TRIP ITINERARY

DAY 01:

CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SORAYPAMPA - LAKE HUMANTAY - CUSCO

Humantay Lake. Its a well-planned and organized trip with enough time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and take pictures. It’s also good to know that the time spent at the lake can vary depending on the weather conditions, so it’s best to be prepared for all possibilities. The stop for breakfast and lunch is a great addition to the itinerary as it provides a chance to refuel and recharge before and after the hike. Overall, it sounds like an exciting and memorable experience.

  • 4:30 AM -5:00 AM: Pick-up from your hotel in Cusco.
  • 5:00 AM – 7:30 AM: Drive to Mollepata, a small town located in the Anta province.
  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Enjoy a delicious breakfast at a local restaurant in Mollepata.
  • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Continue driving to Soraypampa, a small village located at the base of Humantay Mountain.
  • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Start the trek to Humantay Lake, which takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00: Arrive at Humantay Lake and enjoy the breathtaking views of the turquoise blue water and surrounding mountains, guide explanation. Take photos, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature.
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Descend back down to Soraypampa.
  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: lunch in Mollepata
  • 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Return drive to Cusco.

Please note that the itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, traffic, and other factors. Additionally, this is just a sample itinerary

Inclusions

Included

TOUR INCLUDED
  • Round trip transportation
  • Breakfast (fruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit salad, and bread or pancakes with butter and jam)
  • Buffet lunch
  • Groups ranging between 12-14 people, maximum 18 people
  • English speaking, professional guides
  • First-Aid equipment and oxygen bottle for emergencies

Not Included

ENTRANCE TICKETS FOR HUMANTAY LAKE:

  • Not included in the price, and you can purchase these tickets at the entrance gate of Humantay Lake. The cost is 20 soles (approximately 6 USD) for foreign visitors, while for Peruvians it is 10 soles.

What to Pack

HOW TO DRESS FOR THE HUMANTAY LAKE TOUR

The Humantay Lake tour is located in the Andes mountains of Peru and can involve a fair amount of hiking and outdoor activity. Therefore, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and the physical demands of the tour. Here are some tips on how to dress for the Humantay Lake tour:

  1. Layers: The temperature can fluctuate greatly during the day, so it’s best to wear layers that you can add or remove as needed.
  2. Pants: Comfortable and durable pants are a must for the tour. Opt for pants that are lightweight, quick-drying, and offer plenty of mobility. Hiking pants or leggings are a great option.
  3. Footwear: It’s important to wear sturdy and comfortable footwear that can handle the rough terrain. Hiking boots or shoes with good traction and ankle support are recommended. Avoid wearing sandals or flip flops.
  4. Accessories: A hat or beanie, sunglasses, and sunscreen are essential items to protect you from the sun’s harsh rays. Additionally, bring gloves and a scarf or buff for added warmth.
  5. Backpack: Bring a comfortable and sturdy backpack to carry your water bottle, snacks, and extra layers. Make sure the backpack is well-fitted and distributes the weight evenly to avoid strain on your back.

Bring sunscreen and sunglasses: The sun can be intense at high altitudes, so it’s important to bring sunscreen and sunglasses to protect yourself from UV rays.

Bring snacks and water: There are no food or drink vendors along the Humantay lake trail, so be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated and energized.

Overall, dressing in layers and choosing comfortable and durable clothing and footwear will help you enjoy the Humantay Lake tour to the fullest.

Pricing

HUMANTAY LAKE TOUR DAY HIKE – GROUP SERVICE – SEASON 2023

 

  • REGULAR PRICE: USD 27 dollars per person
  • PROMO PRICE: USD 22 dollars per person

 

PROMO PRICE: Apply for people who already booked with us one of our tours to MACHU PICCHU, such INCA TRAIL, INCA JUNGLE TRAIL, MACHU PICCHU TOURS.
  • Our price for the Humantay lake tours are reasonable and are in line with the prices that are handled in the city of Cusco. If you book this tour online or directly at our office in Cusco, the price does not vary, we always keep the same price and the quality of the service we provide will always be the best.
RENTING HORSE FOR RIDING: 

The locals rent riding horses in the Humantay lake tour. If you need a horse once you arrive at the checkpoint of the Humantay lake, you can rent horses directly from the locals; of course, the tour guide will help you. They charge around 70 to 90 soles in dollars around 20 to 25 for the ride up, and this price includes a person who will pool the horse up to the mountain. You just need to sit on the horses. If you also like horses for the way back, it will cost 70 to 90 soles in dollars around 18 to 27
The prices of the horses change because it depends on the demand of the day, sometimes there are many people for Humantay lake, and they increase the price, but sometimes they keep the low price; you need to negotiate with the locals. By the way, they are very friendly. They accept Peruvian soles only.

