Originating along the western slopes of the Andes. The Cotahuasi River takes the 221 mile route along ancient Inca trails amidst the towering 3,354 mts. deep Cotahuasi Canyon.
It is the deepest raftable canyon of Earth, with 100 miles of unadulterated Class IV-V whitewater action. In Cotahuasi, you have to hike across the Cataract de Sipia, which separates the river into its Upper and Lower sections in an unforgettable adventure. The river is wildness at its best. As the river drains out into the Pacific from a height of 6,000 feet, taste a rush of adrenaline in the High Side of Your Life rapid. However these thundering waters of Cotahuasi amidst breathtaking wilderness are for the hardcore rafters only.
In Cotahuasi Canyon, streams rush along volcanic landscapes and mystically colored canyon walls create a psychedelic ambience in this primeval rendezvous. The snow capped summits of 21,000 feet Coropuna Mountains form a wondrous background. The flora and fauna of the Cotahuasi Canyon are exotic and rare. Ichu grass is a permanent feature in the moorlands. Fleecy Vicuñas, llamas and condors are frequently seen throughout the rafting trip.
The most exciting feature of Cotahuasi river rafting trip is the ancient Inca ruins strewn around this untouched valley. Inca terraces in the Inca villages are a standard resting spot for rafters. Here, you may find remnants of Inca textiles on their mummies, skulls, pottery, wooden cups, tombs and secret tunnels. These treasures are sure to thrill the senses of rafters.