PERU
April & May, 2005
RAFTING ON THE RIO URUBAMBA, PERU
April 30, 2005

Rafting is always a great time, but after being spoiled in Oregon, and Colorado, we weren't sure what to expect in Peru.  Turns out, the Urubamba is awesome.

We only took a one day trip from Cusco, but it was excellent.  We took the upper river route which was a 2 1/2 hour collection of class 3 and 4 rapids, which seemed like they might have been bordering on 5s in parts. 

The route covered several wide open stretches, as well as quite a few narrow canyons, with tons of huge rocks sticking out above the water.  Our guide was very good, and probably would have been even better if two particular passengers in our 6 person boat weren't a little timid about really flying down the river.  In any event, it was still a lot of fun.

The only small problem was that by the end of the trip we were all pretty much frozen solid.  Luckily, the tour operators had a cure, the camp where we were eating lunch had a wet sauna.  Saunas are always incredible in our opinion, however, they are divine when you almost have frostbite.  It was pretty funny seeing 20 people packed into this little sauna trying to scald themselves directly on the iron to warm up.  It was all very nice, but then we had to get out, and without towels to dry off.  That sucked.  It took a lot of layers, and gorging ourselves with food to get warm once again.  Still had a great time though, and the food was really good.  The whole bus ride home was a big nap as well, so that was the perfect ending to the day. 

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