First Day: Arequipa- Petrogliphs of Toro Muerto-
Chuquibamba Cotahuasi, 380 km in 4x4 mini-truck
We leave Arequipa at 7 am to start the 380 km ride by 4x4 heading
in the direction of the “petrogliphs of Toro Muerto,”
located in the Corire district, about 3 hours from Arequipa. Here
there are around 5 miles of engraved stones to be seen. These
engravings are dated between 700 and 800 AD, from the time of
the Wari culture.
On this tour (petrogliphs of toro muerto) here will give us
the opportunity to explore the numerous stones and rocks and their
Continuing on to the Valley of Majes, we will pass the many
rice cultivations and vineyards of the region, also the village
of Chuquibamba, which is known for its cheese and avocado. Here
we will have the option of visiting a little museum dedicated
to the local pre-Incan culture “Pachanas”.
After Chuquibamba we will enter an area at 4700 meters above
sea level, where there is an amazing view over snowy Coropuna
(6425m above sea level).
Just behind the lagoon of Pallarcocha is a magnificent landscape,
representative of the south Peruvian Andes. It is important to
note that snowy Coropuna is the tallest volcano in Peru. For the
old Incas it was the “apu,” the most important holy
mountain in the south of Peru.
At the end of the day we will arrive in Cotahuasi (2600m above
sea level) after about a 10 hour ride.
Cotawasi is the capital of the Union and where we will be spending
the night at a local hostal.
Second Day:Cotahuasi- Sipia- Chaupo
This trek is mostly desert, but there is a geological richness
to be observed. The climate will be rather hot, as the region
is not high above sea level (around 2000m). We use a donkey (to
transport the drinking water and meals).Also one horsemen.
After breakfast we will continue by truck, crossing the Cotahuasi
River over the bridges of Cuyao and Sipia.
This is where our 4 hour trek starts. We will pass the waterfall
of Sipia with its 150m cascade. It is amazing to watch and listen
to the battle roaring between water and rocks, as the water with
its erosive powers step by step washes the rock away, creating
an enormous gorge with a depth of 3535m. Here it is worth mentioning
that Colca Canyon has a depth of 3217m, therefore Cotahuasi is
After observing the falls we will go to the little village of
Chaupo. On our way there we will pass by some fantastic countryside,
including the red canyon that receives its name from its red stone
colour, called arcilla.
The temperature here oscillates between 25 - 30 degrees.
We will stop in the “oasis of Chaupo” where apples,
oranges, and grapes are grown and the local wine is produced.
You have the option of doing another 3 hour walk to the village
of Velinga, depending on your physical condition at the time.
Third Day: Chaupo Bridge - Sipia - Andahua
(visit Volcanoes valley)
In the morning after breakfast we start our 3 hour hike to the
bridge of Sipia, where our truck will be waiting to take us to
the Valley of Volcanoes.
On this day we will be passing close by snowy Coropuna. After
a 4 hours ride we will arrive in the Valley of Volcanoes. we visit
the Mirador of the volcanoes and we do small trek : We climb to
the top of one of the small volcanoes.
where we will spend the night in a basic hotel. ( family home)
Fourth Day: Valley of Volcanoes–Orcopampa-
chivay Colca Valley
On this day we go to the village of Orcopampa, then we continue
to chivay village (colca valley). Between the volcanoes valley
and colca valley We can see andean birds, lamas,alpacas, local
people. On this part of the region you don't see any tourist
Hotel in chivay village.
Fifth Day: Chivay - visit of the colca valley-Colca
Canyon (Condor Cross) -Arequipa
We will go to Condor Cross to enjoy a glimpse of the condors
in their natural habitat, as well as a viewpoint overlooking terraces
and the colonial villages of Pinchollo, Maca, and Yanque ( We
visit the colca valley). Other viewpoints such as Antahuilque
and Mollepunku afford us views of pre-Incan terraces and above-ground
graves belonging to the Collagua period. Lunch in Chivay (optional
hot springs, “La Calera”), before we make the return
trip to Arequipa, passing by the national reserves of Aguada Blanca
and Salinas on the way, where we’ll observe llamas, alpacas
and vicunas. We’ll also make a stop at the 4912m high viewpoint
of Los Andes.We arrive back in Arequipa at 5 pm.
- Transport private car during the trip
- All transfers
- Oxygen equipment
- First-aide kit
- Entrance fee to national reserve and Aguada Blanca y Salinas
- Entrance fee to Cotahuasi canyon
- Entrance fee to Andagua (volcanoes valley)
- Trekking into the Cotahuasi canyon
- Trekking official guide
- All meals
- Donkey (carry all your thinks - day 2 and day 3)
- Accommodation one night in cotahuasi village
- Accommodation one night in tents in chaupo
- Accommodation in Andagua village (hostal basic)
- Accomodations in Chivay village (hotel)
- Ticket for la Calera (hot spring)
- Tents and matras
- Cooking equipment
what to bring?
- Swimming Customs.
- Torch / Flashlight.
- Sun Block.
- Insects Repellent (Specially if you have sweet blood for them).
- Water (you can buy in all the villages).
- Cap or hat.
- Personal medications.
- Hiking stick(s).
- Sleeping Bag, up the trekking.
* There’s no risk of Malaria at
The passenger is under the obligation to mention of any health
problem or past injury to assure and guarantee the safety of the
We must be said weather the person is vegetarian to make the arrangements
for his/her food.
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ABOUT THE FOOD
We must be said weather the person is vegetarian to make the
arrangements for his/her food.
ABOUT THE GUIDES:
The stuff is competent and is being trained eventually, every
now and then.(OFFICIEL GUIDES).