  • Remember to always treat the horses with kindness and respect, and choose a tour operator that prioritises the well-being of their animals.

How to Book with Machu Picchu Reservation

BOOKING HUMANTAY LAKE TOUR

BOOKING ONLINE:

  • Booking the Humantay Lake tour is very easy, you can click on the yellow button that says BOOK ONLINE which will take you to a reservation platform where you can choose the DATE OF YOUR TRIP (we have daily availability) then it will ask you for general information which you have to fill them, then you can proceed with the payment of the tour, the payment you can make with any type of debit or credit card.
  • Once you finish filling in the data and confirm the payment, you will receive an email confirming the tour and payment, then you will receive a personalized and detailed email about the tour that you keep in mind all the details of your trip to Humantay Lake.
  • You can book until 7:00 pm one day before starting the tour.
  • Booking Online has a fee of 2.9% covered by the customer

BOOKING AT THE OFFICE:

  •  If you like, you can come to our office in Cusco we are located in the Downtown – Portal Nuevo 270 Plaza Regocijo. One of our counters will explain the details of the tour and you get a map of the tour.

Payment method in the office

  • You can pay in cash, we accept dollars, euros, and Peruvian soles.
  • You can pay with any type of card but there is a fee of 3.9% covered by the customer

TO BOOK HUMANTAY LAKE TOUR WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • WhatsApp number or Peruvian cellphone number
  • Hotel name in Cusco

PAYMENT, CANCELLATION AND CHANGING POLICY

  • If you cancel the tour 48 hours in advance, we will refund 100% of the amount you paid for the tour. To cancel the tour, you have to send an email to machupicchureservations@gmail.com
  • If you cancel the tour 24 hours in advance, we will refund 50% of the amount you paid for the tour. To cancel the tour, you have to send an email to machupicchureservations@gmail.com
  • Machu Picchu reservations may cancel the tour 24 hours before due to weather reasons, such as landslides, river floods or police situations, such as strikes that do not provide the security of the case; we will refund 100% of the amount paid for the tour.
  • If you do not show up the tour at the agreed place and time, there is no refund.
  • If you are already on tour and, perhaps for some reason, you cannot continue, there is no refund, but our guides will assist you to help you with any emergency that may arise.
  • You can change the date of your tour within 24 hours without any penalty, you just have to send us a clear email with the new date you want to do the tour: Email us to: machupicchureservations@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions Humantay Lake Tour Full Day

  1. WHAT IS HUMANTAY LAKE?

Humantay Lake is a stunning turquoise-colored lake located in the Andes Mountains of Peru.

  1. HOW DO I GET TO HUMANTAY LAKE?

The easiest way to get to Humantay Lake is by taking a guided tour from Cusco. The tour typically includes transportation to and from the lake, as well as a guided hike.

  1. HOW LONG IS THE HIKE TO HUMANTAY LAKE?

The hike to Humantay Lake is approximately 5.5 miles round-trip and takes around 3-4 hours to complete.

  1. IS THE HIKE TO HUMANTAY LAKE DIFFICULT?

The hike to Humantay Lake is considered moderately difficult, with steep inclines and uneven terrain. It is recommended for individuals with a moderate level of fitness.

  1. WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT HUMANTAY LAKE?

The best time to visit Humantay Lake is during the dry season, which runs from May to September. During this time, the weather is mild and the skies are clear, making for excellent hiking conditions.

  1. CAN YOU SWIM IN HUMANTAY LAKE?

Swimming in Humantay Lake is not permitted, as it is a sacred site for the local people.

  1. WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON A HIKE TO HUMANTAY LAKE?

You should bring comfortable hiking shoes, warm clothing, sunscreen, a hat, a backpack, a camera, and plenty of water snacks. Breakfast and lunch are provided by the tour company.

