This 3 day trek is recommended above the 2 day trek because you have more time to enjoy the views and take pictures. The trail is down hill, flat and uphill. Altitude range from 1900 to 3300 masl. Generally very little acclimatization is necessary if you have spent time in Arequipa, Puno or Cusco.
Day 1: Arequipa City to Condor’s Cross to San Juan de Chuccho We pick up from your hotel or hostel around 03:00 hrs and depart from Arequipa. After driving 4 hours, we stop in Chivay to have breakfast. Then, we continue to one of the most popular points of the canyon, “Condor’s Cross”. We stop for about 40 minutes to watch the Condor flying. We drive for 20 more minutes and then our trek downhill begins. We hike downhill from 3300 masl to reach the bottom which takes approximately 4 hours. We have lunch, dinner and stay overnight in San Juan de Chuccho village which has a tropical climate with a lot of vegetation. The accommodation is a basic room.
Day 2: San Juan de Chuccho to Malata to Oasis 08:00 hrs, after breakfast, we continue hiking and pass by Cosñirhua town, it is possible to see archaeological ruins left by Pre-Inca cultures around the area. Going on, we reach Malata town and its old Spanish church. Then we descend to the deepest part of our trek to Sangalle Village located at 1900 masl. We have dinner and sleep in bungalows.
Day 3: Cabanaconde to Chivay to Arequipa City 05:00 hrs, we hike up to Cabanaconde which takes around 3 hours. On arrival, we have breakfast in Cabanaconde and then take our transport to the hot springs and then go to Chivay.
In Chivay, we have a buffet lunch with food from the region and then head back to Arequipa. On the way back, we descend from 4830 to 2325 masl passing by a National Reserve and Pampa Cañahuas, which is a habitat for the 4 kinds of South American camelids. (Llama, Alpaca, vicuña and guanaco). We arrive in Arequipa at 17:30 hrs and drop you off next to Santa Catalina Monastery.
Transfer from Chivay to Puno
If you want to go to Puno instead of coming back to Arequipa, you can add this service in the booking section. Going from Chivay to Puno let you save many hours. Our bus departs at 13:15 hrs after having lunch in Chivay and arrives around 18:45 hrs in Puno. In the way to Puno we stop in Pampa Cañahuas and also in a nice spot to watch the Volcanoes so you won’t miss anything.