- Duration : 4 days
- Difficulty : Normal
- Traditional Festivals : 4th of May (anniversary of Cotahuasi 2600m.o.w.l.)
- Geographic Region : Province of the Union, with the Cotahuasi village as capital
The cotahuasi canyon is 12000 feet deep and the grand canyon is 6000 feet deep. Welcome to the one of the deepest canyon in the world.
Arequipa- Petroglifos de Toro Muerto- Chuquibamba Cotahuasi, 380 km in 4x4 mini-truck
We leave Arequipa at 5 am to start the 380 km ride in our 4x4 truck, heading in the direction of “petroglifos de toro muerto” which is located in the Corire district, about 3 hours from Arequipa. This is where there are around 5 mil. of stones with engravings to be seen. These engravings are dated between 700 and 800 a.Chr. which the Wari culture is.
An excursion to this place will be done to explore the numerous stones and rocks with their different meanings.
Continuing to the Valley of Majes, we will be passing by rice cultivations and vineyards of this region. This is how we pass the village of Chuquibamba, which is known for its cheese and avocado. Here we have the option to visit a little museum of the local pre-Inca- culture “Pachanas”.
After we have passed Chuquibamba, we will enter an area of 4700m.o.w.l where there is an amazing view over the snowy Coropuna (6425m.ow.l).
Just behind the lagoon of Pallarcocha starts a magnificent landscape that is representative for the south Peruvian Andes. It is important to say that the snowy Coropuna is the highest volcano of Peru. For the old Incas, it used to be an “apu” the most important holy mountain in the south of Peru.
At the end of this day, we will arrive in Cotahuasi (2600m.o.w.l) after about a 10h ride.
Cotahuasi is the capital of the Union and this is where we will spend the night in a local hostal.
Important: Cotahuasi is a tourist destination away from the city of Arequipa.
That's why there are very few tourists.
In Cotahuasi canyon, the services are very limited and very basic : restaurants and hotels.
For example when we eat in the restaurants , we found only local people. Food is basic; you eat the same options of a local person in cotahuasi village.
The hotels-hostels do not have heating, ventilation, sometimes no hot water.
Obviously we will try to provide you the best.
Please do not wait for this tour high class hotels and gourmet food.
This tour is especially for people who do not want to see tourists on the tour, visit some of the deepest canyons in the world.
Cotahuasi trek- Sipia- Chaupo-Velinga-Quechualla
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).
After breakfast we will continue by truck, crossing the Cotahuasi River over the bridges of Cuyao and Sipia waterfall.
We will Visit 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 4120m, therefore Cotahuasi is 3535m deeper!
After observing the waterfalls we will go to by our transport we will cross the Oasi 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 we continue to by transport to Velinga village.
Before arrive to Velinga we leave the transport and we trek to Velinga village 45 mi. trek, here we take the lunch.
Then you can trek in direction to Quechualla village , we will don´t arrive to quechualla.
you can trek here , from 2-4 hours. We spend the nigh in Velinga village in tents or in local families.
The temperature here oscillates between 25 - 30 degrees.
If you don´t like to trek , you can stay in Velinga and enjoy this village.
cotahuasi trek -Chaupo - Sipia - Andahua trek (Valley Of Volcanoes)
In the morning after breakfast we start our 40.min. hike to the transport, 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 volcanoes.
where we will spend the night in a basic hotel. ( family home)
After spend a night in Cotahuasi and for if fo you was basic , spend this night in Andagua (valley of volcanoes) is really basic, Andagua village is visited by only 200 tourists every year.
Andahua- Valley Of Majes- Arequipa
On this day we will pass a region of 4700m.o.w.l. (altitude of Jalhua) to descend until 500m.o.w.l. into the valley of Majes. Yes, we will go down all this way.
On this traject we will pass the villages Machaguay, Viraco and Tagre.
A few kilometers behind Capiza, we will get into a moon like landscape, where the rivers Andamayo and Colca meet each other. The Colca river is the source of the river of Majes .
After that, we will get to the village of Querullpa where we are going to have a look at the 150 million years old trades of two legged dinosaurs. One hour walk away from this place, there are sea fossils to be found.
After this, we will head back to Arequipa.
COTAHUASI CANYON TOUR & COTAHUASI TREK : IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Day 1: 8 hours by car and two hours by foot and stop over to take photos. On This day 80% of the road is asphalted.
Day 2: 2 hours by car and 3 hours of trek. This day the road is not asphalted.
Day 3: 4 hours by car, In Cotahuasi 45 min. of trek and Andagua 2-3 hours of trek (valley of the volcanoes). On This day the road is not asphalted.
Day 4: 8 hours by car from Andagua (valley of the volcanoes) to Arequipa city, you can walk and explore landscapes and communities where there are no tourists. This day the road is not asphalted. In the route you can stop the journey to be walked and drop the legs if you want.
- Transport private car 4x4
- All transfers
- Oxygen equipment
- First-aide kit
- Entrance fee to Cotahuasi canyon
- Entrance fee to Andagua (volcanoes valley)
- Trekking into the Cotahuasi canyon
- Official guide
- All meals
- Donkey in the day 2 and 3
- Muleteer in the day 2 and 3
- Accommodation one night in cotahuasi village.
- Accommodation one night in tents in chaupo
- Accommodation in Andagua village (hostal basic)
- Tents and matras
- Cooking equipment
- Extra foods and drinks,tips
Price by person in american dollars
Departures: On request, (every day) private tour, private car, private guide, private trek, all included.
This circuit you can also add more down hill walks as there is the option of walking 2 hours down hill from the falls of Sipia (4850m.o.w.l.- 2000m.o.w.l.)
Or if you would like to practice some rafting, there is the possibility for that on the river of Majes either 25km, with a difficulty of 4 or a tourist rafting of 12km with the difficulty of 3
In this circuit it is possible to extend the trip up 5 or 6 days to be able to visit the forest of rocks (rocks with different forms that were created by strong erosions). This forest is located in the village of Pampamarca.
It is also possible to visit the ruins of Maucallacta located in Puica. You could also book more days to see the “Puyas of Raymondi” which are located between the villages Huactapa and Churca