We will pick you up from your hotel between 4:30AM and 5AM and drive 3.5 hour to the beautiful Majes Valley until reaching the cross section of Rio Andamayo and Rio Colca where we will start the tour. Here, we will eat a buffet breakfast of bread, cheese, avocado, tomato, jam, butter, tea and coffee. Before entering the water our guides will give a brief lesson on river safety and rescue, as well as explain the role of the rafting guides and the safety kayaker.
The first section of rapids is Class IV with high water and exciting drops. Next, we will stop briefly where swimming is an option. After eating a small snack along the riverside, we will run a series of intense Class III rapids. At the end of our tour, transportation will be waiting to bring everyone to a local restaurant for lunch.
After eating a delicious shrimp lunch typical of the region, we will visit the Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, an archeological zoo. All the petroglyphs are carved into large volcanic boulders concentrated in a 5 square kilometer area of desert. This dense collection of large volcanic rocks is most likely a result of violent eruptions of the Coropuna and Chachani volcanoes. More than a thousand rocks of all sizes and shapes have been crudely, yet strikingly, engraved with a wide variety of distinct representations. The engravings include images of humans, dancers, snakes, llamas, deer, parrots, sun discs and simple geometric motifs. Some of the figures appear to be dancing and others look like spacemen with large round helmets, obvious potential for Eric Von Danikens extraterrestrial musings. The petroglyphs are believed to be 1000 to 1500 years old and are largely attributed to the Hauri culture. However, there were probable additions during the subsequent Chuquibamba and Inca periods of domination in the region.
After an hour long visit to the Toro Muerto Petroglyphs, we will begin the drive back to Arequipa. You will be dropped off at your hotel between 6:30 and 7:00PM.