We were picked up at 8 by Santiago and 3 others for a days white water rafting. We were looked after so well as the 4 of them were just looking after us. Santiago led the expedition and was to steer our raft plus a kayaker for safety/rescue, a driver and a cook to prepare food for when we finished.
It was about a 2 hour drive to get to our starting spot and then they set Bout inflating our boat and getting things ready. We even had our own changing tent! We wore swimming costumes and were then provided with thermal tops, wetsuits, wet shoes, splash tops, gloves and helmets so we were fully kitted out.
We put the boat in the water with Tilly and joe at the front, jane and I in the middle and Santiago steering at the back. First we learnt how to get back in the boat if we well out which involved Joe and I getting wet but it was fun. Then it was off for the Rapids. The first couple sets were pretty tame and we knew the water level was low at this time of year so we admitted to each other later that we thought at this stage it might be a disappointing day. How wrong we were! There were some fantastic sections that I can't describe in words but the water was fast in the canyon and we had loads of fun. We stopped for chocolate and fruit to get some energy back and then it was time for some cliff jumping (well ok, it was a big rock).
The first to go was Joe and then I hear this voice say "I'm going next" to which I replied "who's this woman and where's my wife!" I don't know anyone who's more afraid of heights but up jane clambered and jumped from the top of this 15ft rock! I was next and then lastly Tilly who really doesn't like water unless it's in a chlorinated swimming pool. But after her mother had done it how could she not?
After about 2 hours in the water, which was more than enough in 6 degree water, we got to our finishing place and the crew had set up the van with a covered seating area, kitchen and even a toilet tent! We had a lovely leisurely cooked meal of beef, chicken, salads and soft drinks.
Another drive and we were back in Cusco.