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.
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
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.
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.
rafting class IV and V rapids: Raft 100 kilometers of continuous
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.
home: Fly from Arequipa to Lima, then home. Or on to your
We use the best equipment available! New self-bailing rafts, new
high float life jackets that comply with U.S. standards, and Northface
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.
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
We do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, however this
itinerary is subject to change.