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Check out Fertur Peru Travel’s new video on kayaking and rafting in Peru

Coursing through its unique mix of jungle, mountain and coastal terrain Peru has more than a dozen rivers that are at least 600 kilometers, or 370 miles long.

It is a new frontier for kayakers and whitewater rafters.

River running opportunities start on the Cañete River near the coast to the south of Lima, The Apurímac and Urubamba rivers in the Cusco region offer multi-day trips featuring class four and five rapids. The Colca Canyon near Arequipa is attracting river runners from all over the planet, and a trip down one of the deepest canyons in the world can take more than a week.

Lovers of the sport are constantly opening new river journeys for kayaks and rafts, even on rivers in close proximity to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley near Cusco.

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Authored by: Rick Vecchio

Rick Vecchio, Fertur’s director of development and marketing, was educated at the New School for Social Research and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for Pacifica Radio WBAI and as a daily reporter for newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Then in 1996, he decided it was time to realize a life-long dream of traveling to Peru. He never went back. While serving as Peru country manager for the South American Explorers from 1997-1999, he fell in love with Fertur's founder, Siduith Ferrer, and they married. Over the next six years, he worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Siduith built the business, which he joined in January 2007. Now he designs custom educational and adventure tour packages for corporate and institutional clients, oversees Fertur’s Internet platform and occasionally leads special trips, always with an eye open for a good story to write about.

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