Day trip

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

4.9 / 5

22 reviews

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

From £25.99 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 10 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick-up is available at downtown hotels in Cusco. Please indicate if you are staying at a private accommodation (with address and phone number), you will then be provided with a meeting point nearby. The local guide or transfer may take 5 minutes to find your destination.
Private group available


  • 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 to the drop off near Plaza de Armas.
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Breakfast and buffet lunch (vegetarian option)
  • Entrance fee
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen bottle
  • 1 trekking pol (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Drinks
  • Horse (can be rented for 70 - 80 soles one way)
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

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

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 local partner does not manage these rentals and will not be involved in the process
  •  The local partner 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 local partners 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

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Worth it! Once you get to the lake the view is just amazing. The walk is a bit strenuous. We are athletic individuals and it took us 1:40 mins with several stops and Coca leaves :). The altitude and elevation of 350M definitely plays a role. Recommend to take it slow or you can rent a horse for 80 SOL (20 USD) to get to the top. Buffet Breakfast and Lunch were included and were good. Tour Guide Edgar was great and was able to provide information/history during the tour.

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27 September 2021

Beautiful place!!!! Taugh hike but totally worth it. The guide let you go on your pace no pressure!

21 October 2021

My husband and I separated the tour from Lima, the company was very punctual in the pick up and included everything described. The experience was very good, it would only be necessary to improve the transport, since the unit did not have AC.

7 September 2021

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