GUIDED TOUR TO COTAHUASI CANYON $589 USD Per Person

Classical Van Trip 3 Days - 2 Nights

Summary Of Cotahuasi Canyon Trek is the deepest canyon in the world, situated in the northern of Arequipa, in the Union province. The Cotahuasi canyon, which extends from the foothills of the Solimana snowcapped mountain until the confluence of the Ocoña River, has 3535m deep in the Marpa sector, being the deepest part of a wonderful trip where you can enjoy revitalizing thermo medicinal waters, white glaciers and a great variety of flora and fauna. The canyon is full of a great variety of sceneries that increase its beauty thanks to the vigilant presence of the Snow-capped Coropuna and Solimana Mountains.
The weather diversity in this region has helped creating the adequate habitats for a variegated flora and fauna. Species such as the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), the vicuña (Vicugna) and the millenarian natural treasures have found in the depths of the Canyon, which added to the archaeological and cultural attractions in the zone, collaborated on it being declared National Tourist Reserved Zone in 1988.
PERU ADVENTURE TOURS offer the experience of enjoying the wonders Coatahuasi canyon has, trekking along dazzling settings, crossing two hanging bridges that cross over the Cotahuasi River. The Cascade of Sipia is an impacting waterfall 150 metres high. Thanks to it you will be able to appreciate the power of the River and the depth of the Canyon. The water drops jumping everywhere form a constant rainbow that fills the place with magic colours. The place is ideal for the practice of mountain biking, canoeing, rafting, rock scaling, trekking, fishing, horseback riding, etc.
Cotahuasi Village - La Union - Arequipa Peru

COTAHUASI CANYON TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1: AREQUIPA - TORO MUERTO PETROGLIPHYS - CHUQUIBAMBA - COTAHUASI

At 6am we leave from Arequipa in our private 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser going northwest; after 3 hours travelling we will arrive at the agricultural valley of Majes (600m) where we will visit the petrogliphys of Toro Muerto, located in the desert walls of this canyon. We will have 2 hours to locate more than a hundred of carved masses of volcanic rock with human, animals and plant figures, that were work by the old civilizations of Peru over 1200 years ago. We will also visit the pre-Inca cemetery of Cochate.
At 1pm arrival to the agricultural town of Chuquibamba, located over 3000 meters where we will be able to have lunch. Continuing with the 4x4 off road we will get the highest part of all the trip, 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). The town is surrounded by much flora and fauna. Hotel or camping at the border of Cotahuasi river (L - D).
Cotahuasi Valley - Arequipa Peru

DAY 2: SIPIA WATERFALL - VISBE - TAURISMA - LUICHO

At 7am after breakfast in the hostel, we prepare for the trek to the waterfalls of Sipia. We take a picnic lunch and walk 3 hours downhill to the falls, hiking along green valleys (Piro - Toro) on the both side of the river, crossing hanging bridge on the Cotahuasi River, we will arrive to Sipia village, after 15 minutes more hiking we will be where the Cotahuasi River with its water volume fall from a height of 150m, giving origin to a permanent rainbow that form in steam clouds. Picnic there getting nice view fo the deepest part of this canyon.
At 2pm we begin the return, taking 5 hours to climb back uphill. There is also the option to do the whole trip on horseback. Returning to our 4WD vehicle and travel up hill exploring Visbe and Taurisma, we will arrive to Alca (2900m) and very near we get to the thermal baths of Luicho, enjoy the swiming pools and stay in hotel or camping. Overnight (B - L - D).

DAY 3: RETURN TO AREQUIPA

We will get ready to one hour opportune for the return to Arequipa, not without before happening same stops in the way back. After 8 - 9 hours arrival to Arequipa, transfer to your hotel and end of service (L - D).

COTAHUASI CANYON TOUR INCLUDES

  1. Official Englisg-speaking guide
  2. Private 4WD vehicle whole trip (Private Service only)
  3. Round trip public bus ticket (Backpacker Service only)
  4. 2 nights camping (Private Service only)
  5. Local accommodation - basic room with shared bath (Backpacker Service only)
  6. 3 breakfasts - 3 lunches - 2 dinners
  7. Camping gear (four season tents - sleeping pads)
  8. Entrance to Toro Muerto petroglyhp and hot spring of Luicho
  9. Oxygen and first aid kit for all participants and our camp staff (Private Service only)
  10. Food and accommodation for our camp staff

RECOMMENDATION
If this is your first time going to the Andes or High Mountains we recommend getting information about the ALTITUDE SICKNESS, see below some websites recommend by High Mountain doctors and scientists from over the world.
ISMM – International Society For Mountain Medicine
MEDEX – Medical Expeditions


TOUR SCHEDULE & COST 2012
DATE TOUR COST
Only in dry season between March to December GUIDED TOUR TO COTAHUASI CANYON $589 USD Per Person

Classical Van Trip 3 Days - 2 Nights
Backpacker Service (public bus)
1 to more participants $288 USD each

Private Service (private van/guide)
2 participants $589 USD each
3-4 paticipants $525 USD each
5 to more participants $480 USD each

Discount: $5 USD of discounr for South American Explorers Club Members
Discount 3%: Tour Operators or Travel Agencies Only
Students: $5 USD of discount only with valid green ISIC card

Organized Groups: We offer private service and departure any time
Group size: 6 participants per guide - We need minimum 2 participants for this tour
BOOK HERE: We highly recommended to book space prior you arrive to Peru

NOT INCLUDE

  1. Soft and alcoholics drinks
  2. Hotel in Arequipa
  3. Not mentioned food or snack
  4. Tips for guide and camp staff

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING/CARRY

  1. Backpack 40lt
  2. Rain jacket or poncho (December -April)
  3. Strong comfortable and waterproof footwear
  4. One complete change of clothing
  5. Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  6. Bottle of water and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Arequipa/Peru)
  7. Flashlight and batteries
  8. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  9. Sun block (sun protection cream)
  10. Insect repellent
  11. Toiletries, towel and toilet paper
  12. Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc
  13. Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Swimsuit for hot springs of Luicho
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