Humantay Lake is a glacial lake located in the Andes of Peru, near the city of Cusco. The lake is located at the base of Mount Humantay, which stands at an altitude of 4,200 meters above sea level. The lake is considered a sacred site by the local indigenous people and is a popular destination for trekkers and hikers.
Humantay lake is a beautiful turquoise color and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers, making it a popular spot for photography. The lake is usually visited as part of the Salkantay trek, which is a 5-day trek to Machu Picchu; the lake is the highest point of the trek. The trek offers stunning views of the surrounding Andean landscapes, including the Humantay and Salkantay peaks.
Visiting Humantay Lake requires good physical condition as the trek is a bit challenging due to the altitude and steep incline. You should be prepared for the high altitude, and it’s recommended to do this tour after a few days in the altitude when you are well acclimatized. Bring good shoes or hiking boots, warm clothing, and sunscreen. The total hiking time is between 3 and 4 hours. Most tours leave around 5 a.m. from Cusco.