Humantay Lagoon, also known as a turquoise lagoon for the color seen in the lagoon, is the ideal route for nature lovers who do not have many days but who will find spectacular landscapes, with exotic flora and fauna along this adventure hike through beautiful valleys and white mountains especially the Humantay lagoon considered one of the mountains and most sacred lagoons in the region. The Humantay Lagoon is located in the province of Anta, Cusco area that in recent months has been presenting other interesting places such as the well-known Cusquenian Canon of Condor in Chonta. It is located at an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level, the base of the Humantay mountain is at an approximate altitude of 4,560 meters above sea level, and the lagoon is surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes such as the snow of Salkantay (approximate altitude 6,264 meters above sea level).
In a city like Cusco, we sometimes get the feeling that we did not have enough time to get to know the most important places and even less unique and not very popular places which leaves us with the desire to stay and return to the mind. And this is how the city of Cusco once again surprises us by presenting a new alternative for travelers who wish to enjoy nature, and landscape in a place at the foot of a snow-covered mountain above 4,200 meters above sea level where, in addition to relaxing and feeling one with nature. Enjoy the Humantay Lagoon Tour on the Salkantay Route in 1 day with really beautiful landscapes that will leave you a great unforgettable memory. We invite you to feel and enjoy the Laguna de Humantay; make contact with nature on one of the most famous natural routes of the city of Cusco, Peru.
05:00 We pick you up from Hotel
08:00 Arrive in Mollepata
09:00 Mollepata- Soraypampa
10:00 Soraypampa- Humantay Lagoon
18:00 Arrive in Cusco
The Humantay lagoon next to its snow-covered lake of the same name is located northwest of the city of Cusco, in the town of Soraypampa, belonging to the District of Mollepata, Province of Anta, Department of Cusco, Peru.
During the walk, we will perceive the following altitudes:
We start the walk in the town of Soraypampa from this point to the Humantay lagoon is a distance of 2.25 km away, the average time to arrive is 45 min to 1h 20min. At the edge of the Humantay lagoon, you can see stone towers that are called Apachetas and are a symbol of respect for the lagoon and the Apus of the area that is considered as living sacred beings, where the offerings are also made with the sacred leaf of the Coca (Quintu »three coca leaves representing the 3 Andean worlds), asking for permission and invoking the Pachamama (mother earth) to take care of the people who visit them.
Humantay means Head of the gods, this is possibly due to being located on the slopes that overlook the High Jungle. The term Apu is a Quechua word that has several meanings, is translated as Mountain, god in other cases refers to the spirits that live in the highest mountains, when we call Apu snow or mountain is because it is sacred if we are at the Apu Salkantay or another mountain or snowy mountain we refer to it as an important and sacred place.
The one day hike to the Humantay lagoon has an average difficulty. Since the walking time is 1 h 20 min doing a route of 2.25 km and the demand is moderate.
Departure Point: Cusco - We pick you up from your hotel.
Departure Time: 05:00
Return Point: Cusco - Near to the main square
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class transport and professional bilingual guide (Spanish - English).
Physical Rating: 1 - Demanding - Easy
Age requirement: 2+ / All travellers under 18 age must be accompanied by an adult.
Tour Operator: Salkantay Trek Machu