Cotahuasi Trekking 5 days and 4 nights
|Departures||Daily departures at 05:00 AM|
|Group size||Minimum 2|
|Altitudes||Arequipa: 2300 m
Chuquibamba: 2900 m
Cotahuasi: 2600 m
Highest point on route: 4700 m
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
Today your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Arequipa at 05:00 AM to drive you to Chuquibamba. Your four wheel drive will take you to the Aplao Valley, where you will have a delicious breakfast. We continue our travels to Chuquibamba and along the way you enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the Majes Valley. We make a stop at the famous Toro Muerto, a collection of ancient petro glyphs in the Peruvian desert. We have also time to visit the Huellas de Dinosaurios and the Perfil de Christo. We pass the traditional villages of Corire and Aplao and after a delicious Peruvian lunch, we visit the Castilla Castle. After the visit, we head to our final destination for today, Chuquibamba, and we spend the first night in a hotel.
Today in the morning at 7 AM we continue our travels to Cotahuasi. Along the way, we pass the Pallarcocha lake and Nevado Corpuna, Peru´s third highest peak (6425 m) and you enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of the Andes mountain and magnificent volcanoes. We pass the Bosque de los Yaretales and you might spot some American camelids along the way, such as vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. Around 2 PM, we reach Cotahuasi. We have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful scenic area.
After an early morning breakfast, we travel for half an hour by tar and we continue hiking for approximately one hour over huge rocks and stones to reach the 150 meters high waterfalls. We cross rope bridges while enjoying the sunny climate and the lovely landscape of the Cotahuasi canyon. After relaxing some time at the stunning waterfalls, we continue our hike back towards Cotahuasi, where a delicious Peruvian lunch is prepared for us. Following lunch, we head to the typical village Tomepampa, where you will witness the old traditions and lifestyle of the local people. You can take a dip in the hot springs of Luicho. We spend the night at Tomepampa.
After a delicious breakfast, we travel for approximately 3 hours to Puyca, and you will witness incredible views of landscape and pre-Inca terraces. There are still tombs and terraces of the Waris community to be find in this area. The highlights of today are a visit to the architectural Inca complex of Maucallacta and to see the extinct plans Puyas that only still exist in the high altitudes of the Andes. We climb up for 2 hours to reach the Maucallacta ruins. After our visit to the reach, a typical lunch will be served in Puyca and we head back to Tomepampa.
Today we have breakfast early and we drive back to the Peruvian white city Arequipa. Along the way, you have the opportunity to make some short stops for sightseeing or photographing. We have lunch and arrive in Arequipa in the late afternoon. Upon arrival into Arequipa we transfer you back to your hotel.
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.
Do I need a sleeping bag?
No, there is no need for sleeping bags. We overnight at small locally run ´hospedajes´ and there are rooms with beds and blankets.
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?