Cotahuasi Canyon complet excursion

THE COTAHUASI CANYON  5 DAYS EXCURSION.

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  5 DAYS
Itinerary

First day:  Arequipa – Toro Muerto – Chuquibamba town – Pallarcocha Lake – Cotahuasi town.

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 ½ hour). On this place will give us the opportunity to explore the numerous stones and rocks and their different meanings.
We keep our drive on the Valley of Majes and pass the many rice cultivations and vineyards of the region until we arrive the traditional town of ”Chuquibamba town”, famous for the good cheese and avocado and where we will have lunch at a local restaurant.
After Chuquibamba we will enter an area at 4700 meters above sea level and we will have a stops visit the ”Pallarcocha Lake”, located at the bottom of the snow-capped ”Coropuna”, (6425m above sea level).and an ideal place to observe this impressive volcano close at hand. (Time for explorer the area and enjoy the view).
It is important to note that snowy Coropuna is the tallest volcano in Peru. For the Incas it was the “Apu,” the most important holy mountain in the south of Peru.
We keep our drive towards Cotahuasi valley and before we enter to the valley we will have 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 late afternonn ( around 18:30 hrs)
Lodge.

Second day: Cotahuasi – Puyca town and remains of Maukallacta – Luicho hot springs.

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 town around midday. We will have lunch in a local place having chance to share with local people and its traditional food. After lunch, we will start our walk up to the remarkable Inca ruins of Maukallacta (3900M).
From top of the hill we will have time to explorer the area and have a nice overlook all the valley and canyon giving us unforgettable experience.
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 town

Third day:  SIPIA Waterfall – Huaynacotas village.

About 7 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 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 town.

Four day:  Pampamarca – Forest rock – Uskuni

Today we will start our day very early driving toward to the town of Pampamarca. (3 hrs of driver aprox.)
Pampamarca is a small village well-known for rugmaking and is set on a plateau at 3200 m.
Before the Sun starts to get strong we will start our trek up to the spectacular area called “the Bosque de Piedras” (Forest stone) (three hours aprox of walk). Time for explore the area and enjoy the view of the valley and the unique geographic.
After this visit we will get down in Town and have our lunch with a local family or local restaurant.
After lunch we our visit of the area visiting the the hot springs of Josla (3.5 km), or down to the 50-m waterfall of Uskuni.
Return to Cotahuasi town and overnight at lodge.

Five day:  Cotahuasi – Arequipa

At about 7:30 am we will take the road back to Arequipa city.
On route we will have some stops for pictures and lunch in a local place.

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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