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Humantay Lake Cusco

Between Snowy and Turquoise Waters: Unforgettable Experience on the Humantay Lagoon Trek in Cusco

Laguna Humantay hike in Cusco

All day Tour: Hiking and Adventure Min: 1 person
Murilo S
Ótima experiência! Representante da agência sempre a disposição. Guia prestativo e comunicativo, bom local para realizar as refeições. Recomendo utilizarem o representante brasileiro Luis! Muito atencioso e prestativo.
Murilo S
Ótima experiência, recomendo demais!! Vistas incríveis, guia muito bom e todo o apoio prestado pelo Luis, colaborador da agência. Foi muito fácil e prático viajar com a RAP
Elias Pereira
Incrível País incrível e receptivo... Acessória completa em todos os passeios... Destaque para o a gente de Turismo Luiz Carlos Brasileiro, que me deu todo suporte necessário desde a chegada ao Peru e assessoria em todos os Tours... Gracias RAP TRAVEL PERU
Una Aventura increíble en Machupicchu Estuvimos por más de 1 semana recorriendo todo el Perú con la agencia Rap Travel, nos vamos muy contentos porque nos cumplieron con todo y más por lo que recomendamos a esta agencia todo muy coordinado y principalmente Carlitos Vizcarra el mejor guía estaremos pronto de vuelta gracias por todo
Patricia C
Una experiencia única en Perú y Machupicchu Contratamos los servicios de Rap Travel Perú, fue una experiencia muy hermosa, todo estuvo muy organizado el transporte a tiempo los guías muy profesionales todo muy coordinado y u. Saludo muy especial para Carlos y José que estuvieron super 100 % recomendados, volveremos pronto
Leann C
10/10 would recommend Our tour guide did such an awesome job! They made you feel like a part of the family so thank you!!
Amir N
The trip of a lifetime! My best friend and I chose this tour to celebrate our 30th Birthdays - it was Amazing!!! We had a really nice time visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu and going to the Rainbow Mountain. The tour guides were really nice and we told us a lot about everything. We visited in November and for Machu Picchu this was amazing - it was misty in the morning and sunny by mid-morning, so we got to see it with all weather types. Highly recommend going at 6am and spending most of the day there - circuit 2 and 4 were great! We even hiked up one of the mountains. Carlos, Judy, and Wilson were great and really educated us about each site.
Fotios S
Great way to experience Peru The tour was a great way to experience Cusco, the sacred valley, Machu Picchu and the Vinicunca mountain. We only had 4 full days, and it was the right amount of time. I was there with my best friend celebrating our 30th, so we will always cherish this moment. The tour guides (Carlos, Judy, and Wilson) were very friendly and knowledgeable. They helped us get immersed to the history of the Incas, and made us feel comfortable throughout the trip. The accommodation provided as part of the package was very adequate, and the overall experience was great.
Encantos en Cusco Estamos muy contentos con los servicios que hemos recibido. Desde el recojo en el aeropuerto, fueron puntuales con un cartel con nuestro nombre. La habitacion que pedimos fue hermosa en el hotel Mayu con vista a la calle 7 borreguitos, Royer nos atendio muy bien 10/10. La agencia se comunicaba con nosotros todos los dias, para saber como nos hiba en el tour o si es que necesitamos ayuda. Realmente muy serviciales. En aguas Calientes Daniel, estuvo atento con nosostros . El tour en Machu Picchu fue realmente magico. Tenemos que agradecer mucho a Alicia por el tour bien planificado y a Jose Angel por todas las atenciones todos los dias, nunca nos dejo solos.
Servicio de calidad Buena atención, personalizada, se adecuan a las necesidades, escuchan sugerencias y son muy amables, muchas gracias!


Description Humantay Lagoon Hike in Cusco

With the Laguna Humantay Trek, you will appreciate the impressive and beautiful natural landscapes of the mountains and glaciers of the snow-capped Apu Humantay and Apu Salkantay, you will observe the peaceful turquoise waters of the Humantay Lagoon and the exotic flora and fauna of the Andean Cordillera. In addition, during the hike, you will be able to breathe the pure icy air of the Andes and also feel the peace and tranquility of the area.

