Humantay the Turquoise Lake of the Andes

Humantay the Turquoise Lake is a beautiful body of water in Peru, located in the Cusco region, specifically in the province of Anta. It is a stunning natural destination in the Peruvian Andes and is often included in travel itineraries.

  • Location: Situated at an elevation of about 4,200 meters above sea level, at the base of the Humantay mountain in the Vilcabamba mountain range.
  • Access: Visitors depart from Cusco and hike approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to reach it, considered a moderately challenging hike due to the high altitude.
  • Natural Attraction: It is known for its turquoise blue waters that contrast with the mountainous landscape and nearby snow-capped peaks.
  • Cultural Significance: It is a sacred place in Andean tradition, considered essential for life and spiritual balance.
  • Climate: Due to the high altitude, the climate is cold even in summer, so warm clothing is recommended.
  • Flora and Fauna: The area hosts a diversity of Andean flora and fauna, including birds like the condor.
  • Sustainable Tourism: Sustainable tourism is promoted, with an emphasis on packing out trash and following local guidelines.
  • Hiking Experience: The trek to the lake is an experience in itself, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Andes.

In summary, Humantay Lake offers an experience that combines scenic beauty, Andean culture, and outdoor adventure in the Peruvian Andes, making it a must-visit destination in the Cusco region.

Humantay Lake from Cusco

Your journey begins early in the city of Cusco, where you will be picked up usually around 5:00 a.m., marking the starting point. From Cusco, you embark on a road trip of approximately 120 kilometers, which takes about 3 hours and takes you through the picturesque towns of Limatambo and Mollepata, until you reach the ‘Soraypampa’ community, where the vehicle will drop you off, ready to start the uphill hike, which lasts approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

For this journey to Soraypampa Lagoon, it is essential to choose a reliable and safe company.

We offer a variety of options to make your experience unforgettable and tailored to your preferences in private and/or shared tours, as well as independently with private transportation and driver.

So, no matter your preference, at Cusco Transport & Tours, we are committed to making your trip to this wonderful location an unforgettable experience.

How to get to Humantay Lake from Cusco?

The transportation to Humantay Lake begins with the pick-up from your hotel in Cusco. In a pleasant 3-hour journey to the north of Cusco, we will arrive at Soraypampa, our final destination.

From this point, an exciting downhill hike of 1.5 to 2 hours awaits you to reach the spectacular main viewpoint of Humantay Lake.

Humantay el Lago Turquesa Soraypampa - Laguna Humantay from Cusco


Hike to Humantay the Turquoise Lake

Discover the Exciting Hike to Humantay Lake from Soraypampa

The hike to Humantay Lake from Soraypampa is the starting point of the trek and is situated at an altitude of approximately 3,900 meters above sea level. From here, hikers venture into the beautiful mountain landscape as they make their way to the lake.

The hike lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on each person’s pace and physical condition. During the journey, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks, as well as the natural beauty of the area.

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Una vez que llegues a la Laguna Humantay , serás recibido por un impresionante paisaje de montañas, aguas turquesas y la majestuosidad de la naturaleza. Aquí tendrás tiempo para explorar los alrededores, tomar fotografías y disfrutar de la tranquilidad del lugar.

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Laguna Humantay

It’s important to note that the hike to Humantay Lake can be challenging due to the altitude and steep terrain in some sections. It is recommended to be in good physical condition and take necessary precautions during the journey.

What to Bring

  • Warm Clothing: Remember to dress warmly with sweaters and cold-weather clothing, as it can be windy and cold at times.
  • Comfortable Footwear: Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, especially since some parts of the hike can be quite rocky.
  • Sunscreen (SPF): Due to the intensity of the sun at high altitudes, using sunscreen is essential.
  • Water and Snacks: Although breakfast and lunch are provided, it’s convenient to carry peanuts, granola bars, or other light snacks in case you get hungry along the way.
  • Walking Stick: If you can’t arrange for a horse, a hiking stick will greatly ease your hike.

Travel Alternatives to Humantay Lake

At Cusco Transport & Tours, we understand that every traveler is unique, which is why we offer a variety of options to make your experience at Humantay Lake unforgettable.

