Cotahuasi Canyon 3 Days Tour

Cotahuasi Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world. With a depth of approximately 3,354 metres, It is more than twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The Cotahuasi River eroded the canyon between two mountain massifs: the Coropuna (6,425) and the Solimana (6,093).

The Cotahuasi landscape reserve is a preserved area. The landscapes have a large biodiversity including many endemic medicinal plants : muña, retama, tara, coca, jara (malva sylvestris), ruda (ruta graveolens), kiwicha, yareta (azorella compacta).

The landscapes are quite many, from the rivers at the bottom of the canyon to the cold desert areas of the summits. There are 12 different ecosystems in Cotahuasi reserve. There are also a number of Inca and pre-Inca works including the many agricultural terraces still in use today.

Overview

This classic tour to the Cotahuasi Canyon includes the visit to Sipia, an impacting waterfall with 150 meters.

Cotahuasi is the perfect place for practicing mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, trekking, fishing, horseback riding and vivencial rural tourism.

Trip Highlights

  • Toro Muerto Petroglyphs
  • Sipia Waterfall
  • Taurisma Town
  • Luicho hot springs

Itinerary

Day 1
Arequipa - Toro Muerto Petroglyphs - Chuquibamba - Cotahuasi

Pick up from the hotel at 6:30AM ande departure by private transport to our first stop, The Majes Valley, where we will visit the petroglyphs of Toro Muerto which are located in the desert. This visit will take almost 2 hours, we will watch more than 5,000 images – depicting everything from animals and human figures to abstract geometric shapes – are etched into volcanic boulders amid this dusty desert landscape.
Then we will continue the journey to Chuquibamba town (3000MASL) for having lunch.
Then we will continue the trip until arrive to 4700M, between the snow-caps of Coropuna (6450M) and Solimana (6325M). After 3 hours travelling over 4000 meters of height, we begin to descend to the canyon, until arriving at the colorful town of Cotahuasi (2600M) – If time permit short downhill hike for about 2 hours on ancient path – Cotahuasi town is surrounded by much flora and fauna. Hotel or camping at the border of Cotahuasi river (L – D).

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