The Marañon River is considered the hydrological source of the Amazon being the river that adds the most volume to the Amazon River. Over the two trips we paddled over 500km of this river passing through stunning canyons, long flat stretches and some excellent big-volume rapids. We chose to take playboats as we had the rafts to carry all our gear and it gave us the opportunity to catch and play on some of the excellent surf waves on the way down the river.
On our first trip we were joined by a group of raft guides from White Fish, Montanna. A private group who were all connected to each other either through the rafting company of trip leader Randy (Glacier Guides) or through ski patrol or mutual friends. We had 18 days to paddle from Chagual to Montenegro and would pass through a grand canyon with big volume rapids before entering a few days of meandering flat water with stunning views before entering the jungle for the final couple of days and the takeout.
After the few warm-up days the river starts to pick up in terms of rapids and or course you are still enjoying the stunning canyon setting. The highlight of the first part is a layover camp with a fresh river coming in perfect for creating natural swimming pools and with the option of walking up to view a small community not used to seeing visitors foreign or otherwise. After about 9 days we arrive at Balsas where it is possible to leave the river and climb to a small town called Celendin where one can get a hot shower and, more importantly, buy more food and supplies for the trip.
All that was left was to pack up the boats and drive to Bagua Chica, the hottest city in Peru, where -we all went our separate ways. The group off to check out the historical site at Chachapoyas and Julio and I back to Trujillo for a bit of surfing and to prepare for the next trip. At the beach at Huanchaco we discovered traditional reed kayaks used for fishing in the surf. Potentially the world's first ever surf kayaks?