Humantay Lake Day Trip Cusco Perú & All You Need To Know

Humantay lake trip from Cusco

Humantay Lake Full-Day Hike from Cusco & Tips

Learn more about the Humantay Lagoon and why it’s worth doing 

Humantay Lake Hike Cusco-Perú

The Humantay Lagoon is undoubtedly one of the most famous lakes in Cusco since it was first visited 14 years ago and has not ceased to be one of the main tourist destinations in Cusco don’t miss this hidden gem!

The humantay lake is formed as a result of the melting of a huge snow-capped mountain which is also part of Vilcabamba mountain range in the Andes.

Hiking to Humantay Lake – a Day Trip from Cusco

if you are in Cusco and have a day off and would love to make a one-day adventure trip then we highly suggest you check out our Humantay lake trip from Cusco. You’re not in Cusco? You’re in Ollantaytambo. Not all the tours depart from Cusco, our Humantay Lake day trip can be customized as it is a private service and you can also arrange to be picked up from wherever you are staying, either from Cusco or the Sacred Valley.

How to Get to Humantay Lake in Cusco

HUmantay Lagoon
Trek to Humantay Lake

there are different options as if you want to go on your own or as if you want to hire a tour which is more advisable since you will not have to worry about anything just enjoying the trip.

This is not a bad idea and you can find a lot of tour agencies in Cusco’s Plaza de Armas offering pretty cheap tours to Humantay Lake.

However we don’t recommend them at all, the fact that they are quite cheap doesn’t guarantee that you will have the best travel experience, 89% of the tourists who opt for a cheap trip don’t return satisfied from the trip, most of them complain about the delays at the time of the pick-ups and especially about the excessive amount of people in a group. We recommend you to hire a certified tour agency which will also guarantee your trip from the beginning to the end.  It is true that they usually cost a lot but believe me, it is worth paying a little more for maybe a trip that will change your life.

Do you want to do it on your own?

This is not common but if you prefer freedom and want to plan your day as you please then follow these steps:

  • You need to rent a car with a driver who knows the route to the Humantay Lagoon, you can get a safe one at the hotel where you are staying in Cusco.
  • Be sure to bring cash (Peruvian money) and reach an agreement on the price before renting the vehicle.
  • Get a map of the Humantay Lake, you can get this map for free at your hotel or at any travel agency.
  • Check out all of the travel blogs that have been posted and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes on your trip.
  • Take an oxygen bottle and a first aid kit.
  • Take waterproof clothes and a hand lamp, you have to be prepared for everything.


We consider the trek to Lake Humantay like a moderately-difficult hike. Anyone who does some sport occasionally should not have big problems to get to the top.

What can make the trip more difficult is the altitude sickness. In case you run out of energy, or don’t feel well you can use the horse service that the local people offer along the way.  We suggest first to negotiate the Price.

if you go to Humantay lake on your own or with a tour. We advise you to forget about the time and take the time to climb until you reach your goal.

Humantay Lake Day Trip Cusco-Perú
Humantay Lake Day Trip Cusco-Perú

When to Go to Humantay Lake

This depends on the experience you are looking to have, There are two distinct trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Humantay Lake areApril, May, June, July, August, September and October. You can trek to Huamantay Lake from from December to January except in February  since the weather conditions can be more challenging in these winter months making the trek even more difficult.

What makes the Humantay Lake the stunning Green and Blue colours

The glaciers high above on the humantay mountain melt and the water collects to form the beautiful and mysterious lake. The extreme colour of the lake is produced by minerals

How Much Does it cost to Take a tour to Humantay Lake, Cusco

the tour to Humantay Lagoon at Come See Peru Tours costs from 99 dollars per person includes private transportation, private local guide, breakfast, lunch and entrance fees.

Humantay lake day trip from the Sacred Valley? believe it or not if you are in Urubamba or Ollantaytambo we can pick you up from there, we just need you to make the reservation at least 2 days in advance, for this you just have to request it and contact one of our specialists.

What is the Difference Between the Hike to Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain, Which One Should I Choose?

If you don’t have much time and don’t know yet which of these incredible places to visit we suggest you read our article on Humantay Lake vs Rainbow Mountain