If you can’t choose which adventure to go on, why don’t you just take it all?! This tour combines rafting, “bridge jumping”, biking, camping, hiking, and swimming in 2 days of pure fun, in a familial atmosphere and off the beaten path.
The Apurimac River “talking god” is considered 1 of the top 3 rivers in the world for rafting. This classification stems from the good conditions of the river to realize this sport; it has a good climate and strong but safe rapids (depending on the time of the year). In addition, a relaxing thermal pool and idyllic beach at the campsite on the bank of the river are waiting for you.
Note: If you come from Cusco (recommended departure is 8 am) you will drive for about 2:15 hours through amazing scenery until we reach our starting point where we prepare for the first part of our adventure.
‘Bridge jumping’ is the activity in which a person jumps off a high bridge with a rope attached to the structure. When the person jumps, he or she balances above the water. Although it might sound scary, it is a very safe and fun experience.
After everyone who wished to jump finished, we prepare for our rafting trip. It begins with our guides handing out the equipment and giving a safety talk. The boats will be accompanied by a kayak to guarantee maximum security.
We paddle for about 2 hours through rapids level I – III, until we arrive at our private campsite with a thermal pool, where lunch awaits us!
Our campsite is located along the river bank of the famous Apurimac and surrounded by a beach, beautiful carob trees, banana plants and cacti. The odorless water of the thermal pool is said to cure arthritis, muscle aches, rheumatism, and other disorders, but mostly it is just nice to relax!
We will spend the night in tents on our private beach, next to the river. Here, we will enjoy a delicious barbecue and a campfire with marshmallows. Extra cocktails and snacks can be prepared on demand (but are not included in the price).
Today, after a rich breakfast with fruits from our garden, we will go biking to appreciate the amazing nature and beautiful views.
‘Downhill mountain biking’ starts up on a mountain and follows the trail down. It is considered an extreme sport with jumps, steep fast turns and high speeds.
However, at Casa Lena, next to the fast tracks, we also offer an easy or moderate version for beginners, that is not as steep and not dangerous.
We drive 1 hour up the mountain in our famous “buggy”. On the way we can enjoy magnificent views of the mountains as well as a panoramic view over Curahuasi, until we arrive at the lake, near the small settlement of Ccocha, at an altitude of 3800m.
Once we arrive, you can relish a scenic walk around the lake with magnificent views into the next valley. The local people live very modestly and spend their days taking care of their animals and fields. If lucky, you might even catch a condor flying around.
After the walk, we have lunch and then start biking down. It will take us between 2,5 and 4 hours and our buggy will accompany us the whole way down. If some want to cycle and some want to continue the trip in the buggy, this is possible at any time during the trip.
The trip takes you down from around 3.800 meters to around 1.500 meters above sea level. This offers you a beautiful transition in scenery, going from highland meadows to the transition zone of the Peruvian jungle.
In the afternoon we relax again at our pool and you can make your way to your next destination at around 3 – 4 pm.
When you come to Casa LENA, it is hard to ignore the adorable children and toddlers of the educational project of NGO Oye LENA. If you want, you can stay longer in our B&B and help the local teachers and foreign volunteers during classes and playtime. If this is your wish, please make an enquiry.
We can adjust the level of difficulty on demand, from beginner to expert.
You can choose what you’d like to do and where you prefer to pass. But all activities can be managed to fit your demand as some prefer easy to moderate versions.
While cycling, the little ones can stay in the buggy, with or without being accompanied by one of you. The driver and buggy constantly stay just behind the group of cyclists.
During rafting, the little ones can sit in the middle of the boat – like everyone else – with a life jacket. The guide can control the boat so that it will not flip.
At the most, you will be part of a group of up to 12 people.
There will be no extra fees. The only additional expenses could come from requesting services that are not included in the package price.
The highest point is 3.800 masl or 12467 feet. You will go to this altitude at the start of the downhill MTB activity. Also, if you come from or go back to Cusco, there is a point on the way that reaches that elevation.
In Curahuasi, you can expect sunny days with clear skies almost all year. It does cool off in the evening, but in Cconoc, where our campsite is located, it remains pleasant even at night, so you don’t have to worry about a cold night like in Cusco or other high places in Peru.
It usually rains only during the rainy season from December through March, and mostly in the evening and at night, rarely during the day.
But for general tips about how to get ready for the Andean weather can be found in our blog:
It depends from day to day, but it can be a lot. Make sure you’re on the safe side by always wearing long clothes. In the swimming pool the mosquitos won’t bother you.
Of course, just let us know in advance so we can prepare for it. We always make an effort for giving decent food and not just “fix” the usual menu.
Stefanie studied to become a primary school teacher at the Erasmus University College in Jette, Belgium. She has been teaching since January 2007, mainly in special primary education for children with speech and language problems and children with autistic spectrum disorder. Stefanie combined work and study in 2009 and obtained an additional Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. After a couple of years working in Belgium, she decided to go and teach abroad. Also, she followed a postgraduate course on North-South Relations and Development Cooperation in Kortrijk.
Afterwards, she went to Peru to work in an educational project in Cuzco, which is where she met her husband, Gilder. Following him back to his roots, she discovered the town of Curahuasi, south of Machu Picchu, where she founded the educational project Oye LENA and co-founded the travel agency Casa Lena with Gilder. Together they have two children: Sofia and Elliot.
Gilder was born and raised in Cconoc, a small place located on the Apurimac River banks about 30 minutes away from Curahuasi and known for its natural thermal baths. Growing up along the grand Apurimac, Gilder and his cousins Victor and Cesar fell in love with the river. When they were 16 years old, they had to stand on their own feet and decided to train to become certified raft guides in Cuzco. Since that day they have worked together as raft guides for almost 10 years, becoming the best team in the country.
They became members of the “Peruvian Class V Rafting Guides Association” and followed many courses in first aid and White-Water Rescue by both national and international entities. During this time, they also spent many seasons working in Norway, Chile and Argentina. In 2013, Victor and Gilder moved back to their hometown Curahuasi to settle down after many adventurous years. Gilder dedicates all his time to the projects Oye LENA and Casa Lena, offering many outdoor activities to tourists. When Victor is not working at Casa Lena, he guides for other agencies in Cuzco and runs a small company organizing events together with Stefanie.