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Humantay Lake

If your way is to enjoy nature and trekking, this place is ideal. Humantay, is a mountain covered with snow that is part of the Andean mountain range.Ready for the adventure? Cusco undoubtedly does not cease to amaze us because there are the most curious and unusual landscapes sometimes we can even say almost interplanetary landscapes like the mountain of colors most known as Rainbow Mountain that you can find here. The Humantay Lake is formed as a melting product of a large snowy mountain that in turn forms part of a mountain range called "Cordillera de Vilcabamba" or Mountain Range of Vilcabamba. What makes the Humantay Lake distinctive is the natural color that it possesses since it does not have much marine flora in its waters. It has an indescribable color in words, but understandable to the eyes, forming a unique landscape when travelers seek to capture the ideal moment with his cameras and capture the most amazing  landscapes experiences and moments all this and more make Humantay Lagoon an ideal place that you must visit if you travel to Cusco - Peru. However, the geographical environment of this lagoon is also unique since it serves as the first camp on the Salkantay trek.


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Very early in the morning you will embark in a journey of 2 and a half hours from the city of Cusco to the town of Mollepata, this time is enough to enjoy the Andean landscape and the warm valleys that bring so much harmony. In this town you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, since you will return to the bus to travel to the community of Soraypampa. Soraypampa is the town from which we will leave in the direction of the Humantay lagoon and the only thing to do is follow a one-way road, it should be said that there is no worry of getting lost since the end of this road is the Humantay lagoon. The Humantay lagoon witnessed several events carried out by their own visitors such as requests for hand, payments to the land, ceremonies with Andean masters, throwing coins to create a wish and romantic postcards that are easily virilized in social networks thanks to the unique landscape of this place. For the return to Cusco you will take the same one-way route not without first enjoying a lunch and taste organic local products of the area.

How to get to Humantay lake


Apacheta; the stone and devotion of the traveler:

Something similar to the Inukshuk of the Arctic Circle, the Apachetas are characteristic in the altiplano zone that includes sectors of Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Peru. Mounds of stones, one on top of the other, as an offering. Although you do not have a completely clear idea of the function they fulfilled in their origins. It is known that, at present, it is the travelers who ask that the misfortunes (chiknis) be removed from their path to continue the journey with health and tranquility. That is why most of the apachetas can be seen on the sides of roads and trails and also in Humantay Lagoon.

Apachetas Slkantay trek Machu


Humantay Lagoon - Mollepata :

If your thing is to enjoy nature and trekking, this place is ideal. Humantay, is a snow-covered mountain that is part of the Andean mountain range and gives rise to the formation of this splendid lagoon that, due to its unique turquoise color, generates the interest of foreign and national visitors. The walk to the place will make you feel a sense of peace and tranquility thanks to its natural beauty that you will run into. With a mystical air, the lagoon is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, deity that represents mother Earth in the Inca culture. Through the placement of stones (apachetas), an offering is offered to the Pachamama thanking her for having successfully arrived at the lagoon, as well as for asking him to accompany them on their journey. According to the inhabitants, the Humantay mountain is the youngest son of the Apu Salkantay, and they would be in charge of rationalizing and distributing the water that comes down from its snows to the populations that live at the foot of these impressive snowcapped mountains.

Humantay lagoon


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