Cotahuasi Trekking 3 days and 2 nights
|Departures||Daily departures at 06:00 AM|
|Group size||Minimum 2|
Maximum Altitude: 4,700masl
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
At 6:00am we pick you up at your hostel by bus heading northwest for the upcoming 3 hours until we arrive at the valley of Majes where we visit Toro Muerto. Here we spend two hours of exploring more than a hundred of carved masses of volcanic rock. Afterwards we head on to Chuquibamba where we will have lunch before heading on to reach the highest point of the trip, which is on 4,700 masl. This place provides stunning views of the surrounding snow caped mountains. Upon arrival we start our descent until reaching the colourful town of Cotahuasi. Cotahuasi is located in the midst of picturesque flora and fauna and we spend our first night in a basic hostel in the town.
After having breakfast at 7am on the second day, we are trekking to the waterfalls of Sipia where we have lunch. It is a three hour walk downhill along green valleys and we cross a hanging bridge over the Cotahuasi River. At Sipia village we have lunch while enjoying the amazing view of the deepest canyon of the world. Around 2pm we head back while taking a 5-hour trek uphill. From here our bus will take us to places such as Visbe and Taurisma and the thermal baths of Luicho. You can enjoy the thermal pools after the long hike before having dinner.
After breakfast in Luicho we head back to Arequipa where we drop you off at the Plaza de Armas.
Is the Cotahuasi Trekking hard?
For the Cotahuasi Trekking tour, there are just a few parts of hiking; the rest is all travel by means of our four wheel drive. The Cotahuasi tour is more designed to witness the nature beauty of world´s deepest canyon. Should you be interested in an adventurous trekking, we recommend doing the Colca Canyon Trekking.
Is there a possibility to camp?
Yes, we do offer a more economic version where you are able to camp two nights in the canyon.
What is the weather like in the Cotahuasi Canyon?
The Cotahuasi Canyon has a pleasant climate. You can expect warm and sunny days, with temperatures ranging from 20 °C to 25 °C. At night, temperatures drop to 14 °C. The rainy season is from December to March and temperatures drop down in these months. If you are planning to visit the Cotahuasi Canyon in these months, make sure to bring a raincoat with you.
What type of accommodation is used?
We overnight at small locally run ´hospedajes´. These are small hotels. The accommodations are basic, but are clean and comfortable.
I am vegetarian, is that a problem?
This is no problem. We can provide vegetarian food for you. Should you have special requirements for meals or you have allergies, just let us know in advance.
What languages does the guide speak?
All of our guides speak fluently Spanish and English, and some guides know the basics of German and French as well. Our guides are Peruvians and are very knowledgeable about this area. We can organize a briefing with our guides one day before you head to the Cotahuasi Canyon, so you will be able to have a chat with him/her.
Will the altitude affect me?
Along the way from Arequipa (2300 m) to Cotahuasi (2600 m), you reach the highest point of 4700 m, just below the Coropuna Volcano. After reaching the highest point, you descend to Cotahuasi town. Everyone responds different to altitude and age, health problems and athleticism do not enter in it. It is very individual and it can vary from visit to visit to the same person. Some people might suffer from some side effects of the altitude along the way to the Cotahuasi Canyon, such as a bit headache, but as you are descending to almost the same altitude of Arequipa, your body will react to that. Here are some tips to help your body acclimatize to the altitude:
What do we need to bring?