The route will be divided as follows:

  • Asphalt road from Cusco – Mollepata: 98.5 km – By Bus
  • Carriage road from Mollepata – Soraypampa: 22 km – By Bus
  • Road from Soraypampa – Humantay Lagoon: 2.5 km – Hiking

The difficulty of the hike is medium to moderate, first we will climb a wide inclined slope, then it winds through a rocky slope; finally we will descend to a small gorge where the calm and cold waters that are born of the Humantay Lagoon flow.

The turquoise water of the Humantay Lagoon is due to the melting of the snow and fills the hole to form a lake. The erosion action of the glacier pulverizes the minerals in the rock over which it passes and the minerals form the sediments at the bottom of the lake and together with the micro algae of the species Microcystis aeruginosa and Oscillatoria give it its turquoise blue color. This impressive coloration is very vulnerable to the action of man, for this reason, it is forbidden to enter inside the lagoon.

Machu Picchu is the main destination visited by everyone who comes to Peru, and the Humantay Lagoon is also becoming one of the most visited places in Cusco, so we recommend you after your tour to Machu Picchu to reserve a space for the walk to the Humantay Lagoon with us.


Hotel pick up – Soraypampa – Laguna Humantay

  • 04.00 – 04.50 hrs We will start the pick up at your hotel.
  • 05.00 hrs Departure from Cusco in our transport to Mollepata, there we will stop for breakfast. Then we will move on to Soraypampa.
  • 09.00 hrs Arrival to Soraypampa – start of the road to Salkantay located at 3,880 meters above sea level.
  • 09.30 hrs We will start the hike to the Humantay lagoon.
  • 10.30 hrs Arrival to Humantay Lake. Beginning of the guided tour, our guide will illustrate why many come to its crystal clear waters to escape from the bustle of the city and routine. And those who want to breathe the 100% pure air of the Andes and observe nature in its wildest state.
  • It is known according to local tradition that the Apu Humantay, is the youngest son of the Apu Salkantay. And both are in charge of rationalizing and distributing the water that descends from its eternal snows to the many populations that live in its foothills. For this reason, the local population venerates this lagoon as a deity that represents the Pachamama.
  • In the surroundings of the lagoon you will observe innumerable apachetas (stones superimposed one on top of the other that are placed in sacred sites) that have been placed by the local population and by travelers as offerings of gratitude to the Pachamama or for having successfully reached the lagoon, and also to ask for protection on their journey.
  • 12.00 hrs After enjoying this unique and unforgettable experience in its natural environment. We will return to Soraypampa and board the bus to Mollepata.
  • 13.00 hrs Here we will renew our energies, having a delicious lunch.
  • 14.30 hrs In our transport we will start our return to Cusco.
  • 17.00 hrs Approximate arrival to Cusco, we will leave you near the main square.



  • Tourist transportation
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Entrance
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • First aid
  • Oxygen


  • Entrance fee to Laguna Humantay S/. 10.00
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips


  • It is recommended to acclimatize for at least 2 days in Cusco.
  • Carry a small backpack with warm clothes, water, snacks and rain poncho.
  • Wear comfortable trekking shoes



Humantay Lagoon


Minimum 02 people


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Laguna Humantay Frequently Asked Questions

The difficulty of the hike is considered medium to moderate. The trail includes a steep incline and rocky terrain.

The distinctive turquoise colour of the water of Laguna Humantay is due to the melting of the snow-capped Apu Humantay. The erosion of the glacier pulverises minerals in the rock over which it passes, and these minerals form sediments at the bottom of the lake. In addition, the presence of microalgae of the species Microcystis aeruginosa and Oscillatoria contributes to the lake’s vibrant turquoise blue colour.

No, it is forbidden to enter the water due to its vulnerability to human action.

Yes, Machu Picchu is the main destination in Peru and the Humantay Lagoon is becoming one of the most visited places in Cusco. We recommend booking space for both tours.

Yes, it is recommended to acclimatise for at least 2 days in Cusco before undertaking the hike to Laguna Humantay. Given the high altitude of the region and the physical intensity of the activity, acclimatising beforehand can help minimise the risk of altitude sickness. If you have specific medical concerns or experience symptoms of altitude sickness, it is crucial that you consult a medical professional prior to the tour.









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