Programmed Departures

  • June 2-8, 2019
  • July 7 – 13, 2019
  • October 27 – November 2, 2019

Price per person: $1550USD incl. taxes.


Rio Marañon flows throw the heart of the Peruvian Andes. It is the hydrological source of the Amazon, making it one of the most important and stunning wild rivers in Latin America.

Rio Marañon Information

It was known during Inca times as Hatun Mayo, which in Quechua means Rio Grande. Its length has been estimated at 1,800 km. Being the largest tributary of the Amazon.

It is considered the Rio Marañon, as a source of the main ones that feed the Amazon River. Being one of the most important rivers of Peru.

Its route passes through ten regions of that country, it is estimated that this number of regions are inhabited by approximately 14% of the total population of Peru.

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The Marañón River is one of the most important water sources in Peru and a key Amazon tributary. With its source at the Nevado de Yapura glacier high up in the Andes mountains, the Marañón runs northwest through Peru along the eastern base of the Andes before it turns eastwards to flow into the Amazon plains. The Marañón meets the Ucayali River and together they form the Amazon River.

The river runs through 10 distinct regions of Peru. Almost 14% of the Peruvian population lives in these regions, and they include Andean peasants, indigenous Amazon peoples, riparian populations, as well as urban communities. Hundreds of thousands of people depend on the Marañón River for their livelihood.

The Marañón is an area of unique biodiversity, with dry forests that extend along the upper river valley and its tributaries. The region is an area of high bird endemism; there are 64 rare bird species in the Marañón, with 26 of these endemics to Peru.

The Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest in Peru, is located between the Marañón and Ucayali rivers. Animal and plant life are abundant and extremely varied in the reserve. The reserve’s waters are home to gray and pink dolphins, Amazonian manatees, Giant River Otters, Black Caimans and giant South American River Turtles. Land species include Jaguars, Capuchin Monkeys and Spider Monkeys. The Black Spider Monkey, the Orange-chested Spider Monkey, the Woolly Monkey, and the Howler Monkey are all considered endangered.

Our tours are recognized by the following characteristics

Mayuc Expert guides.

Knowledge of the stunning landscape and local culture.

Small group sizes and regular departures, (minimum of 4 people required to confirm departure).

Locally sourced produce (organic wherever possible) and delicious menu.

Close relationships with local Riverside people, who we can visit along the way.

Active steward of the river and local environment


The following trip notes aim to be as accurate as possible. Due to the nature of rafting a wild river, some changes may occur on your trip.

We have allowed enough time in the itinerary to enjoy any unexpected opportunities, or to overcome any unforeseen hurdles.

Contact us if you have any queries or would like a customized journey to info@mayuc.com


Most people fly into Cajamarca (overnight bus also available). If you arrive early you can spend the afternoon sampling Cajamarca’s renowned cheese and chocolate.

We meet at 6 p.m. in the hotel lobby for a group welcome dinner and orientation.

Day 1: Getting to Marañon Canyon

After a delicious breakfast we travel over Peruvian highlands before descending Deep into the Marañon Canyon. When we reach the river, we will load up the gear, give safety briefings and begin training the crew for the rapids ahead.

Our great adventure truly starts when we pass under the bridge and plunge into the Balsas rapid (Class III), Here we can enjoy a sample of everything that awaits us the river Marañon

A short way downstream we will complete a set of rescue drills, allowing each raft crew to unite as a team and prepare for the journey ahead. As a passenger, you will be travelling in a 16’ oar assisted raft, guided by a highly trained and experienced river guide.

Day 2: Rafting facing strong winds

In the morning you can enjoy a walk to cliff-top in “Playa el Cura”, after lunch we continue downriver, encountering several class II and III rapids as we wind our way through the geological wonder that is the Marañón Canyon.

You won’t forget that you are in a remote, wild canyon, It is frequent to experience strong winds that are frequent in this stretch of our adventure.

This day we will reach the town of Mendan, where we can find coconuts, delicious seasonal fruits, Here we will be able to enjoy a walk through the town, getting to know the local people, as well as enjoying a beer or enjoying the talk of the Tourist Guides.

Day 3: Rafting + Huaman’s Waterfall + FUN

This day we will enjoy a short float full of fun, here continuous class III rapids until we reach the village of Tupén. We stop here for a traditional home cooked lunch, In the afternoon we have the option to explore the area.

