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Laguna Humantay Cusco – Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip

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As the trip to Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip is one of the most preferred day trips from Cusco. This full day from Cusco takes you to the most photographed turquoise lagoon. Laguna Humantay Cusco nestles at 4,200 meters above sea level. 

Humantay Lake is also known as Humantay Lagoon 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 feed 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 of 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. 

Why Visit Humantay Lake with kawsay Peru Travel?

kawsay Peru Travel is a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. 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 acclimatizing 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.

Departure & Return Location

Cusco Hotel Transfer

Departure Time

04:20 in the morning

Price Includes

  • Transport
  • Bi-lingual guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • First aid kit

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (10 Soles)
  • Guide Gratuity
  • Any Private Expenses

Things to carry

  • Daypack to carry your things.
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Peruvian soles in cash

Laguna Humantay

At 0500 AM we will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco. 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 Soraypampa.

The full day hike 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 in the breathtaking landscape, we will start our descend back to Soraypampa. 

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.

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Laguna Humantay Cusco – Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip was an extraordinary decision. The breathtaking beauty of the Humantay Lake and its surroundings left us in awe. The journey led by our guide was filled with fascinating insights into the natural wonders of the region. We hiked through picturesque landscapes and arrived at the pristine lake, surrounded by majestic mountains.

February 5, 2023