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Cotahuasi Canyon | Arequipa, Peru


15° 15' 58.1616" S, 73° 1' 29.1" W
Cotahuasi Canyon

Oskune Waterfall - Photo: csjwilinton

Cotahuasi Canyon near the city of Arequipa in Peru is the second deepest canyon in the world after the Colca Canyon. The Cotahuasi Canyon is an impressive chasm that the river has eroded between two enormous mountain massifs: the Coropuna 21,079 ft (6425 m) and the Sulimana 19,990 ft (6093 m). One extends from spurs of the snow-covered Sulimana to the confluence with the Ocoña river. It is formed by the Cotahuasi River, arising at more than 15,580 ft (4750 m) in the lake Wansuqucha. It receives the tributaries of the Wayllapaña river in the neighborhood of Pampamarka, to the north, and the Huarcaya near Tumipampa, to the west, and is later joined by the Maran River to form the Ocoña River that ends at the Pacific Ocean.

This province is characterized by its steep relief: incised by rivers and gullies, ranging between 3280 and 19,985 ft (1000 and 6093 m), with 19 ecological zones. As is the case with cultures all over the world, the people of highland Arequipa Province are also changing with the times. Nonetheless, the altitude and remoteness of this region mean that residents have retained many of the practices that are now no longer common in neighboring regions.

The landscapes are quite many, from the rivers at the bottom of the canyon to the cold desert areas of the summits. There are 12 different ecosystems in Cotahuasi reserve. There are also a number of Inca and pre-Inca works including the many agricultural terraces still in use today. The region is also rich with culture and traditions, preserved by ancient Andean people : weaving, colonial churches, inca tracks, numerous festivals.

More infos: Wikipedia

Cotahuasi Canyon

Cotahuasi Canyon - Photo: HeyFeignante

Cotahuasi Canyon

Sipia Falls - Photo: cotahuasiasoturs

Cotahuasi Canyon

Cotahuasi Canyon - Photo: xtremesport4u

Cotahuasi Canyon

Cotahuasi Canyon - Photo: tlausser

SUBMITTED ON 11.27.2013.