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Humantay Lake day tour takes you to the picturesque turquoise lake which is a hidden gem in the Peruvian Andes. The turquoise waters are strikingly beautiful. It is a glacial lake. The name derives from the snow capped Humantay Mountain which feeds the lake.
To the Andean people the lake is sacred. Often, Shamans (Andean Priests), hike up to express their gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Nature) and to seek blessings of the Apus (Sacred Peaks). This is a process called, Apacheta. They pile stones each on top of the other and pray using the sacred coca leaves.
Humantay Lake Day Trip is a trip you cannot miss while in Cusco. The trek starts at a village called Sorayapampa. From here it is an uphill hike through a scenic route. If you are not keen on hiking, you can also rent a horse from the villagers.
At Machu Picchu Amazon Peru, we have a professional local guides who have immense knowledge on culture and traditions. Our guides are also trained on first aid and usage of oxygen.
Humantay Lake is a high altitude trek, we recommend you to spend at-least 2 days in Cusco acclimatising before the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
We offer both private tours and group tours.
Cusco Hotel Transfer
At 0400 AM, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Sorayapampa. This is the starting point of the Humantay Lake trek. On our way, we will have a brief stop in Mollepata. Here we will be serving you breakfast.
The trek begins at 3850 meters / 12631ft above sea level. From here it is a two hours hike up the hill to Humantay Lake. The trek takes you through beautiful sights of Andean farms and villages. You will have the opportunity to meet some Andean farmers who call this place their home. Here you will also get to see Andean camelids, Alpacas and Llamas grazing.
If you feel tired to hike, you can jump on a horse back at an additional cost all the way up. Once on top, you will have a stunning sight of Humantay Lake. Your tour guide will share some local insights with you.
After the tour, we will start our trek back down to the parking lot in Sorayapampa. From here we will drive back to Mollepata. We will have lunch here.
After lunch, we will be driving back to Cusco.