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Cotahuasi canyon trekking / colca canyon tour / valley of volcanoes trek (Andagua) trekking

5 days / 4 nights


Trekking in cotahuasi canyon discovery the volcanoes valley and explore the colca canyon 5 days tour and trekking in private transport

First Day:
Arequipa- Petrogliphs of Toro Muerto- Chuquibamba Cotahuasi, 380 km in 4x4 mini-truck

We leave Arequipa at 5 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 5,000 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 different meanings.

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. Coropuna: 6425 mhsl

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.

This day we prefer to leave so early beacuse like this we can do more stops on the way to take pictures.

Important: Cotahuasi is a tourist destination away from the city of Arequipa.
That's why there are very few tourists.
In Cotahuasi canyon, the services are very limited and very basic : restaurants and hotels.

For example when we eat in the restaurants , we found only local people. Food is basic; You eat the same options food of a local people in cotahuasi village.

The hotels-hostels do not have heating, ventilation, sometimes no hot water.

Obviously we will try to provide you the best.

Please do not wait for this tour high class hotels and gourmet food.

This tour is especially for people who do not want to see tourists on the tour, visit one of the deepest canyons in the world

Second Day:
Cotahuasi- Sipia- Chaupo-VELINGA-quechualla

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).

After breakfast we will continue by truck, crossing the Cotahuasi River over the bridges of Cuyao and Sipia waterfall.

We will Visit 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 4120m, therefore Cotahuasi is 3535m deeper!

After observing the waterfalls we will go to by our transport we will cross the Oasi 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 we continue to by transport to Velinga village.

Before arrive to Velinga we leave the transport and we trek to Velinga village 45 mi. trek, here we take the lunch.

Then you can trek in direction to Quechualla village , we will don´t arrive to quechualla.

you can trek here , from 2-4 hours. We spend the nigh in Velinga village in tents or in local families home.

The temperature here oscillates between 25 - 30 degrees.

If you don´t like to trek , you can stay in Velinga and enjoy this village.

Third Day:
Chaupo - Sipia - Andahua (visit Volcanoes valley)

In the morning after breakfast we start our 40.min. hike to the transport, 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)

After spend the night in Cotahuasi and if for you was basic , spend this night in Andagua (valley of volcanoes) is really basic, Andagua village is visited by only 200 tourists every year.

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 tourists.

Welcome to the civilization we will enjoy the hot spring in Chivay , yes here there are good restaurants, and good hotels.
Hotel in chivay village with heating and hot water.

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, (condor´s flight ).

We will trek during one hour from condor cross to the the cure viewpoint, here we reach the colca canyon.

We will stop as well in many viewpoints 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 culture period.

Before the lunch we will trek in Yaque village during one hour , we will explore the Archeological Inca ramain Of Uyu-Uyu.

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 vicuńas. We’ll also make a stop at the 4912m high viewpoint of Los Andes.

We arrive back in Arequipa at 5 pm.

Cotahuasi canyon trekking / colca canyon tour / valley of volcanoes trek (Andagua) trekking IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Day 1: 9 hours by car and two hours by foot and stop over to take photos. On This day 80% of the road is asphalted.

Day 2: 2 hours by car and 3 hours of trek. This day the road is not asphalted.

Day 3: 4 hours by car, In Cotahuasi 45 min. of trek and Andagua 2-3 hours of trek (valley of the volcanoes). On This day the road is not asphalted.

Day 4: 10 hours by car from Andagua (valley of the volcanoes) to Chivay city (Colca valley) off road, bumpy and dusty, you can walk and explore landscapes and communities where there are not tourists. This day the road is not asphalted. In the route you can stop the journey to walk and drop the legs if you want.

Day 5: 7-8 hours by transport , you can stop any where also you can walk around condor cross. Only 2 -3 hours not asphalpted road.

  • 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)
  • Muleteer
  • 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
not included
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Tips

Price by person in american dollars


On request,

what to bring?
  • Swimming Customs.
  • Torch / Flashlight.
  • Sun Block.
  • Insects Repellent (Specially if you have sweet blood for them).
  • Towels.
  • Basics.
  • Snacks.
  • Water (you can buy in all the villages).
  • Cap or hat.
  • Personal medications.
  • Hiking stick(s).
  • Sleeping Bag, up the trekking.
  • Enthusiasm.
* There’s no risk of Malaria at all.
  • The passenger is under the obligation to mention of any health problem or past injury to assure and guarantee the safety of the trip.
  • We must be said weather the person is vegetarian to make the arrangements for his/her food.
  • In case of any struggle, please contact us the our phone numbers:

    LAND LINE: (51) (54) 203737
    MOBILE: (51) (54) 95961 1241
    Available 24/7.

We must be said weather the person is vegetarian to make the arrangements for his/her food.


The stuff is competent and is being trained eventually, every now and then.(OFFICIEL GUIDES).





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