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Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco

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Cusco, Peru
Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

Get a taste for Peru’s high-alpine scenery and ancient Inca customs during this full-day hike to Lake Humantay from Cusco. Ascend to this scenic body of water located at 13,779 feet (4,200 meters), learning about its sacred place in Inca mythology during your climb. An included buffet lunch back at base camp is an added bonus.
  • Hike to Lake Humantay on trek from Cusco
  • Reach heights of almost 14,000 feet
  • Learn about why the lake was sacred to the Incas
  • Entrance fees and round-trip hotel transfers included
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Hotel pickup in Cusco city
Transport by private minivan
Professional guide
1 American Breakfast, 1 lunch ( vegetarian option
Polar Blankets
1 walking Stick
First aid kit and emergency oxygen
Gratuities
Drinks

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4:00 AM
If your hotel is located outside of the center of cusco you must come to the meeting point, or contact us by whatsApp or call us directly to let us know the name of your hotel. We do not pick up from Airbnbs if you are in Airbnb Be in the middle of Plaza regocijos or ( Plaza el Regocijo ) By the small water Fountain between 4:00am to 4:10am
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required for the Private option
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Willka Travel Cusco
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "Breakfast and lunch was ok. Not filling, just bring an extra snack." See review

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star-5
Fantastic sights!!!
Maibel_D
, Jul 2022
The guides were very polite, knowledgeable, and helpful. The trip was exhausting, but worth the effort. Humantay Lake should be another wonder of the world. Absolutely breathtaking!
star-5
Unfortunately, we decided...
Aroona_T
, Jun 2022
Unfortunately, we decided to do this hike only one day after arriving to Cusco. I would not suggest anyone do this, but if you do, please take the horses up! I ended up getting really sick from the altitude adjustment. Fortunately, I was with an incredible group and an even more incredible tour guide (Freddie) who all helped me feel better and did whatever they could to help me adjust to the change in altitude. The view was beautiful and the hike is a good challenging hike, but only after you've been able to adjust to the altitude.
star-5
Edgar was a great guide! We had a blast!
Kirsten_H
, Jun 2022
Edgar was a charming and knowledgeable guide! We had such a fun day with him. The hike up was pretty challenging and he was caring and kind on the way up. Once we arrived we got to take a ton of photos - he's quite the imaginative photographer and we loved it. Breakfast and lunch were both delicious and in such a neat spot. Would 10/10 recommend requesting Edgar as a guide!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
That's so lovely to hear that you had such a good time and that our guide Edgar was a very positive part of this experience! Thank you for taking the time to leave this positive comment, Kirsten! We appreciate you!
star-5
Gorgeous lake after a rough but short hike
Carla_M
, Jun 2022
Hilton, our guide, was very attentive without being overbearing. The hike up the lake is rough but totally worth it. It's short so you can take it easy, stopping and resting on the way. We went fast and got to the lake in 75 minutes but a lot of people took two hours to complete the hike up alone. It's about 45 minutes to get back. Don't do it if you're not fit, though. The elevation and altitude make it very extraneous. Very fit and young people were struggling, and some gave up all together. There are tours that use horses to take people up. Honestly, I felt for the horses and I would not feel okay using them myself, but a bunch of people did (the trail ca get crowdy). Breakfast and lunch was very decent and with vegetarian options (what was important for me). One thing is important to notice though: you will spend most of the time in the van. It's about two hours to get to the breakfast spot plus one and a half to get to the beginning of the trail. In the way back, you go to the same breakfast spot to have lunch and then back to Cusco. Traffic on the road and close to the Cusco can slow down the drive. Basically we were out from 4:10 am till 5:45 pm but the hike was two hours for us (up and back), plus 45-60 minutes on the lake. The rest of the time was spent in transportation, break for meals and waiting for the rest of the group to catch up with us. Make sure you use all the available restroom stops, and that you have a few soles to pay the fees (plus money to tip the people in the restaurant, your guide and your driver, if you would like to do so).
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for such a nice and detailed review, it will help others to decide and be prepared, for sure! Best regards, Willka Travel Team
star-5
Once it a lifetime...
Sheila_R
, Jun 2022
Once it a lifetime experience, Freddy our guide was amazing and his team were very knowledgeable of the trek. Thank you!
star-5
Birthday trip
Bobbie_M
, May 2022
Cesar was a wonderful guide and looked out for each of us every step of the way. I was struggling with altitude so and it was my 71st birthday so had to give in halfway up and rely on a horse so I can live to do something else on my 72nd!!!. Great memories 😅
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hello Bobbie, Thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit about your experience with us. I hope you have enjoyed your birthday and the place even though you did not reach the end, I hope the experience was worth it.
star-5
Freddy is the best guide
Kimberly_K
, May 2022
We had a great time. Freddy our guide was the best. He was informative, patient, friendly and an overall great guide. He knows all the best trails and picture spots. We were able to beat the crowds and get home at a reasonable time. Thanks Freddy for making our experience fun and memorable!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time leave this positive comment about your experience us! Freddy is great indeed! We are glad you had a great time!
star-5
Fantastic!
Pedrojuan_R
, May 2022
