Cotahuasi Canyon short excursion.

THE COTAHUASI CANYON 3D/2N

The Cotahuasi canyon is located in La Unión province, one of the remote provinces in the Arequipa region and with a depth of 3,535 meters is considered deeper then the Colca Canyon, however not as deep as some canyons in the Himalayas. The canyon itself is an impressive gorge carved by the river passing between two enormous volcanos: Coropuna (6425m) and Solimana (6093m). The Cotahuasi River, starts from the Huanzococha lagoon at more than 4,750 m. and later it receives the contributions of the Huayllapaña River in the district of Pampamarca to the north, and the Huarcaya River, near Tomepampa, from the west, traversing the whole canyon to later be united with the Maran River and eventually form the Ocoña River which flows all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

In Cotahuasi, which in Quechua means The Deep House, we will find many tourist attractions for every taste and interest, such as; Sipia, a magnificent waterfall, 150 meters high, Huaynacota terraces, a bunch of traditional towns, several snow-capped mountains, a couple of hanging bridges, ancient traditions and costumes, natural hot springs, Pre-Hispanic and historical ruins, the unique flora of Ayahuasi and Cahuana, amongst others.

To visit the Cotahuasi Valley we have to pass through Cotahuasi town (the capital of the province) that is located 375 kilometres northeast of Arequipa City.

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Itinerary

First day: Corire & Aplao – Toro muerto – Pallarcocha lake – View of Coropuna mountain – Cotahuasi town

Depart early in the morning (5 a.m.). Today on our journey we will pass through Corire and Aplao Valleys, where we will find a suitable place to have our breakfast (about 7:30 a.m.). During the drive we will visit the famous petroglyphs of ”Toro Muerto”, located in the Majes Valley, where we find about 3000 volcanic rocks with drawings dating back to the Huari Culture, (Our visit takes approx. 1 hour). We carry on until we arrive at ”Chuquibamba town”, a traditional place where we will have lunch at a local restaurant. We hit the road again, enjoying the beautiful landscape of the ”Puna” (highland) and the diverse geographical areas. On the way, we stop to visit ”Pallarcocha Lake”, located at the bottom of the snow-capped ”Coropuna”, and an ideal place to observe this impressive volcano close at hand.

Arrive at the natural viewpoint of ”Allahuay” where we will have an incredible view of the Cotahuasi Valley. We arrive at Cotahuasi town about 6 p.m. Dinner and lodge.

Second day: Sipia Waterfall – Tomepampa town – Alca town.

Breakfast early in the morning. About 6:00 am. we’ll start the visit to the Sipia Waterfall. On the route we will have a short hike, crossing hanging bridges, enjoying the landscape with its unique flora and fauna and taking a look at the walls of the canyon. Return to Cotahuasi Town. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit the towns of Tomepampa and Alca, well known for their ruins, traditions and customs. After the visit we will have an enjoyable swim in the ”Luicho” Hot Springs, then return to Cotahuasi town. Dinner at a local restaurant. Lodge.

Third day: Drive from Cotahuasi to Arequipa city.

6:00 a.m. Breakfast. We will take the road back to Arequipa City and arrive at about 6 p.m.
Transfer to your hotel.

End of our excursion.

¡More than a trip, we create unforgettable experiences!

The program includes:
  • Tourist transportation
  • Guide
  • Accommodation in hotel
  • Meals on the route.

 

¡More than a trip, we create unforgettable experiences!

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