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Laguna Humantay day trip, takes you to the picturesque turquoise lake in Cusco Peru. This hidden gem nestles up in the Peruvian Andes.
It is the first stop on the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu.
The lake has been sacred since Incan civilisation. People used to leave sacred offerings to mother earth on the banks of the river. In modern times, Shamans visit the lake to do offerings. Locals call this as Apachetas.
Apacheta is a process to pile small stones, each on top of the other. They do this to express their gratitude to Pachamama (Mother Earth). The Shamans use three coca leaves to seek blessings from “Apus”, sacred peaks.
The shades of water varies from dark green to emerald. It depends entirely on the time of the day and the rays of the sun. The glaciers from Humantay Mountain feeds the lake.
The only way to reach the Lake, is by hiking from Sorayapampa or on a horse back. This high altitude trek could be somewhat challenging to some. However the views on the way are absolutely breathtaking. It is a natural beauty. You can also rent a horse at an additional cost from the base camp.
Treks in Cusco is one of the top rated tour operators in both group and private tour. We offer a high altitude eco tourism on our tours. We have dedicated tour guides who have done this trek plenty of time. They have an extensive knowledge about the flora and fauna. Our guides are also aware of traditions that the Andean people follow here.
As the lake nestles at 4,200 meters above sea level. It is highly recommended to be well acclimatised to avoid altitude sickness. You may opt to do one of our easy tours Waqrapukara or Sacred Valley tour to make the most of your time while acclimatising.
If you are not keen on group tours, we also offer private Laguna Humantay day trip.
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