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|Summary: Cotahuasi Canyon Trekking is the deepest
canyon in the world, situated in the northern of Arequipa,
in the Union province. The Cotahuasi canyon, which extends
from the foothills of the Solimana snowcapped mountain until
the confluence of the Ocoña River, has 3535m deep in the
Marpa sector, being the deepest part of a wonderful trip
where you can enjoy revitalizing thermo medicinal waters,
white glaciers and a great variety of flora and fauna. The
canyon is full of a great variety of sceneries that increase
its beauty thanks to the vigilant presence of the
Snow-capped Coropuna and Solimana Mountains.
The weather diversity in this region has helped creating the
adequate habitats for a variegated flora and fauna. Species
such as the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), the vicuña (Vicugna)
and the millenarian natural treasures have found in the
depths of the Canyon, which added to the archaeological and
cultural attractions in the zone, collaborated on it being
declared National Tourist Reserved Zone in 1988.
|Intineray Day by Day:(B)= breakfast / (L)= lunch /
Day 1: Arequipa- Petrogliphs of Toro Muerto - Chuquibamba
Cotahuasi, 380 km in 4x4 mini-truck.
We leave Arequipa at 7 am to start the 380 km ride by 4x4
heading in the direction of the “petrogliphs of Toro Muerto,”
located in the Corire district, about 3 hours from Arequipa.
Here there are around 5 miles of engraved stones to be seen.
These engravings are dated between 700 and 800 AD, from the
time of the Wari culture.
On this tour (petrogliphs of toro muerto) here will give us
the opportunity to explore the numerous stones and rocks and
their different meanings.
Continuing on to the Valley of Majes, we will pass the many
rice cultivations and vineyards of the region, also the
village of Chuquibamba, which is known for its cheese and
avocado. Here we will have the option of visiting a little
museum dedicated to the local pre-Incan culture “Pachanas”.
After Chuquibamba we will enter an area at 4700 meters above
sea level, where there is an amazing view over snowy
Coropuna (6425m above sea level).
Just behind the lagoon of Pallarcocha is a magnificent
landscape, representative of the south Peruvian Andes. It is
important to note that snowy Coropuna is the tallest volcano
in Peru. For the old Incas it was the “apu,” the most
important holy mountain in the south of Peru.
At the end of the day we will arrive in Cotahuasi (2600m
above sea level) after about a 10 hour ride. Cotawasi is the
capital of the Union and where we will be spending the night
at a local hostal.
Day 2: Cotahuasi - Sipia – Chaupo.
This trek is mostly desert, but there is a geological
richness to be observed. The climate will be rather hot, as
the region is not high above sea level (around 2000m). We
use a donkey (to transport the drinking water and
meals).Also one horsemen.
After breakfast we will continue by truck, crossing the
Cotahuasi River over the bridges of Cuyao and Sipia.
This is where our 4 hour trek starts. We will pass the
waterfall of Sipia with its 150m cascade. It is amazing to
watch and listen to the battle roaring between water and
rocks, as the water with its erosive powers step by step
washes the rock away, creating an enormous gorge with a
depth of 3535m. Here it is worth mentioning that Colca
Canyon has a depth of 3217m, therefore Cotahuasi is 318m
After observing the falls we will go to the little village
of Chaupo. On our way there we will pass by some fantastic
countryside, including the red canyon that receives its name
from its red stone colour, called arcilla.
The temperature here oscillates between 25 - 30 degrees.
We will stop in the “oasis of Chaupo” where apples, oranges,
and grapes are grown and the local wine is produced.
You have the option of doing another 3 hour walk to the
village of Velinga, depending on your physical condition at
Day 3: Chaupo Bridge – Sipia - Andahua (visit Volcanoes
In the morning after breakfast we start our 3 hour hike to
the bridge of Sipia, where our truck will be waiting to take
us to the Valley of Volcanoes.
On this day we will be passing close by snowy Coropuna.
After a 4 hours ride we will arrive in the Valley of
Volcanoes. we visit the Mirador of the volcanoes and we do
small trek : We climb to the top of one of the small
where we will spend the night in a basic hotel. ( family
Day 4: Valley of Volcanoes– Orcopampa – Chivay Colca
On this day we go to the village of Orcopampa, then we
continue to chivay village (colca valley). Between the
volcanoes valley and colca valley We can see andean birds,
lamas,alpacas, local people. On this part of the region you
don't see any tourist. Hotel in chivay village.
Day 5: Chivay - visit of the colca valley-ColcA Canyon
(Condor Cross) –Arequipa.
We will go to Condor Cross to enjoy a glimpse of the condors
in their natural habitat, as well as a viewpoint overlooking
terraces and the colonial villages of Pinchollo, Maca, and
Yanque ( We visit the colca valley). Other viewpoints such
as Antahuilque and Mollepunku afford us views of pre-Incan
terraces and above-ground graves belonging to the Collagua
period. Lunch in Chivay (optional hot springs, “La Calera”),
before we make the return trip to Arequipa, passing by the
national reserves of Aguada Blanca and Salinas on the way,
where we’ll observe llamas, alpacas and vicuńas. We’ll also
make a stop at the 4912m high viewpoint of Los Andes.
We arrive back in Arequipa at 5 pm.
- day 2 and
one night in
one night in
Hat or cap
you from the
(for the hot
Person 495 US$ . Minimum 2 people.
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