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Old 11-30-2010   #11
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So stoked for all of you that have made it down there. Sounds and looks unreal.

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Old 12-01-2010   #12
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Originally Posted by Kirk View Post
To me, looks like the following are in contention:

Apurimac Abysmo

If you were going to go down there to run the hardest and most classic, what would it be? The Abysmo sounds like the sickest thing down there other than the Maran, but the logistics sound dreadful. Is it really possible to fly from the takeout of the Huallaga in Huananco right back to Lima? Whats it like getting from Lima to the put in?

Ive seen Kurt Casey's site, just wondering since you guys apparently just got back from doing alot of the classics.

Oh yeah, what about the Urubamba?

All the classic river runs in Peru are equally mind-blowing their own way. I would make a point to do them all while you are there. Be aware that the Urubamba is illegal below Kilometer 82. We were threatened to be kicked out of the country by the Machu Pichu Park officials in Aguas Calientes. They seem to have the exact same stance as Yellowstone National Park on kayaking. Luckily our Peruvian buddy Santiago cooled the lady's jets and she let us catch the train back to Cusco. The Abysmo definitely holds a special place in my heart. This year we found logistics to be incrediby easy as now there is a bus everyday out of Pasaje to Anduylas at 8am. We caught it twice- Abysmo & Pachachca

The Huallaga is every bit as clasic as the rest of the runs in Peru, aside from the water being puro caca. Its easy to catch a flight from Lima to Huanuco and vise Versa. Domestic flights are boat friendly though it'll cost you $100. Its worth it though because now there is a law in Lima that nothing can be tied untop of the car! So avoid going into Lima with your kayak at all costs. Hope this helps

Thanks everybody for the kind words, I am still dreaming of those canyons down there, can't wait to get back
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Old 12-02-2010   #13
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Congrats guys, more from Matt as interviewed by C and K in the below link.

Running The 'Last Great Unknown Canyon In Peru' - Canoe & Kayak Magazine | Canoe & Kayak Magazine



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