Arequipa region: 5th 6000m and Canyon de Cotahuasi

Trip Start Apr 07, 2010
Trip End Jan 19, 2012

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Flag of Peru  , Arequipa,
Friday, August 5, 2011

A lot has happened since we left Huaraz and the Cordillera Blanca.

July 27:
From Arequipa we take a 7-hour bus ride to go climb the 3rd highest peak in Peru (Nevado Coropuna, 6,425m). The bus drops us in the middle of nowhere at 4,700m on the altiplano at 11pm and we pitch out tent in an abandonned building.

July 28:
We ascent to the high camp at 5800m. The scenery makes us feel like we are on the moon.

July 29:
Summit push (Nevado Coropuna, 6,425m). We depart at 4am and reached the summit in strong, cold winds 4.5 hours later. That was our 5th and last 6000m peak in Peru. That same day we head down all the way to the road.

July 30:
Today, all we desire is head to Canon de Cotahuasi, at 3,500m of depth, the deepest canyon in the world. The town of Cotahuasi is only 3-hours away and although we are standing on the only access road to the canyon, we have to wait a long 6 hours for the first vehicle to show up. Luckily we get a ride from the truck driver. Shirley gets the comfortable ride inside the cabin, while Kevin and Yannick are sitting exposed to the elements on the roof of the truck. There are 2 big bulls in the back of the truck who are going to participate in a bullfighting event so they get to enjoy the back of the truck to themselves. The ride on the roof is dark and cold and Kevin and Yannick escaped from it without frostbites. At 8pm, we reach the village of Cotahuasi and check in in a small hostel.

July 31:
We go explore the canon on foot and head downstream for a few hours. We cross the river a few times on exciting suspended bridges and finish the day at a waterfall where we set up the tent for the night.

August 1:
We continue heading down canyon and the scenery becomes more and more wild and desolated. After 5 hours of walking we end up in a hot spring, then catch the 3pm bus back to the town of Cotahuasi.

August 2:
Our next plan is to go check out the Bosque de Piedra, which requires a 2-hour bus ride.
upon arriving in town we played soccer, then frisbee with the kids in town, then go check out a nearby waterfall. In the afternoon, we head uphill for 4-hours to the Bosque de Piedra. Where we spend a cold night at 4,700m with commanding views of the canyon and the surrounding 6000m mountains.

August 3:
We realize thatĘthe main part of the Bosque de Piedra is below us. We tried to head for it but shear cliffs made us turn around and go back to where we came from. in the afternoon, we head back to Cotahuasi.

August 4:
5th and last day in the deepest canyon in the world. Today we decide to relax and head for the thermal baths in Luicho, a 1h bus ride away. Nice chilling a bit. The water is almost too warm.
In the late afternoon, we take the bus for a 10-hour ride back to Arequipa (2nd biggest city of Peru).
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Frank Pineda on

Riding on the back of a truck like that is always fun !!!
Thanks for posting dudes !!!

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