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Humantay Lake

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“day trip”(23 reviews)
“high altitude”(11 reviews)
The Humantay lake altitude is 4200 m.a.s.l and this make an unique weather and temperatura in this area. The Humantay lake Temperatura can arrive to 5º C during the day and at nIght drop down to 0º C.
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| Plaza De Mollepata, Cusco 08000, Peru
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A group of us joined a one-day tour from Cusco to walk the hike to see Humantay Lake. It was most definitely worth it. The walk is flat from the car park but gets progressively steeper. That said, by taking your time, the vast number...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank callcrookie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located on the foothill of Humantay glaciar.The best pictures are taken in a sunny day, it turns into turqoise color. But the hike itself it's beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank celinda H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a difficult hike but the crown jewel lake at the end of the hike is spectacular. This hike is only for people that are in good shape!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank howiec292
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited in January during wet season but had a really sunny day. That being said sun is not your best ally during this trek despite it is only 400m elevation gain, path is steep full of rocks and the altitude is no joke. There were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Bukiss11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In my trip to Peru, I hiked the Salkantay mountain, an impressive destination, honestly I felt like dying but the lack of oxigen never stoped me and crossed the whole route , Humantay is a beautiful lake in the Salkantay Trek.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank mathiasgrezz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Humantay as part of the 5-day Salkantay trek (organized by the same people who do the free Cusco walking tour with red shirts). From Cusco, it is about a 3-4 hour drive to reach Soraypampa, and then about a 1.5 steep walk uphill...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Kira B
Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

I’ve decided to comment because I think these reviews suffer from a sampling error. I visited on a day trip from Cusco. The bus ride is long (nearly 4 hours) up and down winding dirt, mountain side roads. As a normal tourist, I think it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
13  Thank SailingSparty
Reviewed 18 December 2018

It's a long day as you need to wake up very early and you'll be getting back to the hotel at around 6 or 7pm but it is worthy. Once at the lake, try to go a bit high for a good view of its...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank milecastilla
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Visited this lake as part of the salkantay-trek and it was a nice starter. Would slightly recommend going here as single-trip.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mathijnl2018
Reviewed 7 December 2018

I stopped there before starting my Salkantay Trek. The place is pristine and absolutely photo genic.

Date of experience: December 2018
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16 January 2019|
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Response from jheredia3 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is possible, you can arrange with a tour operator to be picked up at the sacred valley. It will take about the same time to go there from Urubamba or Cusco. If you are in Ollantaytambo you have to add an hour to the... More
30 December 2018|
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Response from jheredia3 | Reviewed this property |
No, that is not allowed. The idea is to preserve the color of the water as long as possible, so every disruption to the current ecosystem is prohibited. Fish also has not been introduced to the lake for the same reason.
12 November 2018|
Response from jgbotafogo | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I visited the lake because I was doing the salkantay trek. So, I arrived at the camping nearby the lake by lunch time..then, in the afternoon we walked to the lake. If you arrive in Cusco in the morning, maybe you find a... More