This involves a hike through the fields of Tupén until we reach Huaman’s Waterfall. On the way we will take a tour of Emer’s Cacao plantation, try fresh cacao and see the first steps of where chocolate comes from. If we stay in town this evening, It is frequent that you can enjoy a football match with local children, to have a lot of fun

Day 4: Huge day of Whitewater

This day we will enjoy an exciting day of whitewater rapids, the adventure is waiting for you. We encounter a handfull of notable class III-IV rapids including “Tupén Grande”, “San Lucas”, “Playa el Inca” and “Shingate” and “Magdalena” We will also pass by the proposed Chadin II dam site, giving thanks to the local people who have worked hard to keep the source of the Amazon running beautiful and free. Our camp on this day is one of the most exciting, as we will do it on a deserted beach in the heart of Marañon Canyon.

Day 5: Adrenalin in Linlin Rapids

Today we float the deepest and most isolated part of the canyon. Keep your eyes focused on the scenery as vegetation and rock subtly changes to lush jungle. Soon we arrive at LinLin, the largest rapid we will encounter on this section of the river. After the adrenalin of LinLin, we will bounce through several more rapids before arriving at Marañon Libre Conservation Area.

In this area our camp you can relax, and enjoy one of the most stunning sunsets of the entire trip.

Day 6: “Las Cascadas”

After breakfast we explore the geological phenomenon that is “Las Cascadas”. Dozens of natural pools and waterfalls form as small creeks cascade toward the Marañón. There is nothing better than soaking in the pools while you take in the view of the Marañón flowing timelessly by.

After a delicious lunch we get back on the river and navigate through arguably one of the most scenic sections of the entire Marañón River. Red walled sandstone and lush green shrubs clinging to cliffs give an unmistakable prehistoric feel.  Tonight we camp in the heart of the Red Canyon.

Day 7: Arriving “Puerto Malleta”

After navigating the final rapids of our journey, we will arrive at Puerto Malleta for a celebratory lunch. We will then drive 2 hours to Jaén, Tonight we stay in a comfortable hotel and have a farewell dinner, debrief and take stock of this incredible journey.

Day 8:

Departures from Jaén you can fly directly back to Lima, take an overnight bus to Lima or continue traveling in the north of Peru.

Where we will do the Rafting tour?
Tour Start
End of Tour
When it is recommended to do this tour?
Our camp sites
Our specialized Peruvian and international cuisine
  • Professional guiding.
  • 7 days rafting tour in the Marañon river.
  • All meals delicious & freshly cooked by our expert cook.
  • Small selection of alcoholic beverages.
  • 8 nights tented accommodation while an river (bwin share).
  • 1-night accommodation & welcome dinner in Cajamarca.
  • Transport to and from river.
  • 1-night accommodation & farewell dinner in Jaén.
  • Safety equipment including helmet and PFD (Personal flotation device).
  • Drybags for your personal belongings.
  • Expedition first aid, medical supplies and emergency communications.
  • Flights to Cajamarca & home from Jaén
  • Personal Travel insurance
  • Personal supply of alcoholic beverages (we can help you purchase at beginning of trip).
  • Sleeping bag & deluxe sleeping pad (can be hired if needed)
  • Personal medications
  • Personal items in packing list
Where we will do the Rafting tour?

The Marañón winds its way through the Andes of Northern Peru before changing name to become the Amazon. On this journey we cover 140 river km.

This river is also one of the main tributaries of the upper Amazon River. After a journey of approximately 1,600 km, a junction is formed with the Ucayali River. The result of this is nothing more and nothing less than the Amazon River, in the department of Loreto.

Tour Start

The trip begins in Cajamarca, a 1-hour flight north of Lima. Hotel in Cajamarca + welcome dinner is included.

End of Tour

The journey ends in Jaén, hotel and farewell dinner is included in the package. From Jaén it is a 1.5-hour flight back to Lima.

When it is recommended to do this tour?

We can navigate this section of the Marañón year-round.

Most people visit late May to early November when the weather is perfect (warm, sunny, low chance of rain) and the water level is medium-low.

Some brave adventurers choose to visit in the High water season, between late November and May. There is a much higher chance of rain (almost certain) and the river can flow very high! To confirm a departure, we require at least 4 confirmed guests.

