Peru - Headwaters of the Amazon Rafting
2017 Rates 2-3 4-8 9 or more
9 days, 8 nights $2022 $1910 $1797
Any day departures April to late November
All rates are per person, in US dollars and subject to change at any time.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time and for any reason


Tambopata Candamo
Natural Reserve

The Headwaters of the Amazon is an exciting jungle expedition in the tropical rain forest of Tambopata Candamo Natural Reserve. This Upper Amazon reserve is near the Bolivian and Brazilian border on the edge of the Amazon basin in one of the most remote areas of Peru. Our expedition starts in the town of Juliaca on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 15,480 feet. A vehicle will take us across the altiplano down to high tropical rain forest and to the end of the road, where we put-in. 

"This trip has all the ingredients of an epic and unforgettable journey. 

We will board our rafts and use the river as a highway into the jungle. From this point we leave behind the last sights of pioneer farmers and gold pan settlers; to enter the magic and mysterious world of the tropical rain forest. This provides the habitat for a diverse species of plants and animals, including 8 species of macaws, 13 species of monkeys, 530 species of birds, ocelot, jaguar, capybara, tapir, caiman, giant river otters, and many more.

We'll be floating for 6 days, running Class III and IV rapids. Later, we arrive at the world renowned Macaw lick (see National Geographic; January 1994) where we will spend the night , allowing us to see these magnificent birds at dawn. Then we take a motorized dug-out canoe to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado; where we spend the night and end our journey.


DAY 1: Juliaca: Reception at Juliaca, we board the truck that will be taking us across the altiplano and through a 15,000Ž pass and down to the jungle, until we arrive at our put-in on the edge of the Amazon basin. (B+L+D).

DAY 2+3: Rio Tambopata: As we leave the last traces of civilization, we enter pristine rain forest using the river as a highway and float down camping on sandy beaches along the way where we will have a chance to encounter wild life. (B+L+D).

DAY 4+5+6+7+8: Rio Tambopata: Surrounded by lush vegetation , weŽll run class III and IV rapids and there is a good chances of running into monkeys, capybaras, tapirs and giant river otters among other animals . Our journey will take us through to the macaw lick where we spend the night camping on the river shore. At the crack of dawn we will see a rowdy crowd of macaws with their variegated brilliance spattering the clay riverbank. Later a dug-out motor canoe will meet us at the CANDAMO river to take us to the frontier town of Puerto Maldonado, to spend the night in a hotel. Here our services will end. (B+L).

DAY 9: Cusco: Early morning flight from Puerto Maldonado back to Cusco. At this point you can take an optional trip in Cusco and/or Machu Picchu.
  • Transportation to and from the river
  • Professional class V guides
  • State of the art self bailing rafts
  • All the meals while at the river
  • Water proof-bags for personal luggage
  • Safety conscious techniques and procedures
  • Wetsuit and spray jacket
  • Double occupancy tents
  • International or local flights 
  • Meals while in cities
  • Additional transfers, tours or meals in the cities 
  • Laundry, liquor, tips
  • Personal Items
  • Items not mentioned
  • Light tennis shoes or sandals for the river
  • Sweat shirt and sweat pants for the camp
  • Cap or hat for the sun
  • Flash light with spare batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Short pants to wear on top of the wet suit and bathing suit
  • A friendly and positive mental attitude



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