Rio Cotahuasi Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

After a short domestic flight from Lima, arrive in the southern city of Arequipa. At the airport you will be met by your expedition leader and taken directly to your first class accommodations. Tonight, during dinner, we will cover all of the details of the upcoming adventure.


Day 2

This morning we will depart Arequipa early for a full day’s drive to the town of Cotahuasi. This journey will take us over a 15,000 foot pass with spectacular views of the 21,000 foot Coropuna Volcano.


Day 3

Today will be spent exploring the narrow streets of this very interesting Andean town. This afternoon we will take the short drive to the Luicho Hot Springs for a nice soak to help prepare for the long hike ahead of us in the morning.


Day 4

This morning, after loading our gear onto the mules, we will begin the full days trek to the river. This trek will take us around the impressive Sipia Falls, towering more than 400 feet tall. Afterwards we will continue on the ancient Incan trail, 3000 feet above the river before beginning our decent into the river canyon. Tonight we will camp by the river and our put:in.


Days 5-10

Day five we begin the river portion of the expedition. After a detailed safety orientation and paddling introduction, we head downstream into the deepest and one of the least-explored canyons in the world! Over the course next 6 days and 100 miles, we’ll paddle some of the finest, most continuous class IV and V whitewater in the on Earth. We’ll stop frequently to rest, to absorb the splendor of this extraordinary place, and to explore the numerous pre-Incan and Incan ruins. Every afternoon we’ll pull our boat ashore and make camp, oftentimes at the site of abandoned Incan villages, pitching our tents directly beside traces of ancient civilization. We’ll share decadent dinners, hot breakfasts, and plentiful lunches as we peruse the sky for soaring gigantic Andean Condors; and we’ll leave ample time for exploring side canyons, ancient trails leading out of our camps, and for recuperating every night. The quality of our journey through the Cotahuasi canyon cannot go understated – this is one of the Earth’s wonders in terms of spectacular scenery, wilderness remoteness, archeological exploration, and expedition quality!


Day 10

The whitewater subsides substantially by today as we float to our take-out. Passing by villages and local fisherman harvesting the river. After reaching the take-out, we will have a nice early lunch, de-rig and load all of our equipment. After a seven hour drive we will arrive at our deluxe accommodations in Arequipa. Just enough time to shower and clean up before our final night fiesta. Congratulations on completing one of the worlds most remote and challenging river expeditions!


Day 11

After breakfast, its time to transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and back home or on to your next destination.


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