Canyon Cotahuasi Trekking 4D / 3N or 3D / 2N
Presentation: This circuit is a cultural and adventure circuit, far away from the traditional circuits, much more authentic than those of the colca canyon of the colca (where a new Inca citadel has been built that passes for ancient). There, in Cotahuasi you may have a real contact with the Quechua ethnies, , suitable for a reflection on what we call the relation nature / culture. There is not much tourist infrastructure.
FIRST DAY: AREQUIPA/COTAHUASI (400 KM).
Departure from Arequipa to the village of Cotahuasi
SECOND DAY: COTAHUASI – TAURISMA – ALCA – CAHUANA – BAÑOS TERMALES DE LUICHO
After breakfast departure from Cotahuasi to the town of Taurisma crossing the Cotahuasi River a suspension bridge, there we will see old cedars, colonial churches, broom forests, etc. Then we will visit the town of Tomepampa and its beautiful colonial church, continuing we will visit Alca, a village of rich agriculture to observe its church, typical balconies, colonial houses, ancient cedars, etc. Then we will ascend by trekking a pedestrian path of 75 ° zigzag slope composed by more than 500 Inca steps to the community of Cahuana (3068 masl), a village with pre – Incas terraces, we will observe the flora – wildlife and many view points beautiful : landscapes forming hills, villages, terraces, rivers, etc. , . Later we will descend towards the Thermal Baths of Luicho where we will have lunch based on trout fish from the Cotahuasi River. After lunch you will enjoy a relaxing bath in the thermal waters of Luicho, which are highly appreciated for its therapeutic properties. Return to Cotahuasi for dinner and overnight.
THIRD DAY: COTAHUASI – SIPIA FALLS – CACTUS FOREST OF JUDIOPAMPA – VELINGA
Very early after breakfast we will take the transport towards the deepest part of the Canyon of Cotahuasi, in the way we will observe the countryside of Colcan and Piro villages ; This is a place the great geological richness the deepest canyon on the globe, 3500m, belowthe sea level, therefore it is warm and very low . Later we will visit the Sipia Waterfall ( at 2000 m and 150 m height) symbol of the Cotahuasi. Three are three falls, From here we start a trek , picturesque villages such as Chaupa and Rosariopampa, then you will arrive at the Cactus Forest of Judiopampa (1936 masl) where we will find mostly columnar cactaceae (weberbauecereus rahuii) that measure up to 10 meters in height, habitat of innumerable species of birds and hummingbirds , bats, longirostros; Finally we will arrive at the village of Velinga (1972 masl) where we will have lunch and overnight, we might haave the posibility to taste the rich organic wine and to know its process of elaboration in very old farms.
FOURTH DAY: VELINGA – COTAHUASI – AREQUIPA
After breakfast in the village of Velinga we will make a 30 minute walk to approach the transport that will take us back to Cotahuasi where we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will visit the main attractions of the town: Laguna Chaquicocha, Immaculate Concepcion Church and La Matriz, Campanario Santa Ana, Colonial Houses, etc.
Return to Arequipa
PS. WE COULD DO THIS CIRCUIT IN THREE DAYS AVOIDING THE FIRST DAY