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Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

1. Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

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.

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

2. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then return to base-camp to spend the night. Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, take a 40-minute car ride towards Santa Teresa where attractions include hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Here you will spend the night.  Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, canopy, or hot springs. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing trough waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. You will have some free time to explore at leisure and you can use it to climb to Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain (if booked in advance). Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail. Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Tickets

3. Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Tickets

The Salcantay Mountain is one of the most beautiful in Peru and is considered sacred by local villagers. Spend five unforgettable days hiking alongside the majestic mountains, taking time to enjoy each magical location and feel the energy through meditation, yoga and exercise. As a final treat, you will join the Inca Trail for a short section before arriving at Machu Picchu via the stunning Llaqtapata. On Day 1, after a delicious breakfast, you will embark on a 4-hour walk up to Soyrococha (4400 m / 14430 ft) where a chef will be waiting to serve you lunch. You will continue climbing for one more hour to reach Salkantay Pass (4650 m/ 15255 ft). From the top it will be another 3 hour downhill hike to the campsite at Wayracmachay (3800 m/ 12467 ft). Your tent, a snack and a hot drink will be waiting for you. You will then have some time to rest and have dinner before a well-earned nights sleep. On Day 2, you will be woken bright and early with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. You will spend 9 hours on this trek. On Day 3, you will trek for 9 hours once more and arrive at Llaqtapata, an Inca ruin located in front of Machu Pichhu. On Day 4 you will trek for 6 hours to Aguas Calientes and spend a night in a hotel before finally spending Day 5 with a visit to Machu Picchu. Your guide will take you on a 2 to 3-hour comprehensive tour of the city before leaving you in Machu Picchu to explore on your own. Your guide will explain how to take the bus from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes and then take the train and bus back to Cusco. The team will meet you off the train and return you safely to your hotel.

Cusco: Humantay Lagoon Full Day Tour with Meals

4. Cusco: Humantay Lagoon Full Day Tour with Meals

Start your day with an early morning wake up as you head out from Cusco to Mollepata to enjoy a delicious breakfast to set you up for the day ahead. After breakfast, journey on to Soraypampa and marvel at the stunning scenic views of the snow-capped mountains, including Salkantay mountain which sits 6230 above sea level. Next, begin the 3 km walking hike to Humantay Lagoon which takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. At the Lagoon, gaze at the stunning waters and catch your break at you take in these beautiful once-in-a-lifetime views. On your travel back to Soraypampa, relax in your private transport and watch out for the views along the way then enjoy a tasty local lunch before returning to Cusco.

