Day trip

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Activity provider: Inka Altitude

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Activity provider: Inka Altitude

From US$ 34 per person

Explore Humantay Lake located north of Cusco, just behind the legendary snow mountain Apu Salkantay. This Humantay Lake day trip is the best way to enjoy the landscape of the region from the beautiful lake to the snowy mountains.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is available at downtown hotels in Cusco. Pickup times could run fifteen minutes late; please do not worry and continue waiting.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at Humantay Lake
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of Salkantay
  • Experience the local flavors of Cusco during your breakfast and buffet lunch
  • Explore the landscape during your 2 hour trek to Humantay Lake
Full description

Your professional tour guide will pick you up at your homestay, hostel or hotel in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Mollepata where we will stop for breakfast and pick up water and snacks for the trek. After breakfast travel one more hour to Soraypampa. Once you arrive at this high mountain plateau you will be able to see the beautiful mountains Apu Salkantay 20400 feet (6230 meters) above sea level and Humantay 17225 feet (5250 meters) above sea level.

After a short time preparing your day pack you will start the 2-hour trek to Humantay Lake. The way up to Humantay Lake is steep however your group is small and your guide will let you take your time to enjoy the trek. 

Enjoy the views of Humantay Lake and enjoy an optional small climb above the lake to the right or left where you can enjoy a panoramic view.  Next, you will have the easy part of your trek. Go downhill to Soraypampa for another hour. Then you will take your private transportation back to Mollepata where a local lunch will be waiting for you.

Once you finish your buffet lunch you will go back to Cusco arriving between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the drop-off near Plaza de Armas.

Includes
  • Hotel pickup
  • Downtown drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Breakfast and buffet lunch (vegetarian option)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottle (for emergencies)
  • 1 Wood stick (optional)
  • Entrance fee
  • Horse (can be rented for 80 soles one way)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo
  • People with respiratory issues
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Rain gear
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  •  You will need to climb 1.8 miles (3km) to reach the top of Humantay Lake; all participants should be in relatively good physical condition
  •  Bring an extra warm sweater, jacket, hat, and gloves as the first few hours of the tour will be very cool
  •  If for any reason you need to rent horse, please know that the activity provider does not manage these rentals and will not be involved in the process
  •  The activity provider cannot be held responsible for the change of weather conditions during your tour; it is recommended to learn more about weather conditions via apps or any other method and then to choose the best day of departure based on that research
  •  Since a pick-up service is included, please note that the activity provider can take 30-45 minutes to pick up the entire group, therefore if you are one of the first to be picked up it might take some time before the tour starts to finish collecting the whole group
  • Only available local currency for entrance fees and extra expenses
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 126 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Although only 1-1.5hrs, this is a tough hike because it is a vertical climb for almost the whole way. But once you get to the top, the view is stunning! I recommend bringing cocoa sweets and drinking lots of water to help adapt to the altitude. It gets very cold too - bring layers including a beannie. The food is plentiful, and the buffet lunch was particularly great - even for me as a vegan. The car ride is a bit rough because of the poor condition of the road, but it's only about 1hr of the 3hr trip. 10/10 would recommend.

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November 24, 2022

We were picked up by our hotel around 4AM. Very punctual with a great guide and experienced driver (the route going to the trail can be scary since some parts are so closee to the cliff side hehe). We stopped for breakfast and lunch and they were both delicious!! Make sure you dress in layers, it was a little cold in the beginning, but once you start the hike it gets warmer. Acclimate in Cusco for about a day or two prior to doing this hike. Take your time in hiking- this will take between 1-2 hrs. There are horses available at the start if needed. This tour provides a hiking stick which really helps. The views along the hike were incredible & once you get to the lake,— it is a sight to see and experience!! Very beautiful and serene. Take some time to just enjoy it and immerse in it before taking photos. There were a lot of people at the time we went, but you can hike a little higher to the right or left side youll get a quieter and better view of the lake and mountain. Beautiful day!!

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November 5, 2022

be physically prepared for an ascent of one hour and 30 minutes. You have the help of horses that can help you for 80 Peruvian soles/20 dollars. The trip takes 3 hours, so it is advisable to make a private trip for two or three people and to take pictures, since around noon it is full of tourists.

October 29, 2022

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