We invite you to discover this wonderful destination your way, under two modalities: Tours (private and shared) and Transportation.

Private Tours to Humantay Lake:

Our Private Tours are designed to provide you with comfort and personalized attention at every step of your journey. Your comfort and satisfaction are our priorities, so we include:

  • Comfortable Private Transportation: Travel in exclusive vehicles that allow you to enjoy the beauty of the landscape worry-free.
  • Personalized Guide: An expert guide in English and Spanish will accompany you at all times, enriching your experience with local knowledge and fascinating anecdotes.
  • Box Lunch: During your hike, enjoy a delicious box lunch that will keep you energized.
  • Included Tickets: Forget about the lines and gain quick access to Humantay Lake.


Amenities: Additionally, we provide you with water and other details to make your experience even more enjoyable.

Shared Tours to Humantay Lake:

If you prefer to share this adventure with other travelers and enjoy a group experience, our Shared Tours are ideal for you. They include:

  • Minibus Transportation: You will travel in a group of no more than 16 people, allowing you to meet other adventurers while enjoying the scenic route.
  • Experienced Guide: A guide will be at your disposal to answer your questions and provide relevant information.
  • Local Breakfast and Lunch: Enjoy regional cuisine with typical breakfast and lunch that will immerse you in the local culture.
  • Entrance Tickets: Tickets are guaranteed, so you won’t have to worry about access to Humantay Lake.

Private Transportation to Humantay Lake:

If you prefer to explore Humantay Lake independently and personalized, we offer the option of personalized transportation. This modality adapts to your schedules and needs, with the flexibility of a driver who speaks basic English, or, if you prefer, we can provide you with an English-speaking driver upon request. Furthermore, you can choose the vehicle that best suits your needs and budget, whether it’s a van, minivan, minibus, or a bus for larger groups. This way, you can enjoy the beauty of the lake at your own pace.

At Cusco Transport & Tours, we are committed to making your travel experiences in Cusco and Peru exceptional. Whether you plan ahead or embark on a last-minute adventure, we want to be a part of your unforgettable memories and are here to ensure that every moment of your journey is memorable. Embark on this exciting adventure to Humantay Lake and discover the majesty of the Salkantay Mountain Range!

Frequently Asked Questions about Humantay Lake

How to get to Humantay Lake from Cusco?

There are several options to reach Humantay Lake from Cusco, including taking a private or shared tour or using private transportation. The travel time is typically around 4 hours.

What is the altitude of Humantay Lake?

Humantay Lake is located at an altitude of approximately 4,200 meters above sea level.

Is it necessary to make reservations to visit Humantay Lake?

Yes, it is recommended to make reservations to visit Humantay Lake. Whether you choose a private or shared tour or private transportation, booking in advance is essential to ensure that everything is properly organized and to avoid availability issues. Humantay Lake is a popular tourist destination, and booking in advance allows you to secure a spot on the tour or vehicle of your choice, providing you with a more comfortable and hassle-free experience.

Furthermore, keep in mind that some local regulations may limit daily access to certain natural destinations, so booking in advance will help you comply with these restrictions and plan your visit effectively.

What is the best time to visit Humantay Lake?

The best time to visit Humantay Lake is during the dry season, which runs from April to October. During these months, the weather is more stable, and there is less chance of rain.

Are there dining services near Humantay Lake?

There are no dining services available in the vicinity of Humantay Lake. However, in our private tours, we provide a box lunch and water for the convenience of our clients. In shared tours, both local breakfast and lunch are included, or they can be customized based on customer preferences.

Is it worth visiting Humantay Lake?

Yes, Humantay Lake is a popular tourist destination in the Cusco region due to its natural beauty and the challenging hike that leads to it.

What is the admission ticket cost for Humantay Lake?

The admission ticket costs S/15.00 Soles, which is approximately US$5.00 dollars. This amount should be paid in cash and in the local currency. Payment is made in the town of Mollepata, where the vehicle makes a stop. In this place, visitors can use the restroom facilities, among other services, before continuing to Soraypampa. In Soraypampa, the vehicle will drop off visitors so they can begin their uphill hike to Humantay Lake.