At Peru for Less, we are a group of experienced travelers who pride ourselves on providing helpful advice to those seeking to expand their horizons with a trip of a lifetime. One of our travel advisors, Kendra D., had the opportunity to trek to the secluded Cotahuasi Canyon, the deepest canyon in the world. On her trip, she discovered firsthand what life is like for many Peruvians living deep in the Andes Mountains.
Kendra D. explores Cotahuasi Canyon
Cotahuasi Canyon: The world’s deepest canyon
Cotahuasi Canyon cuts 11,560 feet into the earth. Winding through the Andes Mountains about 124 miles northeast of the beautiful city of Arequipa, Cotahuasi Canyon is very remote and does not receive a lot of tourists. Roads are narrow and undeveloped, so the fourteen-hour bus ride from Arequipa to the town of Cotahuasi can feel like an epic journey into the wilderness. But this is all part of the appeal, “to visit a natural wonder that is not so commercialized, like Colca Canyon,” according to Kendra.
With a variety of recreational activities, such as hiking, visiting the thermal hot springs, whitewater rafting, and wildlife watching, Cotahuasi Canyon is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. On a trip through the canyon, visitors can expect to experience the tranquility of the natural terrain, explore the stomping grounds of pre-Inca civilizations, and learn of a different, simpler way of life.
Kendra’s tale of a simple mountain life in Peru
While exploring the canyon over the course of 4 days, Kendra fell in love with the simple, yet wholesome lifestyle of the people. She comments, “This is so, so remote, I have never been that far removed, and it is a very simple lifestyle, but everyone is very happy.” Spending 8 hours a day hiking through the canyon and sharing homegrown fruits, veggies and foodstuffs with the local people, Kendra discovered not only the beauty of the landscape, but also found a deep appreciation for the society hidden in the Andes Mountains, sheltered from urban chaos.
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Katy is no stranger to the life of an international traveler. After graduate school, Kathleen worked in California in the legal field, but later realized that life was calling her in a different direction. After a short time in Peru, she fell in love with the culture, the people, the food, and the way of life. Now Kathleen calls Lima her “home away from home,” although she frequently visits the warm, sunny northern Peru to see friends and surf.