  1. IS THERE AN ENTRANCE FEE FOR HUMANTAY LAKE?

Yes, there is an entrance fee to access Humantay Lake, which is included in the cost of a guided tour.

  1. ARE THERE ANY ACCOMMODATIONS NEAR HUMANTAY LAKE?

There are no accommodations near Humantay Lake, as it is located in a remote area. Most visitors opt to stay in nearby towns such as Mollepata or Soraypampa.

  1. IS IT SAFE TO HIKE TO HUMANTAY LAKE?

Yes, it is generally safe to hike to Humantay Lake with a reputable tour company. However, it is important to follow your guide’s instructions and take precautions such as drinking plenty of water and wearing appropriate clothing.

Travel Guide

Recommendations

  • Prepare for the altitude: The Humantay Lake is located at 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level, so it’s important to take some time to acclimate to the altitude before taking the tour. You can also consider taking altitude sickness medication or coca tea, which is a natural remedy.
  • Dress in layers: The temperature can vary greatly throughout the day, so it’s important to bring warm clothes as well as a rain jacket in case of rain.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: The trek to Humantay Lake involves hiking uphill and downhill for about 2 hours, so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes with good traction.
  • Bring snacks and water: You’ll need to bring your own snacks and water, as they are not provided on the tour. It’s recommended to bring enough water for the entire day.
  • Respect the environment: The Humantay Lake is a beautiful natural wonder, so it’s important to respect the environment. Don’t litter, stay on the designated trails, and follow any instructions given by your guide.
  • Take your time: Don’t rush the trek to Humantay Lake. Take your time to enjoy the stunning views and take breaks as needed.
  • Listen to your guide: Your guide will provide important information about the area and the trek, so it’s important to listen carefully and follow their instructions.

