Cusco undoubtedly surprises us every day more, and now it presents its natural wonder the famous Humantay Lagoon.
The Humantay Lagoon is formed as a thaw product of the Humantay Snowy which in turn is part of a mountain range called the Vilcabamba mountain range.
What differentiates the Humantay Lagoon from other lagoons, 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 their cameras capture a wonderful and magical landscape at the same time. All this and more makes the Humantay Lagoon a place very visited by all the tourists who visit Cusco.
Humantay Lagoon is 2 hours walk from the community of Soraypampa, in the district of Mollepata, province of Anta, department of Cusco.
How to arrive on your own?
To get to this natural wonder you will have to take a car from Cusco to Mollepata, at the Arcopata bus terminal (S / 15.00) for the time of 1 hour and 40 min. Arrived in Mollepata you will have to find a place where you can have breakfast (S / 5.00). After breakfast you have to hire the services of a taxi driver to take you to Soraypampa, the taxi will charge you an approximate S / 20.00 and if by chance there are more people who want to go they will get less. Then you will have to pay the entrance or entrance to Lake Humantay (S / 10.00).
After arriving in Soraypampa you will have to walk for at least 2 hours to reach the Humantay lagoon (if you do not want to walk you can rent a horse), the first 30 minutes of walking is semi-plane and the rest is already uphill.
You have to consider that you probably do not find mobility to return for what I recommend you to agree with the taxi driver to wait for you or come to pick up, there already enters your skills to negotiate prices. If there is no mobility, there are lodgings that range from 20 to 40 soles, there are also camping areas (take your tent) where you can stay. If you plan to camp make sure you are very warm, since it is very cold at night.
How to arrive with travel agency?
This day begins with the pick-up at your hotel between 4:30 and 5:00 am, we will board our mobility to travel northwest from the city of Cusco to the city of Mollepata. This trip will show you the lush valley of the Apurimac. River.
In this small and picturesque town we will have a deserved breakfast to fill us with energy, then we will continue our trip to the starting point of the trek, the town of Challacancha which is at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,811 feet) after a short break , we will walk to Lake Humantay located at an altitude of 4,180 meters (13,714 feet), after the ascent of 2 hours and 20 minutes we can appreciate the wonderful landscape, after the explanation of Our guide and to take the photos of the memory.
We will have some time to enjoy the place and, finally, return to the place of Challacancha, enjoy our delicious box lunch and be transferred to the city of Cusco.
Would you like to hire a tour? Quote yours Laguna Humantay Tour.
Here you have the map or route that you must follow from Cusco to Lake Humantay.
What to see in the Humantay Lagoon?
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 encounter.
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. By placing stones (apachetas), an offering is given to the Pachamama thanking him for having successfully reached the lagoon, as well as asking him to accompany them on their tour.
According to the settlers, the snowy Humantay is the youngest son of the Apu Salkantay, and they would be in charge of rationalizing and distributing the water that flows from their snows to the populations that live on the slopes of these impressive snowfalls.
The Humantay Lagoon is located at 4200 meters above sea level.
Between the months of December and April the climate in the Humantay lagoon is temperate with precipitation, while between May and November the weather is cold but with a lot of sun during the day.
The difficulty of the walk to the Humantay Lagoon is medium. You have to walk 3.5 km for the time of 2 hours approx. (according to physical condition), if you do not have a good physical condition we recommend you rent a horse at the beginning of the bed, the price is S / 100.00 approx. round trip, it depends a lot on the demand of the day.
Where can you stay?
In the Limatambo district and Mollepata there are lodging houses where prices range from S / 20.00 to S / 45.00.
- Inti Killa Hostel
- Casona Mollepata Lodging
- Lodging Lord of Huanca
Where to eat?
You can find tourist restaurants and several local restaurants in Mollepata.
- La Herradura Salkantay Restaurant
- Salkantay Shelters Restaurant
- Casa Salkantay Restaurant
- Don Julio Mollepata Restaurant
- It is recommended to visit the lagoon in the morning hours to avoid chasing the return of the ducks to the lagoon.
- To start the walk it is suggested to wear comfortable clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or hat and a trekking stick.
- If you go alone to Humantay Lagoon, we recommend hiring the services of a travel agency, as it will be cheaper.