Humantay Lake Tour in Cusco is one of the most top rated day trips in Peru. This full day from Cusco takes you the most photographed turquoise lagoon. It nestles 4,200 metres above sea level. Humantay Lake is also known as Lago Humantay or Laguna Humantay locally. This is the first stop on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
Lago Humantay impacts its visitors with its colours and immensity. Melting glaciers of Humantay mountain feeds the lake. It is located on the base of the highest peak of Vilcabamba Mountain Range, Mount Salkantay. This is one of the sacred lakes to the people in Andes. Infact, Andean Priests (Shamans) visit the lake to offer their gratitude. This ritual is known as Apacheta. They pile stones on top each other to express their gratefulness to Pachamama (Mother Earth).
This high altitude lake with turquoise waters is one of the hidden gems. It takes an hour and a half hike to reach there from the nearest camp. If you are not keen on hiking, you can rent a horse all the way up. The route offers some of the captivating sights of Andean highlands. On the way, you will be crossing many farms. You will also see Andean Camelids, Alpacas and llamas grazing.
We have dedicated local travel guides. They are locals and have extensive knowledge on culture, traditions and trekking routes. To make this full day trip more enjoyable, we offer breakfast and lunch. We also carry oxygen shots if you have altitude sickness while hiking.
We highly recommend you to spend some time acclimatising in Cusco. You can experience one of our signature trips to Sacred Valley or Cusco City Tour while acclimatising. These tours are a good introduction to the history and life in the Andes.
At 0500 AM we will pick you up from your hotel. We will then drive you in our private transport to Mollepata. It will be a three hour drive. Here we will stop for breakfast. After breakfast, we will continue to Sorayapampa.
The trek begins here. After a short briefing on safety our, tour guide will lead you. The trek up is through a scenic route that offers picturesque sights of the Andean valley. It takes about an hour and twenty minutes to reach there. If you find it hard to trek, you can rent a horse at the base camp.
At the summit, you will have some time to walk around and immerse in the beauty. Once you have had you fill of the breathtaking landscape, we will start our descend back to Sorayapampa.
We will stop for lunch in Mollepata. After lunch, we will drive you to Cusco. You will be dropped off at Plaza Regocijo, a block away from the main square. Plaza De Armas at 0530 PM.
Conocer la laguna humantay fue sorprendente, todos quedamos impresionados, teníamos muchas preguntas y el guía respondió a todas nuestras dudas fue muy profesional, disfrutamos de muchas vistas hermosas, hermosos paisajes , sin lugar a dudas recomiendo visitar este lugar
Excellent tour. It is a trail of approximately 2.5 km in 1h45min. It requires a reasonable physical preparation, because the first part of the trail is in a flat area, but the second part is practically only uphill, beg me. More than those who do not have a lot of effort, there is no option for locals to find cavalos for the climb. If you come down, you can be ugly, because he is very much a part of me. A view of the lagoon is worth or physical effort and an excellent option for nature lovers.