Our tour guide Javier was more than awesome with us!! Great work!! Thanks for making this trip unforgettable!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Pedro, this is great to read! It makes us so happy to know about your experience with us. Javier is awesome indeed! Thank you for your feedback!
star-5
The hike was quite...
Paulina_B
, May 2022
The hike was quite difficult but it was worth it. The lake is stunning with breathtaking scenery. I highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Paulina! It sounds like you had quite and experience! I am glad to hear it was worth it and that you are happy with the whole experience. We are looking forward to our next adventure together!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Stunning Vista view of the lake
Brent_B
, Apr 2022
The hike up is fairly challenging, but they provide horseback rides for those needing assistance. Once you reach the top and see the view the hike will be completely forgotten. Stunning.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must see, breathtaking views!
Paula_R
, Apr 2022
Tour guide Freddy was awesome!! He was informative, funny, and extremely helpful. My friend is afraid of heights and he stood by her side (holding her hand) the whole way up the mountain. Once you get to the top the view of the lake was breathtaking beautiful. It was so serene, highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you so much for sharing about this experience with us, it is so heartwarming and it makes us so happy to read about how it was like for you and your friend to hike up the Humantay! Freddy is awesome indeed! We are looking forward to our next adventure time together! Take care!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Must Do in Peru
Carol_P
, Apr 2022
I personally took a horse (80/s.) and I could not have done this hike without him. If you aren't already in great shape, this might be the route to go. This tour got us there early with breakfast and lunch included. The views are breathtaking, possibly the most beautiful sight I have witnessed. Lunch is also spectacular and our group was AMAZING. It's a must-do 10/10. Also, don't forget to TIP! Tip your driver, guide, restaurants, and person who helps with your horses, they work so so hard!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Worth
Junting_L
, Apr 2022
The guy was nice and on time. I had a great experience! Food is delicious and with mountain view! The guys is talktive and experienced
star-5
Great Experience
Raphael_A
, Apr 2022
Efficient tour and very good value for money. Pick up and drop off was exactly on time, which was a relief as it allowed us to make our flight to Lima that night with time to spare. Breakfast and lunch was simple but tasty. Freddy our tour guide spoke good English, had good energy, and was very patient and helpful with those who were struggling on the hike. And the lake itself is a joy to behold. Overall a very pleasurable experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Raphael, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with more clients around the world, We are so happy you have good time with our team! Rolando ;)
star-5
Beautiful lake
Timothy_P
, Mar 2022
Excellent tour provided by Willka Cusco! Beautiful scenery. The tour went very smoothly, as planned. Freddy - our tour guide - is cheerful, friendly and patient with some of us struggling with the hike. The driver is very good, driving safely and making the drive as comfortable as possible despite the rough terrain. Thank you both.
star-5
Worth the early wake up call!
Carrie_S
, Dec 2021
The early wake up was worth it for the views!! You’re in the car for quite a while but the breakfast and lunch buffet break up the drive. We spent almost an hour at the lake taking photos and enjoying the view. The hike is tough but there are options to take a horse for around 20USD if you don’t want to walk the way up. Our guide was knowledgeable and always checked in to see how we were doing. Really great experience!
star-5
AMAZING EXPERIENCE
NISHIMUNSHI
, Dec 2021
"Cricket" was very knowledgeable and great energy. He balanced SO-WELL making it fun and engaging and giving people time to themselves to take in the breathtaking views. This is not an easy hike, but he was prepared with oxygen and made sure that everyone was well taken care of. I was so happy with this experience and I recommend this to anyone!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
We are so happy to know you are happy with the experience you had with us during the tour! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this positive review!
star-5
Great experience
Stefan_K
, Nov 2021
Humantay Lake Tour is a great experience. We had a smooth pick up from our hotel (very early) and the organisation was very communicative the day before the trip (What to expect and details about the trip). It is a far bus ride and on our way there we had breakfast at a excellent family run restaurant. After that it goes to Humantay Lake on a dirt road. Since we travelled in rainy season we were prepared for some rain. After a short walk you can decide to take a horse to the top or walk (both are good experiences). The Humantay lake is very stunning and it is a beautiful view with great picture spots. On our way back to Cusco we stopped at the same restaurant for Lunch and again it was very good. A special thank you to our tour guide Freddy. He took great care of us. We had a special situation because the road back was closed due to a mudslide. Freddy and our driver handled the situation very well and he brought us back home safely.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you so much for spending the time with us and for taking your time to write this nice review about your experience with Willka Travel, Stefan! Our guide Freddy is always happy to hear about the feedbacks as well. So thank you for your kind words. Best regards.
star-5
Amazing.
EmilMarian_V
, Oct 2021
Everything was amazing, I am very pleased. Hilton best tour guide. I will recommend you to my friends.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for this positive comment! It made us and also Hilton very happy! Best regards from the Willka Travel team.
star-5
Among the clouds
Crystal_R
, Aug 2021
What a feeling! This was a semi difficult hike, but man was it worth it!! It even started to snow on us. There are horses to take you to the lake if you can’t make it. I was determined to make it on foot. And I did, with a few rest breaks. Loved this tour and our guide, Tupac.

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