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Helena G
Helena G
2024-03-26
Bucket list experience This was an experience of a lifetime! I wouldn’t have done it with any other company. They really look after you and ensure you have the best experience as possible. We were served delicious freshly made traditional Peruvian food everyday and served an array of different hot drinks. Along the way we were welcomed by the amazing views of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon rainforest. Juel was an incredible tour guide, very passionate about his Inca ancestors and about the nature around us.
Charlotte T
Charlotte T
2024-03-26
Great, rewarding experience This tour was a great experience, not only seeing Machu Picchu itself but also beautiful lakes, viewpoints and Inca sites. The food was absolutely incredible and there was more than enough for each of us. Joel was a great guide, very passionate and knowledgable about the Incan empire. I would definitely recommend hiring the walking poles and sleeping bag. The whole experience was very rewarding and Joel made sure the morale of the group was high. The only downside was the return bus company from Hidroelectrica to Cusco. We booked via bus and had to leave Machu Picchu early to catch this bus. The organisers made us wait for over an hour for our bus, which meant we could have had more time at the site.
Stefan G
Stefan G
2024-03-25
4-Days Salkantay Trek with superb guide Aurelio I did the 4-days Salkantay Trek with Machu Picchu Reservations together with a friend. Our guide Aurelio was really good and you felt that he completely identifies with the Anden culture! He always made sure that everybody in the group was able to follow. Also he gave us a lot of interesting insights into the Anden culture and nature. In general the organisation of the tour was good (briefing one day ahead of the tour, information flyer etc.). It could have been better, if we would have been better prepared for the rainy weather. Drying wet clothes was challenging in the accommodations which we had.
Kelan J
Kelan J
2024-03-24
5 day trek review with Juan Oros (guide) The salkantay trek under the expert guidance of Juan Oros was a life highlight of mine. We completed the hike across 5 days and were blessed with plenty of breaks in the weather given it was wet season. If you're completing the hike in March, do NOT forget a poncho, plastic bags/dry bags, and extra pairs of socks/clothes for when your stuff gets wet (it's very hard to dry stuff after it's wet). Juan was optimistic, knowledgeable, understanding and went out of his way constantly to ensure our experience was a good one. Additionally, he was transparent and gave us options when the conditions affected the normal route. Machu Picchu reservations are accommodating for dietary requirements and provide comfortable accommodation along the hike. All-in-all, some incredible views, plenty of laughing, great and varied hiking, good food, and an incredible guide. Thank you Juan and Machu Picchu Reservations for an unforgettable experience!
Hélio J
Hélio J
2024-03-24
Tour Vale Sagrado e Salkantay 2D1N Viajamos a Cusco na segunda semana de março. Reservamos dois passeios com a agência, o tour do Vale Sagrado e o passeio Salkantay de dois dias e uma noite. Na agência fomos atendidos por Jimmy, que foi bastante solícito e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas. Nos dois passeios ocorreu tudo bem. Eles foram pontuais e seguiram exatamente conforme programado. Gostaria de deixar um elogio especial ao guia Nestor, que nos acompanhou no Tour Salkantay. Nestor foi muito atencioso e respondeu todas as nossas dúvidas, desde o briefing até o retorno a Cusco. Nos ajudou bastante durante nossa estadia no acampamento e na volta. Só temos elogios e agradecimentos, muito obrigado Nestor e todos os funcionários da agência!
Alex Proskurnya
Alex Proskurnya
2024-03-24
Marco’s Muchachos - A Tale of Adventure, Laughter, and Friendship Words cannot even begin to describe the experience Marco provided for myself, my mate from work, and our Aussie, British, and English friends. Aside from the natural beauty of Humantay Lake, rich culture of the Incas, majesty of Salkantay Peak, and, of course, the grandiose beauty of Machu Picchu itself, the experience was truly made unforgettable because of Marco’s guiding service. Incredibly knowledgeable, considerate, and fun, Marco guided us through the 4 day, 3 night trek stopping to elaborate on the fascinating history of the trail and of the Incan people culminating in a well-earned view of the historic ruins themselves. As an avid traveller and hiker, I would strongly recommend THIS particular company with specifically Marco as the leading guide.
claireK6420PL
claireK6420PL
2024-03-24
ChoquequirWOW I can't recommend this tour enough. Our tour guide Renzo was organised, professional and incredibly intelligent. I felt like I was in safe hands and benefitted so much from his vast local knowledge and prefect English. The food was a great opportunity to try local Peruvian cuisine and as a vegan I was very grateful for the effort our hosts, Renzo and horseman Jon went to to make sure I had delicious meals. The hike was challenging but the constant stunning views made it worthwhile and I felt so accomplished afterwards. Plus Renzon provided us with lots of encouragement and support. Choquequirao itself was like nothing I have ever seen before. We only saw 13 people not in our group there (including the ricket collector). The site is impressive and feels special, especially with everything Renzo told us about it. Having a whole day to explore the site was brilliant as we could take our time ot enjoy and appreciate it rather than rushing off, like others we saw did. It meant we had a lovely lunch there, kindly delivered by Jon, and had the site to ourselves for the afternoon. If you are in Peru you must visit Choquequirao and I strongly recommend ypu use Machu Pichu adventures for the perfectly curated experience.
Sarah C
Sarah C
2024-03-23
Incredible Trip! Incredible trip!! Our guide, Bruno, was phenomenal and a crucial part of why our experience was so great. He let us set our own pace and had meeting points each 1-1.5hrs of hiking. He taught us so much about local culture and history and made us appreciate the scenery we were walking through even more. The views are truly stunning. Each camp was comfortable and the meals were great! Tons of food and always felt fueled up for long days. I would recommend Machu Picchu Reservations again! We had nightly briefings about each day of the trek and they ensured we had everything we needed for a safe and enjoyable trek. I have been to Machu Picchu before but going via Salkantay Trek was a far better experience and I would recommend this trek over and over--truly an unforgettable experience!
Sam H
Sam H
2024-03-23
4 day Salkantay trek with Angel Me and my friend Conor did the 4-day Salkantay trek with our guide Angel. Angel was a fun and attentive guide who taught us a lot about the surrounding area and showed us some breath taking scenery. He always gave us a lot of information about the day ahead, made sure we were comfortable and helped make the trek a really memorable experience. Reaching the 4600m peak of Salkantay was incredible and finally getting to see Machu Pichu were definitely highlights of the journey. Would recommend.
Sarah-Jane D
Sarah-Jane D
2024-03-21
Marco’s Salkantay Tour Marco took us on the 4 day Salkantay Trek. He was so enthusiastic and friendly so it didn’t take long for the whole group to bond very well. Marco was very supportive of all abilities and very knowledgeable. The food and the organisation was incredible and the whole team kept us safe. We loved every second and each challenge was met with a reward of the beautiful views. A highlight of South America

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