With the passing of the years, new magical and charming destinations have been appearing in the Cusco region and one of these is the already famous Humantay Lagoon whose turquoise color at the foot of the Humantay mountain makes this place a space full of mysticism and Andean spirituality. The Andean man considered the lagoons and snow-capped mountains as sources of energy and gifts from Mother Nature. In this sense, being in this place will transport you to another world where it will be just you and the immensity of the mountains.
To get to this magical place we have to take a walk that will allow us to see the famous Salkantay in the distance and surround ourselves with the typical flora and fauna of the place.
Responsible Travel.By booking this trip, you will be helping provide a special Christmas breakfast for low income children in Cusco.
This walk will take us up to 4400 meters above sea level, right at the foot of the Humantay mountain whose turquoise lagoon will make your experience unforgettable since there are few natural wonders in the world that present this range of turquoise colors. Very close to the place is the imposing snow-capped Salkantay that can be seen in the distance. Humantay for many of the inhabitants of the area is considered an Andean God, join us to learn more about the Andean religion through this walk of 10 kilometers in total enjoying the high Andean landscapes of Peru.
**** In case you consider that the walk will be difficult for you, already in the place you can rent a horse from the locals just for uphill. However, horses cannot reach the lagoon as the place its consider sacred by the locals and the animals are not allowed. The average cost is about 80 soles one way.
Day 1: CUSCO – HUMANTAY LAGOON – CUSCO
Our pick-ups start at 4 in the morning, depending on the location of your Hotel we will go with our transport and then leave the city heading north to the town of Mollepata where after 2 hours of travel we will have a stop where we will take advantage of having breakfast buffet and make use of the bathrooms.
Once breakfast is finished, we will continue the trip by car for an additional time of approximately 1 hour and a half until we reach the small town of SorayPampa, which is located at 3,900 meters above sea level. Throughout this journey we will observe how the geography changes and the landscape becomes a little more arid, typical of the Andean zone of Peru.
Once in SorayPampa, our guide will provide you with detailed information about the place and recommendations to start the walk, which has a total distance of 12 km, with 6 going up and 6 going down. The climb is considered difficult in certain sections due to the steepness of the place, however, everything this is comforted when one is observing the Andean landscape of the place surrounded by snow-capped mountains where the snow-capped Humantay and Salkantay stand out.
The walk uphill lasts approximately 2 hours at a moderate pace, once you arrive at the lagoon you will have more than enough time to enjoy the place taking a break while our guide provides you with information on why this lagoon presents these variations in the colors and why it is so important for the Andean man.
At the end of the tour in the lagoon we will return to the parking lot to board our transport that will take us back to Mollepata where we will taste a buffet lunch and finally we will return to the city of Cusco arriving at approximately 6:00 p.m.
WHAT IS INCLUDED FOR THIS TREK?
- Pick-up from your hotel for start the trip
- Private Tourist transportation round trip
- English speaking professional guide
- Meals (breakfast and buffet lunch) (optional vegetarian food if you request)
- First Aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle
- Trekking Poles
- Entrance ticket to Humantay lagoon
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- Horses, which can be rented before to start the hike
- Tips for the driver, guide
BENEFITS OF TRAVELING WITH TERRA PERU AVENTURAS
- Assistance 24/7 a week in English.
- Qualified professionals on all tours
- Professional Guides in English on all tours
- Free transfer from the airport to the hotel
Please read the following information carefully. This will help you resolve your doubts and/or questions about our services
ARRIVAL IN CUSCO
All our services start at the airport of the city of Cusco where our driver will be waiting for the arrival of your flight to be able to drive you to the hotel of your choice, this service has no additional cost.
For which it is necessary that you provide us with your flight details and confirmation 1 or 2 days before your arrival in the city, our staff will be waiting with the Terra Peru Aventuras sign which you have to locate.
The briefing is the information that is provided to our clients prior to a trip, this will be done one night before the selected activity at the hotel of their stay. In general, the schedule will depend on the other activities that you have planned to carry out, but many times it usually takes place between 6 and 7 at night.
HOW CAN I BOOK THE TOURS TO HUMANTAY LAGOON?
To start a reservation, the first thing we request is your personal data along with the details of the date you would like to do the walk, then we will request an advance payment of 40% of the total value of the walk in order to generate the purchase of the necessary tickets for the tour.
After the deposit, our reservation staff will send you the confirmation of the reservation of the Tour which will include the DATE, NAME OF THE TOUR, PERSONAL DATA OF THE CLIENT, AMOUNT DEPOSITED AND AMOUNT PENDING PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL IN THE CITY.
Terra Peru Aventuras offers you different payment methods depending on your needs, from bank deposits, transfers via Wester Union, as well as PayPal (consider +8% to the deposit to be made for reasons of bank commissions)
WHEN DO I MAKE THE FINAL PAYMENT OF THE TOUR?
In general, the total payment must be made upon arrival, we recommend making the payment in cash, due to commission issues from international banks that may be unfavorable to you in case you want to make a payment with your credit card. Our staff gives you more details about it.
CAN I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER I HAVE PURCHASED THE TICKETS?
For all our tours with the exception of Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, Salkantay, yes! is possible to modify the date without any cost, this must be communicated to our staff as soon as possible in order to carry out the procedures for the modification with a new date.
WHAT HAPPENS WITH ALTITUDE SICKNESS?
Any good experience will depend on a good physical condition, if you practice any physical activity regularly you should not worry about a possible altitude sickness, however as an additional recommendation we suggest acclimatizing, in this sense you should consider spending at least 3 days to do some walk and 1 day to be able to carry out some activity or cultural tour.
There are medications that could achieve better acclimatization, but since we are not doctors, we suggest you drink plenty of water and coca infusions to achieve better acclimatization.
WHEN THE TOUR ENDS, DO YOU TAKE US TO THE HOTEL?
Everything will depend on the style of travel that you chose. Our clients who travel in a private service have the option of ending the tours at their hotel. However, those who opt for a group tour, our tour ends in the Plaza Regocijo or close to it so that you can walk without any worries to your hotel.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
- A small and waterproof backpack
- Resistant mountain shoes
- Warm clothes and mountain pants, not jeans
- Clothing for variable temperatures
- Camera with charged batteries
- Sunscreen: sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
- Thermal, wool socks, gloves, scarf, wool cap
- Waterproof clothing and/or rain poncho
- Water bottles
- personal first-aid kit (if you have any personal medication, you must take it with you)
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Toilet paper
- Personal documents (Passport)