Cotahuasi District

Cotahuasi
Kutawasi
District
Cotahuasi canyon with the village of Cotahuasi and the mountain Wiñaw (on the right) as seen from the southwest
Cotahuasi canyon with the village of Cotahuasi and the mountain Wiñaw (on the right) as seen from the southwest
Country Peru
RegionArequipa
ProvinceLa Unión
CapitalCotahuasi
Government
 • MayorJusto Pastor Totocayo Garate
Area
 • Total166.5 km2 (64.3 sq mi)
Elevation2,683 m (8,802 ft)
Population (2005 census)
 • Total2,974
 • Density18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Time zonePET (UTC-5)
UBIGEO040801

Cotahuasi District is one of eleven districts of the province La Unión in Peru.[1]

Cotahuasi is placed in the highest Andean place of Arequipa's department, in the Peruvian south. This province is characterized by its steep relief: cut here and as far back as rivers and gullies, with an altitud that different between the 1,000 and the 6,093 m.s.n.m., with 19 ecological floors. Its rural and isolated nature has made it so that its traditional customs and peoples have not gotten lost, such as has happened in neighboring provinces.