|Level||Extreme. Class 4 and 5 Experience is needed and good physical condition is essential. Demanding hiking (1 day).|
|Location||Colca and Cotahuasi.|
|Season||Between June and October.|
|Meeting point||Arequipa (South Peru).|
This trip is our special, self support means that you have to be in a good level of kayaking (class 5) and be able to adjust to a team of kayakers who have been into insolate rivers and where is important to bring their own equipment and food in each kayak.
We are talking about a real expedition rowing the two deepest canyons in the world in only one expedition. Colca (3180 meters deep) has impressive walls and lunatic landscapes. Cotahuasi (3535 meters) has incredible archaeological sites at the end of the canyon and intense rapids. Both have class 4 and 4+ rapids.
We with years of experience rowing Peru’s rivers, feel confident and secure leading you through the rivers, showing you the best routes, arranging logistics and selecting the safest spots for campsites.
DAY 01: ARRIVE AREQUIPA
Passagers from Lima or Cusco might flight to Arequipa. Our private transportation will take you to your hotel to rest a while. Then will have lunch and we will have a short visit through the famous white city of Arequipa. At night we will go out to have a welcome dinner .
DAY 02: DRIVE TO COLCA CANYON
We will depart early in the morning from Arequipa. Then we will have lunch in Chivay which is the main town of the Valley of Colca (14,984 feet). By the afternoon we will continue our journey going through the rest of the towns that make up the valley, enjoying all of its churches and the beautiful landscape of the glaciers in the mountain rage of the Ampato until reaching Huambo where we will start our trek the next day. We will sleep in a basic hostal in Huambo.
DAY 03: HIKE TO CANCO PUT IN
Early morning we will set up all of our equipment on the mules and will trek for about six hours until reaching the property of Canco first base camp next to the shores of the Colca River.
DAY 04: KAYAKING THE COLCA
In the morning we will get into the river to row for about 4 kilometers until reaching the crossing of the Mamacocha River, here is where the Colca River really starts, from this point the river becomes much wilder. We will continue until the wall section, section in which the river turns into IV class. Here we will have lunch. In the afternoon we will go through the Canoandes rapid and until we reach Jazmín ridge where will sleep. From here one can trek.
DAY 05: KAYAKING THE COLCA
Today we will row class IV rapids, we will go through the condors shower, is a waterfall of hundred of meters. With the help of the wind the water gets pulverize in the way, becoming the perfect shower for the huge birds. After seeing a few condors "taking a shower" we will continue through the chocolate canyon, the cholo rapid, the disaster rapid, and then we will finish the day rowing the Reparaz rapid. Set up of base camp in Esperanza beach.
DAY 06: KAYAKING THE COLCA - DRIVE TO COTAHUASI
We will start from Esperanza beach, rowing for about half an hour until reaching the important Green Canyon (polish canyon) which we will row. We will be doing class II and III for about two hours, until reaching the confluence of the Mamacocha River, this is the end of the Colca canyon. Here we will have lunch and then we will head over to the town of Cotahuasi in our 4x4 pickup trucks, here wer will sleep in a Hostel.
DAY 07: COTAHUASI TOWN LEISURE
Day at leisure in Cotahuasi town. Rest and time to visite the area and the hot springs of Luicho.
DAY 08: HKE TO VELINGA
Today we will have a six hour trek; going through the waterfall of Sipia of 493 feet through a Forrest of giant cactus until reaching Velinga. Here we will set up our base camp at the shores of the Cotahuasi River.
9,10,11th Days: KAYAKING THE COTAHUASI
In these three days we will go through the canyon rowing III and IV. Every night we will set up camp in the ruins, from where we will be able to see and explore the archeological remains that wil surround us.
DAY 12: IQUIPI TAKE OUT TO AREQUIPA
Passing through the confluence of the Cotahuasi and Marán river which become the Ocoña River with very quiet rapids class II. Rowing the Ocoña we will reach the ending point in the town of Iquipí. Here our pickup truck will wait for us, with some cold beers to refresh our expedition and take us back to Arequipa. At night we will enjoy our farewell deserve dinner.
DAY 13: AREQUIPA END OF THE TRIP
It is time to go back to reality!!!!! Flight to Lima and return at home.