Amazon SUP Challenge


We just got wind of a new ultra longdistance SUP Challenge. Thomas Schillig, a longtime Yukon paddler, Swiss SUP inventor and Stand Up Magazin contributor is currently in the region as part of a team to scope out the details in the region.

The race is officially on from May 5th – 12th 2024. Starting in Pillcopata a tiny town with rich on the foot hills of the Andes with rich Inca traditions and  is the entry point to the Manu National Park .

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From there the race course follows the Amazon river all the way to the next larger town: Puerto Maldonado. The course will be a 300km of pure wilderness as you battle harsh conditions, strong currents & local wildlife. You will also have time to meet the communities along the route.

Entry to the SUP Challenge in by invitation only – All participants must have a proven level of skill & experience on the river. Registration for this event requires a £500 deposit with the full balance due 60 days before departure.

For questions on registration, get in touch at

Deadline to register / apply is March 1st 2024

Included in the registration fee:

  • Buffet dinner at Base Camp and Finish Line
  • All meals during the challenge including daily ration packs
  • Comprehensive Safety equipment
  • Satellite tracker
  • Essential camping gear
  • Support vessels & crew
  • Camp logistics
  • Base Camp Training
  • Lodging at Finish Line
  • Transfer from Cusco to Pillcopata
  • Transfer from Los Amigos to Puerto Maldonado
  • Amazon Canoe Challenge welcome pack

Not included

  • International flights
  • Lima – Cusco transfer
  • Onwards travel from Puerto Maldonado
  • Visas as required
  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Recommended gear list
  • Personal costs
  • Your Board & Paddle

Each team must bring their own board & paddle and personal camping equipment. We provide buoyancy aids but if you have your own kit you are welcome to bring it too. The full equipment list will be released soon.


Departure point: Pillcopata, Peru

The closest airport is Cusco – Domestic flights are available from Lima (1 hour, approx. $40 – $80 USD).

Your registration fee includes transfer from Cusco to our starting point in Pillcopata. You will need to be in Cusco for our transfer at 08:00 from the city centre.

Finish: Los Amigos – Close to Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado has an airport with domestic flights and overnight busses to return to Cusco. Flight prices are approximately $50 – 80 USD and take around an hour.

*Please keep in mind that prices are approximate and that we always recommend allowing additional time to connect with international flights. We ask all participants to consider travel by bus to reduce our environmental impact.