Contact us to suggest a departure date to info@mayuc.com

Our camp sites
  • Our guides know where the best beaches and campsites are, ensuring that you always have a stunning vista to enjoy your morning tea or coffee.
  • All drinking water comes from springs or side creeks and is filtered & treated.
  • Campfires most evenings; sit back enjoy the sunset and the stars.
  • Camp toilet system to ensure human waste is disposed of discreetly & sustainably.
Our specialized Peruvian and international cuisine

Our specialized menu consists of a mixture of international and traditional Delicious Peruvian recipes which will keep everyone happy, We offer specialized food for vegetarians, as well as other options for carnivores; we think of all our travelers.

Many products are sourced from nearby conservation areas, supporting protection of Peru’s forests, and giving you the best, freshest tastes!

We give special importance to fresh food, and this is obtained from local farmers., we also offer organic food in places where it is possible to get it.


In all our tour you will stay in a specialized tent. A three-person tent can be shared between two people, this will allow you enough space to rest comfortably. Tents are provided, or you are welcome to bring your own lightweight hiking tent.

Sleeping bags & mats can be brought from home, or hired for a small fee.

Peruvian Andean Culture

One thing that sets the Marañón apart from other river journeys is the Andean culture and unique exchange that happens along the river.

Villages of Tupén and Mendán are nestled alongside the Marañón, 8 hours walk from the nearest road.

The locals are friendly and happy to talk to travelers, usually you can share moments playing football or volleyball, or some other activity, this will make your experience more enjoyable, for you and the locals.

If you are lucky and depending on the date of travel you can enjoy the local festivals that are son funny and full of culture, you can contact us on what dates there will be these traditional festivals and you will take an special memories.


There are dozens of incredible places to visit in Northern Peru, best of all they are still relatively unknown. Our best tips begin with a visit to Gocta Waterfall and the ancient Chachapoyan ruins of Kuelap. Contact us to organise your extension into the ‘Kingdom of Clouds’.

Gocta Waterfall.- Although known to locals for centuries, it wasn’t until an expedition to Chachapoyas by a German explorer in 2005 prompted the measurement and documentation of the falls that Gocta was declared the third highest waterfall in the world. Its official height and rank has since been contentious, and depending on your source it varies from the world’s 3rd highest to 16th highest in the World Waterfall Database. Regardless of its status, it’s an incredibly impressive sight to take in from the different vantage points offered on this picturesque hike through the cloud forest – a highlight of any private Chachapoyas tour.

Kuelap Archaeological Complex.- At the crest of the Amazonian Andes of northern Peru, 3000 masl (9,843 fasl), is the imposing Fortress of Kuélap, built by the Chachapoyas, a pre-Inca culture that developed between 800 and 1470 A.D. By its location and construction, the complex was designed to defend against other peoples; nevertheless the Chachapoyas were conquered by the Incas.

Amidst the green mountains, visitors can view the great, 20-meter (66 feet) high stone wall that protects the city and that begrudges only three entrances, in the form of narrow, walled alleys. In the interior of Kuélap, visitors may admire up to 420 circular stone houses with zigzag and rhomboid ornaments.

From above, the green landscape shows how nature protected this site. Reaching the archaeological complex is in itself an adventure that is well worth undertaking.

PACKING CHECKLIST – At the start of the journey everyone will be provided with a 60L Drybag to store your belongings. Everything we take should be necessary for the journey, please read the packing list carefully and avoid unnecessary items due to limited space on rafts. High value or irreplaceable items, Aerosol cans, Glass Containers of any kind and/or excessive amounts of soap should be avoided.

Equipment & Personal Items to travel

  • 01 Daypack (small) or fanny pack
  • 01 Water bottle with a locking carabiner (To clip onto raft throughout the day. Carabiner must be able to lock when clipped onto raft)
  • 01 Headlamp or flashlight with batteries (rechargeable is ok)
  • 01 Sunglasses with securing strap
  • 01 Sleeping bag, liner and small travel pillow. (Sleeping bags are available for hire)
  • 01 Toiletries (natural ingredients & biodegradeable where possible)
  • 01 Small towel and washcloth
  • 01 Sunscreen and lip balm: waterproof and SPF 30 or higher (travel size)
  • 01 Moisturizer for hands and face. (travel size)
  • 01 Insect repellent (non-DEET repellent is preferable, can buy in Peru)
  • 01 Small personal first aid kit with band-aids, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen, diarrhea & anti-nausea medication,
  • 01 A spare pair of glasses or contacts if you use these (It is possible that water and sand can cause problems for people using contacts)


