Cotahuasi River Expedition
Our Cotahuasi Rafting Expedition features some of the most continuous, classic, technical whitewater on earth. Fifty miles of non-stop class 4 and 5 whitewater hammering at a gradient of 60 feet per mile as we drop from put-in, downstream of 300 foot Sipia Falls, to the Pacific Ocean. The Cotahuasi river canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world and offers dramatic desert scenery and nights with more stars than you’ve ever seen!
In 2001, we ran the first commercial descent of the Cotahuasi River, which was featured in the December 2001 issue of Outside Magazine. The whitewater itself is enough of a reason to embark on this adventure. However, the Cotahuasi also offers an incredible hike to put-in on an Inca footpath and a journey back into time as we admire the hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and artifacts that litter the canyon. We hosted the first archaeologist that had ever been down the canyon and he gave us information and guidance on admiring, while protecting, these ancient treasures.
With time to visit magnificent Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a scenic drive in private Land Cruisers to the quaint town of Cotahuasi, and all the technical whitewater you can handle, this is an adventure of a lifetime.