Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon; the Cotahuasi is the deepest canyon in the world, cutting through the Coropuna and Surimana massifs. With numerous hiking trails and vantage points; Cotahuasi is a beautiful region that few travelers get to see. With single and multi-day tours; you’ll get to hike the length of one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
The Cotahuasi Canyon region is legendary throughout Peru for its steep cliffs, waterfalls; and its local inhabitants who follow a traditional way of life. Located north of Arequipa, the canyon is an ideal location for trekking and natural sightseeing. Suspension bridges criss-cross over the Cotahuasi River flowing at the bottom of the canyon; connecting regional trails followed by hikers and locals alike.
So then; the Cotahuasi Region is remote and because of this transportation can be a challenge; trekking the canyon is quite an off-the-beaten-path experience. This 4-day itinerary is of medium length, longer than single-day options, and shorter than 6-day excursions. For those looking for a compact yet intensive trek; this is an ideal option, especially if you have a special interest in wildlife and Andean culture.
Spot endemic wildlife such as condors, vicuñas, and Andean foxes
Experience a region of Southern Peru that few people get to see
Cross the roaring Cotahuasi River along a suspension bridge
Relax in the thermal hot springs of Niñochaca and Luicho
Professional bilingual guide for days 2-4
Bus services x 2 (Bus Reyna – Arequipa – Cotahuasi – Arequipa)
Domestic Flights x 2 (Lima – Arequipa – Lima)
Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 3 + Snacks
Accommodation – x2 nights in Arequipa, x3 nights in Cotahuasi
|Joining Arrangements||There will be a pre-trek briefing held usually the evening before departure, at your hotel, to go over the details of the trek and any specific requirements not already captured.|
|Food & Water||Prior to setting off we recommend you steer clear of street food and only eat in good restaurants, to avoid any stomach complaints. Likewise with tap water, it is largely untreated, please only consume bottled water only or sterilised water if you have the right equipment.|
|Special Diets||We’ll ensure that we cater for all of your dietary needs, at the point of booking we’ll collect this information from you. We can secure special menu requests also for your trek party.|
|Trekking Crew||We are able to customise our treks to suit you, but usually our treks are guided by a professional bilingual guide, mountain cook, arriero (horseman) and mules to carry all equipment (passenger horses also available on request). They become a large part of your trekking expedition and it’s a great experience working together.|
This is a really important part of your trip planning process, please find a link below which explains a little more about preparing for altitude. Altitude Preparation
|Machu Picchu||An excursion to Machu Picchu can be included as part of your trip, including professional bilingual guide, entrance tickets, return trip bus tickets, Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains (mountain climbs to be confirmed on reservation) & your return train ticket to Cusco. To be confirmed on reservation.|
|Covid-19 (Coronavirus)||We are working with the latest protocols issued by the Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) to ensure our operations are safe and compliant for the future. We also have access to on-call health services for your time with us.|
|Covid-19 (Useful Links)||World Health Organisation | World Health Organisation – Peru | Covid-19 Data – Peru | Covid-19 Daily Statistics|
|Available Discounts||Throughout 2022 we’re offering a 15% discount for each member of a group larger than 4+|
|Reservation||Please contact us to reserve your trek and we will send you our deposit & payment options.|
|Customer Service||Please feel free to contact us at any point before your trip for any queries or problems.|