The Cañete River, south of the city of Lima, is without a doubt a rafting favorite amongst Lima enthusiasts. The stretch that can be paddled, near the pleasant fruit-growing region of Lunahuaná, 160 km southeast of Lima, features Class II-IV rapids. The rafting season runs from October to April.
The Tumbes River, which flows through the Tumbes department, is the fastest-flowing river along the Peruvian coast. The stretch chosen for rafting, between the communities of Figueroa and Rica Playa, includes Class II-IV rapids along a two-three day journey through the scenic dry forests of the Tumbes Reserved Zone, which teem with alligators, river otters and iguana lizards. The rafting season runs from May to October.
- Hire the services of companies with experience in rafting.
- Obey the instructions of the guides and boat captains and always demand security gear (helmet and lifevest).
- Do not insist on rafting in areas that are excessively difficult or unknown, as this can cause serious accidents.
On the coast:
- Visitors should bring plenty of water and sunscreen
In the highlands:
- Sunscreen is recommended, plus warm clothing. High altitude sickness known locally as soroche can set in at over 2,500 masl. Take precautions by resting the first day, drink plenty of liquids and avoid heavy food and alcohol.
In the jungle:
- Never travel without insect repellent, a raincoat and sunscreen. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended to ward off insect bites. A yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. There are also vaccinations for malaria, tetanus and Hepatitis A and B, as well as local treatment for leishmaniasis (uta) and malaria.