  • 01 Long-sleeved shirt & long pants for off river
  • 01 Long pants or shorts + leggings & long sleeve shirt for on river
  • 01 (long sleeves & pants important for sun and bug protection)
  • 01 Cap or visor that can fit under a helmet
  • 01 Medium weight fleece, sweater or jacket
  • 02 T-shirt and/or lightweight quick-dry top
  • 02 Board Shorts
  • Undergarments as many as required for the trip
  • 01 Bathing suit

Optional Items

  • 01 Lightweight Jacket, windproof and waterproof. (highly recommended if travelling in wet season November-May)!
  • 01 Tent. (Tents are provided, however feel free to bring your own lightweight shelter if you prefer.)
  • 01 Sleeping pad. (Basic foam sleeping pads are included, or Delux sleeping pad is available for hire)
  • 01 Sarong
  • 01 Bandana and Bug Net
  • 01 Camera (spare battery recommended) and/or Binoculars.
  • 01 Cash for beverages goodies on the journey and gratuities.
  • 01 Paddling gloves for sun & water protection
  • 01 Reading, writing, drawing, painting materials
  • 01 Small travel-sized game
  • 01 Small Drybag or box (10-15L to take items on raft through day)

Before you go Checklist

Have you purchased travel insurance?

Have you spoken to a doctor about necessary immunizations & travel medications?

Have you filled out the trip forms? (emergency contact details & personal details)

Have you booked your flights?


The trip occurs at tropical latitudes in semi-arid country and at moderate elevation. Average annual precipitation is about 450 mm (19 in) near Puchka and 330 mm (13 in) at Balsas. The elevation at the put-in is 6900 ft, so expect warm days and cool evenings in the initial sections (highs of 27°C/80°F and lows of 10°C/50°F are common the first days). Water is pretty cool (15-20°C) initially. After the first week of the trip, it will generally be hot (highs of 32°C/90°F and lows of 20°C/68°F generally) and the water warms up considerably (to ~23°C by the jungle).

There is almost no rain in the dry season May-Sep in the Upper Grand Canyon Amazon section, but expect some in the rainy season. On our July 2012 and June 2014 trips, we had only a few sprinkles of rain for the first 25 days. Once we entered the Jungle Pongos, we experienced rain every day or two, usually in short intense storms.

Expect daytime-biting midges (no-see-ums) in most camps, especially during the dry season when they are worst. Use DEET and/or lemon eucalyptus repellents to prevent bites, and bring light clothing to cover you legs and ankles. Mosquitos are not present at most camps but can come out at night in a few areas. They are much more common in the jungle. Other critters to beware of are spiders, scorpions, snakes, and giant centipedes.


There is a chance you get sick during an expedition. Common problems experienced are traveler’s diarrhea, bug bites, altitude sickness, colds, cracked skin, foot fungus, and skin infections. Other injuries can occur such as dislocated shoulders, broken bones, sprains and lacerations. We will have a major first aid kit with pharmaceuticals. With Mayuc, there will be at least one guide trained to administer first aid (guides have completed courses in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder – inquire about the guides on your trip to find out their level of training and most recent course completion dates). While we take precautions to minimize problems such as traveler’s diarrhea and accidents, it is generally up to the participant to keep themselves in good health. Participants should consult the CDC website for information on traveling in the destination country and visit a doctor well before the trip. Consider requesting prescriptions for acetazolamide (to prevent altitude sickness if going to high elevations), ciprofloxacin (to treat traveler’s diarrhea), and scheduling appointments to get immunizations.


we will pick up our customers from their hotel as long as they are in the city centre.

At the end of the tour, we leave our customers in a place near the Main Square, it is easier to return to your hotel walking than go by bus, because the traffic is terrible. If your hotel is far from the city centre, take extra cash to take a taxi.

The pickup and arrival times are referential, this will depend on the traffic that can be found in the streets or the delay of other customers, our assistant will arrive on time to your hotel, but sometimes the transport could be delayed a few minutes.

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