Our Humantay Lake Tour is a spectacular day trip from Cusco, perfect for nature lovers interested in a one day trek. Humantay Lake is a stunning glacial lake, with crystalline turquoise waters, surrounded by unbelievable mountain views.
Travel to Soraypampa in our private transport and then take a short hike to the gorgeous Humantay Lake. Stunning views of Salkantay and Humantay mountains complement the journey.
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Tarawasi is a ceremonial centre that dates to Incan times. One of the most striking features of this archaeological site is the presence of an usnu, a ceremonial structure where ritual offerings would be prepared.
Tarawasi comes from the words tara and wasi, in Quechua. Tara is a type of local tree, and wasi means “house,” so Tarawasi means “the house of the Tara tree”. Tara produces large bean pods that turn orange when ripe. The seeds inside are used as a natural dye, and also have medicinal purposes.
Leaving Tarawasi behind, we continue on our way another hour towards Mollepata where we will have breakfast, surrounded by imposing mountains and gorgeous landscapes. From Mollepata we continue one more hour to Soraypampa (3930m / 12,849 ft), where we will begin our day hike to Humantay Lake. Soraypampa has the extra benefit of being a prime location from which we can appreciate the majestic Salkantay mountain (6270m / 20,571 ft), the second highest mountain in Cusco.
Hiking to Humantay Lake
Arriving at Soraypampa we’ll do our stretches and get ourselves ready for the short hike to Humantay Lake! Our ascent on the Humantay Lake tour will take about an hour and a half. The first 45 minutes are fairly moderate, but then the trail get steeper during the latter half of this Humantay Lake trek.
Finally, we arrive at Humantay Lake Peru (4230m / 13,878 ft), with plenty of time to enjoy this natural marvel in all its splendour. Humantay Lake is truly a stunning lake, and this day hike is an easy way to take it in. Enjoy the views in quiet contemplation, or capture that perfect Insta photo. This is a great spot to enjoy your box lunch as well.
On our Humantay Lake tour, we also have the opportunity to explore the area a bit more, hiking uphill for about 15 minutes to reach another viewpoint for even more spectacular views of Humantay Lake, as well as the stunning Apu Humantay mountain (5480m / 17,979 ft).
After basking in nature’s beauty on this Humantay Lake day trip, we begin our hike back down to Soraypampa, where our day hike began. Here, our private transport will be waiting to take us back to Cusco, where we will arrive at around 7pm.
Total Walking Distance – 5km
Total Walking Time – 3 to 3.5h
Minimum Altitude – 3930m / 12,849 ft / Maximum Altitude – 4230m / 13,878 ft