1 Day Moto Trip To Lake Humantay


The most visited place in South America exceeding over 2 million tourists per year. Cusco has many places to visit and the best way to do that is on motorcycle. Lake Humantay is very easy to get to from Cusco. Each way takes about 3-4 hours and its very enjoyable. Road is 70% paved asphalt. The scenery is also very nice if you go the way we tell you to. 

Lake Humantay
Duration: 1 Day Tour
Tour Frequency: Daily
Difficulty: Easy

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Day 1 - Cusco to Lake Humantay

Pick up your motorcycle
  • 7:00AM Meeting with us Cusco – Activities team in our office
  • We will explain you the trip in detail
  • Get your motorbike Sym NHT200 ready, sign the paperwork and you are ready to go
Visiting Lake Humantay

Trekking to the Lake Humantay takes about 2 hours of 3km uphill hiking. For those who are not fit we suggest to take a horse ride. Optional horse ride costs additional 22USD (80 soles) and can be paid at Soraypampa

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Road Map Info

Cusco to Lake Humantay
  • Distance 122 km 
  • Time 3-4 hours
  • 80% apshalt road

Note: Trip is very enjoyable. From Cusco to Mollepata is only asphalt road with quick sections and twisty corners. 

Mollepata to Lake Humantay is more gravel road. During sunny days, you can stop by the river and sit by the river near Mollepata if you have enough time. 

Enjoy your trip, we try to do the best for your Cusco experience

Lake Humantay On Motorcycle Video

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What is included?


  • 1 Day Motorcycle rental (Sym NHT200)
  • 2 Helmets and gloves
  • Rear Storage box 
  • First aid kit
  • Tyre repair kit
  • Soat Insurance
  • Phone holder
  • Fuel Full 2 Full

Does not include

  • Entrance fee to Lake Humantay (25 soles, you purchase on the way to Rainbow mountain)
  • Fuel has to be topped up upon return of motorcycle
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) 
  • $300 credit card guarantee for motorcycle
  • Each motorcycle rental has to be covered by deposit holding fee. 
  • Any equipment including equipment added to the motorcycle rental is covered by the deposit and shall be deducted should you cause any loss or damages
  • We reserve the right to scan a copy of your passport and credit card in case damages are exceeding the cost of recovery
  • You will be presented with a contract that includes price of spare parts that might need to be replaced should you cause any damage
  • We will provide you with a predeparture checklist to make sure condition of motorcycle and equipment will be the same as upon return of equipment
  • Our motorcycles are guarded by bars preventing damages in case of falls 
  • We rent our motorcycles with full tank only using 95 RON petrol. 
  • Motorcycle has to be returned with full tank of 95 RON. Additional charges will apply should you return motorcycle with less than full tank

1 Day Tour Lake Humantay Pricing

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

Moto-Gallery Lake Humantay

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.


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.


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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