Level: Challenge. Class 4 and 5 rapids.
No experience is needed but good physical
condition is essential. Demanding hiking or
horse back riding (2 days).
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Location: Province La Unión - Arequipa.
Description: Rough and challenge.
Beautiful canyon with archeological sites. Hard
and intense rapids.
Departures: Rafting season: June-July.
Kayaking season: May-October. Private and fixed
Meeting Point: Arequipa (South Peru).
Day 01: Arequipa the white city. South Peru
Our trip begins in the city of Arequipa, second
largest city in Peru and principal urban center
of the southwestern region of the country,
situated about 750 kilometers (approx. 500
miles) as the bird flies –a one hour plane
flight- from Lima. In the afternoon, we tour the
almost 500 year old city –recently proclaimed a
World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Among
the outstanding sites are the famous Convent of
Santa Catalina, as well as the Museum where we
can observe the mummified corpse of the young
Inka woman (known in present times as "Juanita")
which was found some years ago atop the
snowcapped peak of Ampato, in the vicinity of
the Colca Canyon.
Day 02: Arequipa. Overland to Cotahuasi
Today we head out from the city, bound for the
town of Cotahuasi. This involves a lengthy ride
in 4-wheel drive all terrain vehicles through
the Andes. Along the way we will surmount a
mountain pass at an altitude of 4000 meters (approx.
13,400 feet) above sea level; come in close
vicinity of the impressive snow capped peak of
Coropuna (second highest mountain in Peru and
among the 10 highest in the Western Hemisphere)
and go through several ancient towns and
villages where time seemingly came to a
standstill centuries ago. After 10 hours of
driving we reach Cotahuasi and lodge overnight
in a local Hostal. (Breakfats and Lunch)
Day 03: Cotahuasi Town and Luicho Hot Srings
the morning we undertake a hike above the Amaña
Canyon, crossing the ancient bridge of Chuquito,
dating to pre-Inka times. During the afternoon,
we visit the town of Cotahuasi. This is also a
centuries-old urban site. The surrounding area
constitutes an ideal refuge and habitat for
endangered and protected species of Andean fauna
such as Condors and Vicuñas. Due to its cultural
and archaeological features, it was proclaimed a
National Tourist Reserve Zone (Zona de Reserva
Turística Nacional) in 1988. (Full meals)
Day 04: Trek to Approach the River at Velinga
Put- In Point
drive to the road-head (thus sparing ourselves a
two-hour hike). Upon reaching the bridge of
Sipia we are met by the "burros" –the pack
donkeys- and their wranglers, who will
henceforth bear and transport our gear and raft
to the river put-in. Following a seven-hour trek
–in the course of which we shall have passed by
the cascade of Sipia, a waterfall with a
vertical drop of 150 meters (approx. 495 feet),
as well as through a grove of giant cacti- we
eventually reach the village of Velinga and our
first riverside campsite . (Full meals)
Day 05: River 1. Put- In and Raft The Cotahuasi
Come morning, we ready all our gear and other
logistical infrastructure pump up the boats,
enjoy lunch and put into the river. In the
following couple of hours we paddle downriver
through 4 kilometers (approx. 2.7 miles) of
Class III and IV rapids and reach our second
campsite. (Full meals)
Day 06-09: River 2. River Rafting.
After a good healthy breakfats we began our
rafting journey. We will be running many Class
IV and some class V rapids for the next 5 days.
Between the rapids we will have many
opportunities to hike and explore the numerous
amazing pre-inca and Inca ruins that we are
going to encounter on our descent towards to the
Pacific ocean. The canyon also supports an
abundant population of birds, eagles and many
condors. Each night your guides will prepare a
healthy meal and we will camp under southern
Throughout the next four days we shall navigate
down 65 kilometers (approx. 44 miles) of
thrilling and fun-filled Class III, IV and V
white water rapids. (Full meals)
Day 10: Final Stretch of Boating and Take-Out
this day we cover the final 20 kilometers (approx.
13 miles) of our river trip expedition.
This last day in our rafts will spent on the
Ocoña river with some class III and IV rapids.
The river changes names at the confluence of the
river Maran. Here the nature of the river
changes as we wind our way down to Iquipí (near
to Pacific Ocean) where our transport will be
waiting to take us to Arequipa and our hotel at
the city. 4-5 hours drive back. (Breakfast and
Day 11: Homeward Bound
Departure from Arequipa.
Private Service: Upon Request
Group Fixed Departure Price: $ 2138.00 (Minimum
COTAHUASI 2009. FIXED DEPARTURE DATES:
Pre-rip information, including what to bring,
Full contact and coordination since you book
and while you are in Peru
Transfer on Private Coach Arequipa/Cotahuasi
All meals and commissary during expedition
as noted at the program.
Two overnight hotel accommodations in
Arequipa based in two people room. 3 stars
All professional white water rafting
equipment (Dry-bags, Wetsuits, Life Vests,
Hardhats, Windbreakers-Anoraks, Paddles).
Professional White Water Rafting Inflatable
One or two Security Kayaks and Kayakers (depending
on size of group).
Camping equipment and logistical
infrastructure (two-person tents).
Professionally trained and experienced River
Guides (trained and certified in Swift River
and Wilderness Guiding and Outdoor
Local horseman and mules to bring gear from
Huambo to Canco
First-Aid support and safety care and
Satélite Phone Access
Hotel accommodations, transfers and meals in
Non-specified expenses and extra services.
Sleeping bags and Thermarest mats.
In-town meals in Arequipa.
Recommended Indispensable Personal Equipment To
Sneakers and/or boating sandals with straps
(Tevas or such).
Two changes of clothing.
Torch or Headlamp plus extra batteries.
Hat, Cap or appropriate Head Gear.