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 vantages 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
- Witness 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