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Llama Trek Cotahuasi Canyon
  ( 7 day 46nights)

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 / (D)= dinner


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 comfortable hotel.

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 Pan-American highway.
•■Round trip private 4x4 vehicle (Private ViP Service only)
■Public bus service (Backpacker Service only)
■Experienced English speaking guide
■Camping gear (4 season tents and matresses)
■All food mentioned in the program
■Llamas to carry all the camping equipment, food and backpacks
■Emergency horse in case some one needs
■Kitchen and dinning tent with camp tables and chairs (Private Vip Service only)
■Guide assistant (Private Vip Service only)
■Cooks (Private Vip Service only)
■Bottles of water on whole trek (Private Vip Service only)
■Oxygen bottle and first aid kit (Private Vip Service only)
■Satelite telephone for emergency (Private Vip Service only)
■Entrance to Toro Muerto petroglyphs and hot spring
■Trek price includes government sales tax (19% as known IGV)

No Included:
Alcoholic drinks
Breakfast on the first day
Tips for guide and camp staff 

Need to bring:
Small backpack, Hiking boots
Rain jacket or poncho (December to March)
Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
Sun block (sun protection cream), Sunglasses
Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
Swimsuit (for the hot springs at Yura)
Extra money (soles)
Cost by Person 680  US$ .  Minimum 2 people.  ----


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