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Cotahuasi Rafting and Hiking

Arrive in Arequipa: Arrive to Arequipa, Peru via Lima, Peru. Meet an ATAC representative at the airport who will take you to your hotel. Explore Arequipa, a town built from white stone. Stay at the Hotel del Lago.

Cotahuasi Rafting and Hiking

Drive, on road to Cotahuasi canyon, to Aplao: Departing in the afternoon, travel by van through the Peruvian altiplano countryside, visiting pueblos along the way. Dine in the town of Aplao and camp in the majestic Colca valley.

Cotahuasi Rafting and Hiking

Drive to Cotahuasi village: Continue by road over a 15,500 foot pass with views of Mount Coropuna (21,000 ft) before arriving to the remote mountain village of Cotahuasi. Explore Cotahuasi's narrow streets and masonry work remnant of the Incas. In the evening, experience hot springs. Lodge at La Sipia Inn.

Cotahuasi Rafting and Hiking

Hiking day, following ancient Inca trails: While mules carry all river gear and supplies for the trip, hike 10 hours on Incan engineered trails around Sipia Falls into the canyon of the Cotahuasi. Witness dramatic views 3000 feet above the river level, then descend to the Valinga footbridge that marks our first river camp.

Cotahuasi Rafting and Hiking

Whitewater rafting class IV and V rapids: Raft 100 kilometers of continuous class IV+ whitewater in a canyon twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. Encounter three class class V and a few possible portages. Each night, camp on Incan terraces and explore their ruins. On Day 10, arrive to the end of the river journey where the road meets the river. Travel by van two hours back to Arequipa. Lodge at the Hotel del Lago.

Return home: Fly from Arequipa to Lima, then home. Or on to your next adventure!


Equipment: We use the best equipment available! New self-bailing rafts, new high float life jackets that comply with U.S. standards, and Northface tents.

Food: We believe that eating delicious and healthy meals is an important part of a rafting adventure. We have wonderful menus that provide a bounty of fresh food. When appropriate, we also offer some of the local delicacies and flavors. We always have meals that are well balanced and include vegetarian options.

Safety: ATAC has a proven track record with perfect safety. We take every possible precaution to ensure your safety. We provide safety-rescue kayakers that are swift and nimble. They greatly enhance a swimmer's speedy recovery. When appropriate, we also have a safety cataraft dedicated to watching out for the paddlers. In addition, we always offer the option to walk around any rapid you are uncomfortable with.

We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this itinerary is subject to change.

Looking down on the Cotahuasi canyon at put-in, Peru, South America.

Inca ruins along the shore of the Cotahuasi, Peru.

Packing down to put-in on the Cotahuasi rafting tour.

From inside the raft on the Cotahuasi, Peru tour.

Rafting the Cotahuasi. One of the larger rapids.

Kayaking on the Cotahuasi, Peru.
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8 days
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