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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 – Cotahuasi.
We leave Arequipa in our 4WD; after 3 hours traveling we
will arrive to the Majes Valley near to Corire, we will
visit the petrogliphys of Toro Muerto. We have a guided tour
in the area. The carvings comprise somewhat crude animal,
human, and geometric representations. Although some
estimates claim that there are 6,000 engraved stones at Toro
Muerto, after this visit we keep driving till Chuquibamba,
here we have a stop for Lunch, here the good highway is
finish and starts the dirt road, in our 4wd, we do the pass
at 4,900 m, batwing Coropuna (6424 m.) and Solimana (63OO
m). At this height, we are able to see some vicugnas, and
then we start the descend to the Cotahuasi canyon, arriving
by sunset to this beautiful town, after dinner we rest in a
Day 2: Cotahuasi – Velinga.
Walk through the deep canyon crossing hanging bridges and
narrow paths on the river shore. We will reach the Sipia
Waterfalls. From the deepest canyon, we may observe the huge
natural parts that form the deepest canyon in the world. We
may also observe the flight of condors, hike to the Catarata
de Sipia ( Sipia Falls ). On our 2 hours hike to the falls
we should encounter "campesinos" (peasants) transporting
goods on the Inca Road (which is really a trail) using
either llamas or donkeys as pack animals. Picnic Lunch at 63
m. high Sipia waterfall. After lunch we will follow the Inca
trail over the waterfall until the village of Velinga where
we will camp and enjoy the hot springs .
Day 3: Velinga – Toro.
After breakfast we hike down to the Cotahuasi river, then we
keep going down river to Quechualla village, located at 1300
meters, now we are at the deepest point of the canyon, Here
we have a rest and taste the best wine of the canyon, and
after lunch, we continue up hill to Huachuy village located
at 2,900m. belonging to Toro District, from here we have a
dramatic view of the canyon walls, rest, and dinner and
sleep in tents.
Day 4: Toro – Marpa.
After breakfast, we go down to the deepest part of this
canyon, we decent for an ancient pre Inca trail, with
impressive views of the canyon after a rest and lunch we
keep going and we cross the river by the "andarivel" real
adventure adrenaline to cross this iron cable, so we arrive
to Marpa, (here the people make wine and Pisco) then we set
the camp, dinner and sleep.
Day 5: Marpa – Yachau - Chaucalla.
After breakfast, we hike along the right wall of the
Cotahuasi canyon, the weather is changed now is warmer and
our trek is slower. We see 5 different cactus species in the
trail and then we arrive to the Oasis of Yachau located at
700 meters. We can appreciate lots of different fruit trees
and mainly grapes plantations, the wine is also very good
and the locals are very proud of it.
Day 6: Chaucalla - Camana.
After early breakfast we start hiking to Chaucalla, here we
have an unforgettable experience seing a very impressive
basalt rock formations, and when is midday we have to stop
for lunch to avoid the heat of noon and after we keep going
arriving to our next camp around 3 in the afternoon, set the
camp, little look around dinner and sleep.
Day 7: Camana – Arequipa.
After a very early breakfast to avoid the heat and save some
time to the long trek we have this last day, after 4 hours
we have lunch and keep in the hike 2 hours more and finally
we catch our 4wd vehicle, at the end of a dirt road, some
cold beers are waiting for us to celebrate the ending of
this expedition, here we will drive to the selected destiny
Nasca or Arequipa, 6 hours away in both sides of the
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