Cotahuasi canyon Classic 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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THE COTAHUASI CANYON  4 DAYS
Itinerary

First day: Corire – Aplao – Toro Muerto – View of Coropuna mountain and lake Pallacorcha

Depart early in the morning (5 am). Today on our journey we will pass through Corire and Aplao Valleys, where we will find a suitable place to have our breakfast at about 7:30 am. 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 there takes about 1 hour). We carry on until we arrive at ”Chuquibamba town”, a traditional place where we can have lunch at a local restaurant.
We hit the road again, enjoying the beautiful landscape of the ”Puna” highland and 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.
After a short stop at the natural viewpoint of ”Allahuay” offering an incredible view over the Cotahuasi valley we arrive at our lodge in the town of Cotahuasi at about 6 pm.

Second day: Puyca town – Tomepampa and Alca – Maukallacta ruins – Hot spring in Luicho

Today we’ll have a full day excursion toward Puyca town (3560 m), enjoying the area with its wild surroundings and deep gorges. On the route we will visit also the traditional towns of Tomepampa and Alca, arriving at Puyca around midday.
After lunch at a local place in town, we will walk up to the remarkable Inca ruins of Maukallacta having an impressive view of the area. On the way back to Cotahuasi town we’ll visit the thermal baths of Luicho with the possibility of a relaxing bath in its 35 degree water (Celsius ).
Overnight at our lodge in Cotahuasi.

Third day: Sipia Waterfall – Village of Huaynacota

About 6 am we’ll start our visit to the Sipia waterfall. The 150m high cataract is an impressive natural spectacle which is located at the lower and warmer regions of Cotahuasi. On the route to Sipia 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.
In the afternoon, after returning to Cotahuasi and having a short rest we will drive to the village Huaynacotas (2700 m), whose inhabitants still live deeply rooted in ancient customs and traditions. Return and overnight in Cotahuasi.

Four day:  Cotahuasi town – Arequipa city.

At about 7:30 am we will take the road back to Arequipa. On route we will have some stops for pictures and lunch. Our tour ends in the city at about 6 pm.

End of our excursion.

 

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The program includes:
  • Transport
  • English/Spanish guide
  • Accommodation (regular basic with bathroom and water)
The program does not include:

• Meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner),  entrances fees, beverages and other extras.

 

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