From Cusco: Budget Salkantay Trek with Return by Car

5. From Cusco: Budget Salkantay Trek with Return by Car

DAY 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Laguna Humantay - Soraypampa Get picked up from your accommodation in Cusco. Pass through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo before arriving at Mollepata, where you can buy a light breakfast or supply water. Continue until you reach Challacancha, from where the 3-hour walk begins to Soraypampa. Stop for lunch and then walk around 1-2 hours to the Humantay Lagoon. Return to Soraypampa and overnight at camp with tent and dinner. DAY 2: Soraypampa - Soyrococha - Salkantay - Huayracmachay - Chaullay Wake up with the first lights of the day at 5:30 AM and have a quick but energizing breakfast. Start a walk to the highest point of the trail, the Salkantay Pass (4650 MASL - 15255 FASL), where you will appreciate the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay and Pumasillo mountains. Hike down the snake-shaped path, leading to the Huayracmachay camp where you will stop for lunch. At the end of this exceptional hike, arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 MASL - 9514 FASL) for a break from a long day of hiking. Stay overnight at the camp with a tent and dinner. DAY 3 - for 5-day option: Chaullay - Playa Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Santa Teresa (optional Cocalmayo) After the comforting breakfast, continue the walk to the small town of La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley. Stop here for lunch and then board a bus to the camp in Santa Teresa. You'll arrive at the camp where you can optionally enjoy the hot springs of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which are medicinal and therapeutic waters. Stay overnight at the camp with a tent and dinner. If you choose the 4-day option, you will be taken by bus to Hydroelectric right after your lunch in La Playa. From there, start a 3-hour walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town. DAY 4 - for 5-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After a typical breakfast, you will start the walk to the Hydroelectric through the valley floor for an average of 3 hours. Upon arrival, recharge with a lunch. You can choose add-on a zip line adventure after your breakfast; in this case, after the activity, you will be taken by transport to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. From Hydroelectric, start a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town. DAY 4 for 4-day option / DAY 5 for 5-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Get up early to start the trek to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. The steep walk will last approximately 1:30 hours, and the objective is to appreciate the sunrise from the Inca citadel and be the first to arrive.  The walk up to Machu Picchu requires a fair physical condition — you can also choose add-on a bus to Machu Picchu at the checkout if you don't want to do the walk. Get a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you chose one of the extra hikes to one of the mountains you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, you can choose add-on these hikes at the checkout. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes either by foot or by bus, depending on the add-on at checkout. Once in Aguas Calientes, start the walk back to Hydroelectric where your guide will be waiting to gather the group to return to the city of Cusco. Be back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in San Francisco square in the historic center, near Plaza de Armas. Please have in mind this is a budget friendly tour and does not include the train back to Cusco. Distance traveled by car/van from Hydroelectric to Cusco is approximately 5 to 6 hours.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour

6. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour

Day 1 – Humantay Lake Have a morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and continue on a 2-hour ride enjoying the beautiful landscapes until reaching Soraypampa. Enjoy breakfast prior to the trailhead. Begin your adventure along a photogenic path called the “Camino Real,” as you gain altitude. Continue for another hour and a half, ascending 360mts/1,200 feet in just 2 miles up a steep path. After conquering the last hill, you'll gaze down on a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier. The hike is dominated by Salkantay Peak, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering more than 6,000mts/20,600 feet with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 5,900mts/19,412 feet, is also within view. Once on the shores, enjoy, relax, and take pictures. When ready to hike back, descend to Soraypampa for lunch. After lunch, it’s time to take the transportation back to Cusco downtown arriving in the late afternoon. Day 2 – Rainbow Mountain Today, you'll visit the trendy Rainbow Mountain, famous for becoming viral on social media. Located in the southeast of Cusco in the middle of the Andean mountain ranges. After a morning pick-up from your hotel, venture on a 3-hour drive passing valleys, rivers, mountains, and some smaller communities. Reach Hanchipacha, to enjoy breakfast, then head to the starting point which is already at 4900 meters above sea level. From here you will hike uphill for about 45 minutes to the highest point of the excursion at 5000 meters. Pass the unique formations of the rainbow mountain range and enjoy the breathtaking views at the snow-capped Ausangate, the second-highest in Peru. Once on top of the viewpoint, you'll have the Vilcanota Mountain range in front of you. Have all the time to rest and take pictures. After the exploration, back to Cusipata and enjoy a rewarding lunch. Take the bus to return to Cusco arriving in the late afternoon.

Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

7. Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco, Humantay Lake, and Aguas Calientes Pickup will be between 4:30AM and 5:00AM from your Cusco accommodation. From there you will drive for 2 hours to Mollepata for breakfast, then 1 more hour to the starting point of Soraypampa. Once there you will begin your trek to the Humantay Lake, where after you have spent some time exploring, you will descend to Soraypampa before traveling onward to Mollepata. Once having arrived there you will enjoy a delicious lunch as cooked for your chef. Following lunch, continue by van for 3.5 hours to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, where once you arrive your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your hotel. You will later have free time to explore the town, before retiring for the evening. Day 2: Machu Picchu and Cusco You will wake up early in the morning to take the bus to Machu Picchu. Following an approximately 30-minute ride, you will reach the site's gates. Once you have arrived to Machu Picchu, you will meet with your tour guide to begin your tour. Your guide will explain and educate you all about the function, history, and construction of the area, and once you are done enjoying this famous and sacred site, you will travel back to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will then have time to visit and explore Aguas Calientes Town, and can potentially also explore some neighboring hot springs. There are also plenty of restaurants, hotels, and bars, where you can relax for the afternoon before boarding your respective train. In the early evening you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, before being transferred back to Cusco.

