back soon, GRACIAS TOTALES!!
By Juan Miguel N for Jule & Friends - Row your Own Heart of the Marañón on Dec 19, 2023
Gracias ingeniero!!! Fue un gustaso. Coordinaremos el 2nd lap!!
By Marañón Experience on Jan 17, 2024
ME
NL
the sounds of magic river in the nigths, stars and moon. clouds of imagination and waking up in the nature itself. Epic rapids, so much fun in the day, adventure, joy and happiness. what a crew, so profesionals, so nice, so cool. I re-learn that nature is the source of all benefits and this experience takes you in such unique prestige places... EPIC TRIP!!!
By Nicolàs L for Art + Conservation Coast 2 Coast / Marañón Waterkeeper trip on Oct 25, 2023
EPIC trip con las mejores vibras e intenciones mi hermano!!!
By Marañón Experience on Jan 17, 2024
ME
A fantastic and unforgettable experience which we would definitely recommend to do, if you're looking for an authentic Peruvian adventure! Amazing nature and unexpected extraordinary food. The guides are great, easy going and knowledgable. Go for it!
By Jesse v for Grand Canyon of the Marañón, Andes to Amazon on Oct 22, 2023
Thanks Jesse! We hope to have you guys back in the near future!
By Marañón Experience on Jan 17, 2024
ME
Got way more out of this trip than expected. Rapids were pretty mellow (170 m3/s in August) and the weather was perfect, but it was the cultural experiences that made this trip special. Luigi and Vera were awesome guides and cooks and were loved by all locals. They really made this trip an incredible experience. Thanks guys. I hope we get to boat (or Mtn bike) together again someday!
By Oliver S for Logan McDaneld - Row your Own Heart of the Marañón FINAL PAYMENT on Aug 31, 2023
Thank you so much Oliver! Was a pleasure to share this trip with you and your awesome crew! Samewise, hope we get to adventure together sometime in the future!
By Marañón Experience on Sep 08, 2023
ME
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Luigi and his team were amazing! We enjoyed a 3 night and 4 day adventure in the Marañon River in Peru. It was my first time rafting and I felt really save under his guidance. They customized the tour for us, since it was our honey moon. It was an adventure of a lifetime with so many beautiful memories! You’ll be deep in the nature, contemplating mesmerizing sunsets, wildlife and welcoming communities. Thank you, Luigi and team!
By Paula M on 22 Apr, 2023
EK
We had a marvelous time on the river with Maranon Experience!!! I can think of no one better to adventure with down this magical river. Maranon Experience has a deep love for the river and works tirelessly to keep it free flowing (Rio Libre). This is a journey that cannot be missed!!! Such a wonderful experience.
By Elsa K on 14 Apr, 2023