21.01.2009 - 21.01.2009 20 °C
Finally we got our asses in gear and organised rafting. We went with Susan and Chippy to a river that runs by Macchu Picchu but whose name escapes us, minor detail!!. Together with Chippy we formed the left side of the raft. Susan opted for another boat! Martin took the lead, Chippy in the middle and Karolina was the powerhouse at the back.
It was brilliant fun. The rapids reached a class of 4 plus (we were told). Although it was really exciting at no stage did we feel really at risk but then again, we were not in Chippy´s wet suit. At the toughest stage we hit a few tough rapids and lost a man overboard. That man was Chippy! At the same time Martin was left horizontal with the water hanging over board meaning only Karolina was left paddling. Martins only grip was his foot in a foot holder. Eventually he regained his hold in the boat and managed to save Chippy´s paddle....they are really expensive you know as they do not have factories in Peru to make them!! Chippy was left hanging on to the boat until finally and heroically he was pulled on board by his Austrailian rafting partner!!
Here are a few pics. It was a great experience and I would recommend it. Next time we try it will be in New Zealand....