Rafting in Cotahuasi River


Venue for various adventure sports during the Cotahuasi Eco-Adventure Sport Festival (first week of May). The Cotahuasi river runs through one of the deepest canyons in the Americas, with level 3 and 4 rapids that are only suitable for experts. Fishing is possible in high areas, including Alca. Tourist services in Cotahuasi are currently under development.

General Information

Location: Arequipa Department. Cotahuasi, La Unión Province (2,683 m.a.s.l. – 8,802 f.a.s.l.).

Weather: Semi-dry and cold, rainy from December to March.

Average temperature: 15 °C (60 °F).

Season: From April to October.

Access by air: To Arequipa, flights from Lima (1 hour 30 minutes) and Juliaca (50 minutes).

Access by land: Arequipa – Cotahuasi (375 km – 233 miles), in 9 h.

Level: Grade III – IV.

Time: 2 days.


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