It is recommended to take the route: Orcopampa – Valle de Majes – Arequipa both going to the Valley of the Volcanoes and back to Arequipa, visiting the picturesque towns of Viraco, Tipán and Pampacolca, and visiting the Majes Valley and its various attractions.
The road passes at the foot of the great Coropuna volcano, through a pass located at 4,900 meters above sea level, to descend to the picturesque towns of Machaguay, Viraco and Tipán, which are located between 3,600 and 3,200 meters above sea level and from where there are spectacular views of the countryside.
It is advisable to make a detour of 22 km and go to the town of Pampacolca to visit the archaeological center of Maucallacta, where the most important Inca remains in the region are found.
The path, which continues downhill along an unpaved road, narrow and with many curves, passes through Ongoro, a good place for canoeing, until it reaches the Majes Valley. After leaving Aplao behind and a short detour to the town of Huancarqui, the road to Arequipa is paved.
It is recommended to spend the night in one of the hotels in the Majes Valley and visit the old wine and pisco cellars in the area and, during permitted season, savor the extraordinary shrimp from that river.
Likewise, you can visit Querulpa, where there are footprints of prehistoric animals, and continue to Toro Muerto, an important archaeological center with more than 6,000 petroglyphs.
The trip to Arequipa passes through the irrigation system of Majes and crosses the valleys of Siguas and Vítor; In the latter, depending on the time available, it is possible to enter one of the wine and pisco cellars from the colonial era.
The town of Andahua is approximately 340 km from Arequipa, a journey that takes about 7 to 8 hours in 4×4 vehicles.