Luxury Rafting Trip Marañon River 14 Days


The Amazon River (Río Marañon) in the Andes offers the finest raft-support trip in South America. Join our raft/kayak expedition as we paddle through the scenic and arid main Grand Canyon section, with fun class III-IV rapids, amazing side hikes, beautiful beach camps, friendly residents, and Incan ruins


Marañon River is the parent torrent or “mainstem” source of the Amazon, meeting no stronger rival at any junction on its route to the Atlantic. It therefore is the Upper Amazon and the only stream meriting this title. From its birthplaces at glaciers on the highest tropical mountains in the world [Huascarán and Yerupajá; 6600-6800 m (21000-22000 ft)], the Marañon courses north over about 1/3 of the length of the country of Peru in the central Andes. As it does so, it is hugged into the bottom of an arid canyon up to 3000 m (10000 ft) deep on both sides – more than double the depth of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. A Sierra Rios expedition in 2012 discovered what the Marañón was like, and learned of plans for over a dozen hydroelectric dams. The next excursions are intended to increase appreciation of the river so more authoritative opinions can be formed against the dams.

Voice your opinion now in the SAVE RIO MARANON campaign. Sign a petition! Watch a film. Make the issue known. Support the cause with a donation! The trips are open to everyone: rafters, kayakers, IKers, and passengers. No prior whitewater experience is necessary on a raft.

Our main Grand Canyon Amazon trip covers the following sections:

CentralGC: 149 km; class II-III (IV); 6-7 days;


LowerGC: 143 km; class III-IV; 6-7 days;


– Some tours will continue 5 more days into the Jungle Pongos

– Launches at low water (Jun-Oct) will be planned for 14 days total

– launches at high water Dec-Apr may be planned for only 12 days

– lt is possible to join or leave any expedition at Balsas

– Private groups are welcomed to schedule a trip

– either as a fully guided trip or a self-organized trip.


    Routes and camps may vary from trip to trip. This is a sample itinerary that has worked well in the past for the Central+LowerGC Grand Canyon Amazon trip (see Upper+InnerGorge if doing the upper section):

    DAY 0:

    Rendezvous in Trujillo

    Meet trip leader in afternoon

    DAY 1:

    Flight Trujillo-to-Chagual; rigging

    Safety and camp dialog; possible Pumurgo (III-IV) run; camp

    DAY 2:

    Central Grand Canyon

    Pass Vijus, Hualango (III), Gansul (III)

    Llaupuy side hike; ~30 km

    DAY 3:

    Central Grand Canyon

    Possible hike; Lunch at Calemar

    Río Choclo clear stream; class II; ~20 km

    DAY 4:

    Central Grand Canyon

    Easy river day with beautiful scenery

    Camp close giant wall & falls of Muro Poso; class II; ~20 km

    DAY 5:

    Central Grand Canyon

    Muro Poso: Hike Cangrejo and/or Sute ruins

    Montevideo tombs; (camp by Llanten); ~28 km

    DAY 6:

    Central Grand Canyon

    Layover; Hike to Llanten Narrows/Falls; Jecumbuy

    Possible Pachamanca traditional food

    DAY 7:

    Central Grand Canyon

    Big rapids day: Llanten (III-IV) & Samosierra (IV)

    Camp near Trapiche or Chacanto; class IV; ~30 km

    DAY 8:

    Lower Grand Canyon

    Lunch at Balsas/Chacanto

    Possible cooler exchange/food resupply

    Visit Odebrecht office; class III; ~30 km

    DAY 9:

    Lower Grand Canyon

    Playa El Cura citadel hike

    El Choclón (III-IV), Santa Rosa (III); class III; ~30 km

    DAY 10:

    Lower Grand Canyon

    To Mendán or Tupén Grande, meet villagers, visit chacras

    Possible Pachamanca; class III; ~30 km

    DAY 11:

    Lower GC; San Lucas; Chadin II dam site

    Playa El Inca, camp at/near Magdalena; class III-IV; ~30 km

    DAY 12:

    Lower Grand Canyon

    Layover; Hike Magdalena (layover is also possible Day11 or Day13)

    DAY 13:

    Lower Grand Canyon

    Magdalena, Linlín, Totora, Sauce

    Pools at Q.Agua Blanca; class III-IV; ~30 km

    DAY 14:

    Lower Grand Canyon

    Palaguas, Amazon Cavern

    Arrive Puerto Malleta by 1 pm; derig

    Ride to Bagua; hotel; class III; 20 km

  • Aqui colocar INCLUDED

  • Prices in American Dollars per person