Day trip

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

4.8 / 5

65 reviews

Activity provider: Inka Altitude

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Activity provider: Inka Altitude
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From US$ 34 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

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Duration 10 hours - 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is available at downtown hotels in Cusco. Pickup times could run fifteen minutes late; please do not worry and continue waiting.
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 at the drop-off near Plaza de Armas.

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

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Important information

What to bring

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

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 activity provider does not manage these rentals and will not be involved in the process
  •  The activity provider 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 the activity provider 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
  • Only available local currency for entrance fees and extra expenses
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 65 reviews

Review summary

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The driver was punctually at 4 am to pick us up at the place and then the guide arrived. We liked the exclusivity, but I found the driver reckless and the way to the park was tense, dangerous driving. The guide didn't say much, we were a little lost at first, but when we got to the place, he spoke more and we liked him. The breakfast didn't have many options because we arrived very early, but the lunch that was served in the same place was very good. The ride is difficult, advanced level, we did the climb in 1 hour and 35 minutes, I was the weakest, but I run regularly and I thought I wouldn't feel as much, but I had to stop several times. It is necessary to keep in mind that the trail is not for everyone, you need to go light, just take water and some food. There is the option to get on a horse, but then it is better to use photoshop and insert your own image in a photo, because the effort is part of the experience. I recommend the tour to anyone who likes adventure. It&#3

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June 4, 2022

Had food poisoning the morning of the hike, felt awful however the guides were super understanding and accommodating, checked in with me several times to make sure I was okay, couldn’t recommend more lovely guys. The food was actually good, probably the best (lunch) we’ve had since being in Cusco! Breakfast was standard, nothing special! The hike itself is tough, make sure your prepared with decent hiking shoes, cocoa sweets/leafs as it is strenuous! 1000% worth the effort tho and the guides are fantastic at motivating you to keep going. Great experience despite being ill!

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June 1, 2022

Wonderful private Humantay Lake tour! Definitely worth the early morning pickup. The mountainous landscape was beautiful throughout the hike. The hike itself was moderately challenging (mostly due to elevation) with outstanding views of the lake and glacier that look just like the advertised photos! The buffet breakfast and lunch were delicious. Our guide Edwin was fantastic - friendly and very knowledgeable. Our driver Richard was great. Would definitely recommend going to Lake Humantay and we really enjoyed the private tour!

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June 1, 2022

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