White-water rafting on the Tambopata River Peru

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Heart-pounding thrills with the kind of tranquillity you only get once you’ve escaped civilisation

Rafting Peru’s Tambopata River is an awesome adventure that mixes heart-pounding thrills with the kind of tranquillity you only get once you’ve escaped civilisation.

Peru’s got nearly 400 miles of river systems, many of which are great for white-water rafting. The tropical rainforest-lined route from Puno (6234 feet above sea level) to Madre de Dios Amazon plain (656 feet above sea level) is undoubtedly its most spectacular.

The 10-day trip – part remote expedition, part extreme sports adrenaline rush – is a great way to get outside your comfort zone.

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Once you’ve learned the basics of river safety and managed to at least feign a degree of paddling technique, your attention turns from your rubber-inflated craft to the world beyond it. Here we’re talking giant butterflies, otters and monkeys, as this is one of Peru’s least inhabited regions. Some say they’ve seen jaguars, although we think that could be a bit of a stretch.

Every now and then the river sets a change of pace – the serene strokes you take while appreciating the pristine rainforest give way to furious paddling, as you negotiate the white waters of a grade III and IV rapids.

Rafters are on the river for around five or six hours a day, so perseverance and stamina need to be packed along with those fresh pairs of underpants and socks.

Each night, you camp on a riverside beach, but be warned – it’s very much a case of back to basics. The trip is self-sustainable, meaning that rafters transport all their food and bedding on the raft – creature comforts here come in the form of harmless critters cosying up to you as you sleep.

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White-water rafting on the Tambopata River Peru was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
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Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.