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Humantay Lake Peru Day Trip is a popular day tour from Cusco Peru as Rainbow Mountain. Locally known as Laguna Humantay Peru, it is a turquoise lake nestled up in the Andes at 4,200 meters above sea level.
Humantay Lake gets its name from the snow-capped Humantay Mountain. The lake nestles on its foothills. It is fed by the melting snow from the hill.
This is the first stop on the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu. Humantay Lake Peru has been sacred to the Andean people since the Inca civilization. This is primarily because they worshipped the nature entities for good yielding.
Even today Shamans (Andean priests) hike up to the lagoon to offer Apacheta. It is a process of piling stones each on top of the other to thank Mother Earth (Pachamama) for accompanying them on their journey.
Humantay Lake Peru can only be reached by hiking for 1.5 hours from Soraypampa. If you are not keen on hiking, you can rent a horse at an additional cost.
From the summit, you will get a spectacular view of the Vilcabamba Mountain Range.
Lake Humantay is high up in the Peruvian Andes where it is subject to two seasons – dry season and rainy season. It rains in the Andes from November to March. It often gets cloudy and the trail gets slippery. The best time to visit Lake Humantay is during the dry season, between March and October.
Humantay Lake hike is a high-altitude experience, we highly recommend you to spend at least two days in Cusco before the full day hike and acclimate to avoid altitude sickness.
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Cusco Hotel Transfer
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving to Mollepata. Here we will be stopping for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will be continuing to Soraypampa. Here we will begin the hike to Laguna Humantay. The route offers enchanting views of the Andean highland farms. You will be able to spot many Alpacas and Llamas grazing.
Once at the summit, you will get a breathtaking view of the lagoon snuggled by the snow capped peaks. Our guide will be explaining the importance of this lagoon in the Andean mythology.
After touring the lagoon, we will begin our hike back down to the car park in Soraypampa. We will then drive you back to Mollepata. Here we will be serving you buffet lunch. After lunch, we will be driving you back to Cusco. We will be reaching Cusco by 06:00 PM.
Humantay Lake is located around 120 km from the city of Cusco.
The only way to get to Laguna Humantay is by road from Cusco. A little Andean village called Soraypampa serves as a gateway to the turquoise lake. From Soraypampa it is an hour and a half hike to the lake.
No, it’s not possible to swim in Lake Humantay. Swimming is forbidden to protect the algae and bacteria that give the lagoon its unique colors. Also, the waters of Humantay Lake are very cold, due to the high altitude and its closeness to a glacier.
Knowing the humantay lagoon is a wonderful experience. Erickson Travel took care of all the preparations for this adventure and I really do not regret it, they pick us up at the hotel at the indicated time. From that moment we were surprised by the punctuality, a guide who knew a lot about his wonderful country and again an excellent lunch, everything was respected according to the instructions of the agency.
The Humantay Lagoon is impressive and right now it is the third most visited attraction in Cusco by tourists (in front of it is Machu Pichu and the mountain of seven colors) so do not miss it.