Location: Arequipa, Peru
Arequipa, second largest city in southwest Peru. A one hour plane flight from Lima.
Level of Difficulty: Class V / Advanced
The most extreme whitewater found in Peru. The whitewater is challenging but it also takes a truly adventurous spirit to brave such a remote river canyon.
Scenery: Spectacular desert canyon, known to be the deepest raftable canyon in the world.
The river is surrounded by sheer granite walls and there are spectacular views of the Andes. Declared a National Tourist Reserve Zone, habitat for endangered and protected species such as Condors and Vicuñas (a relative of the llama and Alpaca) has been set aside along the river.
Season: December – May
Whitewater rafting trips on the Cotahuasi River are offered during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months.