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Getting Here and Around
Cotahuasi Canyon is a travel destination in the making, but outside of expert extreme sports enthusiasts, few people venture here. If you're not taking a bus or coming with a tour operator, driving anything but a 4x4 is asking for trouble. The jagged, rocky dirt roads are full of cliffs and narrow corners. Dry for most of the year, the roads get muddy from December to April (rainy season), a time when you're also likely to encounter random streams flowing across the road.
Hire a guide, regardless of season and not just for safety: Since this region is so remote, you're likely to see a lot more with a guide. All buses travel through the night. Three bus companies go from Arequipa to Cotahuasi daily; each leaves around 5 pm, arriving in Cotahuasi Village in time for sunrise: Transportes Cromotex (054/421-555), Transportes Reyna (054/430-612), and Alex Bus (054/424-605).
If you're driving, know that gas stations are few on the long stretch between Corire (near Toro Muerto) and the village of Cotahuasi.
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