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Cotahuasi Canyon: Trek & Tour


Cotahuasi Canyon: Trek & Tour

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

Not Included
Airport & bus station transfers (local taxis will be economical for you to take to the hotels).
Dinners or any additional meals not mentioned in inclusions.
Travel & Adventure insurance.
Any costs associated with medical emergencies or evacuations.
International Flights.
Lima section to be managed by your own account, hotel & airport transfers (can be included on request).
Anything else not explicitly mentioned in the inclusions.


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
Attached below are a couple of links which will explain how to prepare for your trip & trek in advance of your arrival. We recommend being prepared in advance to save time & stress whilst you’re in Peru. Trip Planning | Trek Planning
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.



Collection from Arequipa Airport to the city of Arequipa, from here you'll take an overnight bed-bus to Cotahuasi. Check in to your hotel early in the morning.
  • Bus Reyna - From Arequipa to Cotahuasi - Departs Arequipa 19:00hrs - Arrives Cotahuasi at 03.00hrs
  • Overnight: Hotel Vallee Hermoso -
Arrival to Cotahuasi and head to Hotel Valle Hermoso to leave main luggage and return to the bus station with just a small luggage bag to go to Quechualla and visit the deep part of the Cotahuasi Canyon. Then, upon returning, you'll visit Judeo Pampa, which is a forest with giant cacti. This is a great opportunity to explore and take some great photos to share on your social media! Finally stopping to visit the Sipia Waterfall, making a small walk of a little over an hour (round trip with visit and more photos). In the late afternoon or early evening returning to Cotahuasi and spend the night at your Hotel.
Today will be a very early departure from Cotahuasi in the direction of Pampamarca (5:00 am) in order to take a walk to visit the Stone Forest of Huito. An ascent of one hour and an easy return. Then afterwards visiting the Uscune Waterfall viewpoint and in the afternoon return to Cotahuasi. If there is enough time in the afternoon you have the option to trek and visit a suspension bridge from where you'll observe the start of the immense Cotahuasi Canyon. Overnight: Hotel Vallee Hermoso - Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.
Leaving very early again today you'll head to Puyca to visit the ruins of Maukallaqta, and the Wari-Chanka archeological center. Upon returning from the Town of Alca (already in the Cotahuasi Valley) visit the town of Cahuana from where you have a beautiful view of the Cotahuasi Valley; and stopping to visit the thermal baths of Luicho. Returning to Cotahuasi take the overnight bus to Arequipa. Return to Arequipa - 7.00PM - Bus Reyna - Bed bus - E.T.A = 3:00 a.m. Overnight Arequipa - Hotel Casona Plaza.
Today is an opportunity to have a Historic Quarter tour of Arequipa, or to simply relax and explore this beautiful city in your own time - Details to be confirmed during trip planning.

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