Valleys and Canyons: Cotahuasi Valley and Canyon

The Scenic Reserve of the Subcuenca del Cotahuasi (RPSCC) is located in the province of La Unión, 10 hours by road from Arequipa. In the valley it is possible to visit traditional settlements and enjoy hot springs, the Sipia Falls and the geological faults of the canyon. At 3,562 meters deep it is one of the largest canyons in the world.

The Subcuenca del Cotahuasi is a representative sample of the Tropical Andes in the south of Peru which, thanks to its location in the Southern Andes and in the high parts of the River Ocoña, has unique geographical conditions that give rise to a biological diversity of global importance in each one of its twelve zones of life, which are spread through an area that ranges from 950 masl and up through the canyon to snow-capped peaks higher than 6,100 masl.

All around the canyon various temples and archeological zones have been identified complete with extensive and ancient pathways that reflect the ingenuity of the native peoples in adapting to their surroundings while conserving the ecosystem.

The scenery is impressive, surrounded as it is by the snow-capped peaks of Coropuna and Solimana and the free-falling Sipia Falls, with a drop of 150 meters and a permanent rainbow, which delights visitors. It is the perfect backdrop for adventure sports such as trekking, kayaking, paragliding, hang gliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing or horse riding.

Minimum visiting time: 3 days

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