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Rafting - Arequipa: Colca and Cotahuasi Rivers

Colca River is famous for its 300 rapids and for extending along one of the deepest canyons on the planet

Rafting - Arequipa: Colca and Cotahuasi Rivers

Colca River

Colca River is famous for its 300 rapids and for extending along one of the deepest canyons on the planet. The most world-famous route starts in Chivay and enters the Cabanconde and Tapay areas, over approximately 40 km (25 miles).
 
Colca River Rapids
  • Location: Arequipa Department. Chivay, Caylloma Province (3,633 m.a.s.l. - 11,919 f.a.s.l.).
  • Weather: Cold and rainy from October to March.
  • Average temperature: 10 ° C (50 ° F).
  • Season: From May to October.
  • Access by air: To Arequipa, flights from Lima (1 hour 30 minutes) and Juliaca (50 minutes).
  • Access by land: Arequipa - Chivay (164 km - 102 miles), in 3 h 30 m.
  • Level: Grade II - IV rapids for specialists and experienced rafters.
  • Time: 2 days
                                
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.
 
Cotahuasi River Rapids
  • 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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