Cusco: Private Full-Day to Humantay Lake with Meals

8. Cusco: Private Full-Day to Humantay Lake with Meals

Start your adventure early at 5:00 AM with hotel pickup. Take a scenic trip of around 3 hours to the village of Mollepata for a delicious breakfast, and recover energy to go to Soraypampa. From this point, start your walk and rely on your guide to take you safely from point to point. If you wish, you can rent horses offered by the inhabitants of the area. During the ascent, take the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Spot some native birds of the area and get great views of the Andean landscape. Enjoy your small lunchbox and replenish your energy. Once you reach your goal, feel delighted with the spectacular views of the Humantay Lagoon and its turquoise waters. Don't miss the chance to take spectacular photographs. Thank the Pachamama and the Apus in a small ritual with coca. After having relaxed, descend to Soraypampa where your transport will be waiting for you to take you to Mollepata. Finally, head back to the city of Cusco.

From Cusco: 2-Day 1-Night Humantay Lake Trek & Machu Picchu

9. From Cusco: 2-Day 1-Night Humantay Lake Trek & Machu Picchu

You will be picked up from your hotel between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. Then, travel approximately 2-hours to Mollepata village, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. After breakfast in Mollepata, continue your journey towards Soraypampa, where you will begin your trek to Humantay Lake. After walking for 1.5-hours, see the wonderful Humantay Lake, considered as a sacred mountain in Incan mythology. For this part of your trek, you can rent a horse to get to the lake. After, return to Mollepata where you will have lunch. Once you have finished lunch, travel back to Poroy. On arrival, your private transportation will be waiting for you to continue to Ollantaytambo, where you will board a train to Aguas Calientes. After the 2-hour train journey, you will stay overnight in a selected hotel. The second day is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Wake up early to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then travel to the bus station to try and catch one of the first buses, which begin at 5:30 AM. As soon as you arrive at the complex, your guide will take you to the best spot to overlook the ruins and get a panoramic view of the landscape. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise in order to get a spectacular view of the Lost City of the Incas. Then enjoy a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huayna Picchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Once you are done with exploring all that Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch. Then, take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo and from there the bus to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco

10. Trek to Humantay Lake from Cusco

Be collected from your accommodation between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM then travel to the city of Mollepata, where you will enjoy a typical breakfast. Then continue your tour to Soraypama. Travel along a photogenic path called the Camino Real, as you gain altitude. Reaching a tiny village, where few amenities exist, to start your hike to the Humantay Lake at an altitude of 4,250 meters. The ascent takes about an hour and a half. After conquering the last hill, gaze down onto a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier. Spend about an hour enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds you. Be filled with the energy of the mountain of the snowy Salkantay.  Descend to Soraypampa and have lunch while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the snowy peaks. Continue the trip to Mollepata, where you will enjoy lunch. Then return to Cusco and arrive at the city at 6:30 PM. 

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What people are saying about Humantay Lake

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 577 reviews

I can recommend this tour. The pick up was perfect and on time (I am German) and the guide super friendly and excellent. Food delicious, good driver and clean car. The tour is hard, really hard and includes going up half of a mountain. This I did not expect so and could be better described. I have nothing more to complain about.

The hike to the lake was challenging but definitely feasible if you just take breaks. It’s definitely worth it to see the lake at the top! The tour guide was friendly and helpful during the hike, and the meals were good. It’s a long day but one of the highlights of our trip!

The activity was perfect, the guide was great, the driver did it in a very good way and the Lagoon was magnificent, without words, the only thing to improve seems to me to be the breakfast

The organizers were always punctual , the activity was very good .

It was a great tour, the accommodation was better as I thought