Rivers in Peru that
I havn't run yet.
You can get further information on these
runs from the South American Explorers
Club in Lima, membership is highly reccomended.
by two yanks about fifteen years ago,
it took them three weeks. Steve Wetman,
a Brit kayaker, ran this solo in three
days back in '95 and reported that it
was harder than the Acobamba abyss.
Probably grade 5/6.
A long but
beautiful river, dropping into the rainforest.
It is commercially run by a few rafting
company's in Cusco. Grade 4.
The Acobamba Abyss
hard paddle from Puente Cunyac to the
Cachora trolley bridge, then a six hour
walk to the road back to Cusco. First
run by a husband and wife about twenty
years ago; he survived, she didn't.
Grade 5/6. Local kayaker Dulio Vellutino
says, you "simply cannot swim in
to Canco and then the usual run down
to Hacienda Peru. According to Dulio
this hasn't been run since the Poles
did it in 1981. It took them three weeks,
it should take the modern paddler about
along from the Colca and a contender
for the title "the deepest gorge
on earth". Reputedly about nine
days long with a massive portage in
the middle. Grade 5 (may be harder).
from Lima and apparently a cracking
good paddle. Grade 3.
The Santa Maria
of the Urabamba that drops in from the
right near Quillabamba. Very steep and
described by one bloke who's paddled
it as 'death defying'. Grade 5, easing
off to a Grade 4 after a while.
The Machu Pichu
On the Urabamba.
Little known, rarely paddled. First
run by a team including American John
Foss. Probably grade 5.
I had some
notes from the S.A.E.C. about an early
run down this major tributary of the
Amazon. It sounded gnarly.
There are loads
of possible firsts for boaters in an
exploratary frame of mind, including
plenty of creeks towards the end of
the rainy season, there's possibly a
major trib of the Apurimac and also
other possibles up in Huaraz, where
all the crag rats hang out.
/ Benjamin Muniz
Procadures 50, Plaza de Armas
Tel/Fax 084 233451