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1 Day Trip To Lake Humantay

Overview

Humantay Lake is a beautiful, crystal clear lake located in a Sacred Peruvian Valley near Cusco. The Humantay lagoon is a sacred site to many people and it’s considered one of the most important and beautiful lakes in all of South America. Below are some Humantay lake facts that you may find interesting!.

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Lake Humantay
Duration: 1 Day Tour
Tour Frequency: Daily
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

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Tour Timeline

Day 1 - Cusco to Lake Humantay

Day1 - Start of your Tour -
Leaving from Cusco to Lake Humantay
  • 4:30AM Meeting with Cusco – Activities passengers at designated place
  • 5:00AM Leaving Cusco by our transport to town Mollepata 
  • 7:00AM Arriving to Mollepata, Have a breakfast (takes about an hour)
  • 8:30AM arriving to Soraypampa. From here we will trek to the Lake Humantay which takes about 2 hours of 3km uphill hiking. Optional is a horse ride that costs additional 22USD (80 soles) and can be paid at Soraypampa  
Day 1 - Couple hours later -Visiting Lake Humantay
  • 10:30 AM we will get to the Lake Humantay. The difficulty level is from moderate to difficult due to weather and terrain conditions. 
  • Around 1 pm walking back to the bus
  • 3PM stop at Mollepata for lunch
  • 5pm arrival to Cusco, drop off at near Plaza des Armas

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What is included?

Includes

  • Transfers Cusco – Lake Humantay – Cusco 
  • Buffet stye breakfast at Mollepata
  • Professional bilingual tour guide
  • Entrance fee to Lake Humantay
  • Buffet style lunch at Mollepata
  • Medical assistance throughout the tour plus oxygen bottle for emergency

Does not include

  • Tips
  • Protective gear
Luggage storage Cusco

What to bring

  • Original Passport
  • Day Pack                      
  • Full rain gear or poncho
  • Sunglasses             
  • Sunscreen
  • Cold-weather jacket
  • Long-sleeve fleece/sweater Wool hat
  • Hiking boots
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended) 
  • Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount.
  • Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately.
  • Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  • You will pay a full fee which is completely refundable within 48 hours before your tour is due 
  • Your tour date can be re scheduled. Booking can be done online or minimum 1 day before the tour. 

1 Day Tour Lake Humantay

Lake Humantay by Bus

$ 45
  • Budget friendly and all year round

Lake Humantay by Motorcycle

$ 45
  • Prices includes 1 Day rental of motorcycle for 2 people, 2 helmets and gloves
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Facts of Lake Humantay

Humantay Lake is a beautiful, crystal clear lake located in a Sacred Peruvian Valley near Cusco. The Humantay lagoon is a sacred site to many people and it’s considered one of the most important and beautiful lakes in all of South America. Below are some Humantay lake facts that you may find interesting!.

What facts do we know about Machu Picchu?  

  • Laguna Humantay is located roughly 75 miles (122 KM)to the northwest of Cusco

  • Machu Picchu and the Inca trail are located to the south of this sacred lake

  • The surrounding mountains, Humantay Mountain and Salkantay mountain are part of the greater Vilcabamba Mountain range which includes Macha Picchu

  • Spanish is the local language of Peru

  • Sol is the currency of Peru. 1 sol = 24 US cents (0.24c)

  • You can travel to the lake without tour guide

  • The cost of entry to the Lake National Park is 10 soles ($3) entry fee (per person)

  • The blue and green coloration of the lake is due to the mineral high run off from the surrounding glaciers

  • The lake is located in the mountains at an altitude of 4,200 metres or 13,780 feet

  • The Lake was considered sacred by the Incan people and to this day is visited by Shamen and other spiritual healers.

  • The tradition is for travelers is to leave an ‘Apacheta’ or stone offering at the lake edge, balanced on top of other offerings and offer a thank you to Pachamama for safe passage to the laguna and return travels

  • Due to the altitude it is recommended to acclimate in the town of Cusco for at least two days prior to attempting the assent hike

  • Humantay lake is a cold area all year round. Yearly averages are between 4-12 degrees Celsius

  • Summers are humid and rainy, while winters are chilly and bright. The weather is bitterly cold from November to March. Summer comes between April and October.

HOW THE HUMANTAY LAKE FORMED?

When the glaciers began their latest retreat less than 20, 000 years ago, masses of ice carved and scrubbed the land as they moved slowly along leaving moraines. Now the melting waters from the remaining ice of Humantay Mountain filled the depression between the lateral and terminal moraines, and Humantay lake Peru has originated taking the same name of the mountain above.

 HUMANTAY LAKE A PREFERRED TOURISM DESTINATION AND HOW IT BEGAN

Let’s get back a little bit into the story of what happened when the famous Inca trail became overcrowded. There had to be some way to get to Machu Picchu, thus why well into the XXI century, a team of two expert mountain guides decided to venture traversing the Salkantay pass and the valleys behind in order to set the trail. As a result, Salkantay trek became the official Alternative hiking path to Machu Picchu.

Later on, while following this trek, visitors would frequently hear from the locals about Humantay Lake. They would point its location just behind the moraine not far from the Salkantay base camp. Then visitations began and as same as in the Rainbow Mountain travelers flooded social media with photographs of it.

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