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Its turquoise waters crowned by the imposing snowy Salkantay offers a unique beauty, Since the time of the Incas, this lagoon has been adored by the Andean settlers. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Cusco, after Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain.
Where is Humantay Lake located?
The lagoon is located close to the snowy Salkantay in the Andes Mountains of Cusco, Peru.
Which is the elevation of the Humantay Lake?
The elevation of the Humantay Lake is 4,200 meters above sea level (13,779 ft).
History of the Humantay Lake
There is not much information about the history of the Humantay Lake, however, according to some geologists, this lagoon has a glacial origin, because, at some point in human history, the perpetual hikes of Humantay broke off and turned into a low mountain. And these big blocks of ice have stopped in the snowy faults and with their snow have formed the beautiful lagoon of Humantay.
On the other hand, according to local tradition about the history of the Humantay Lake, the Apu Humantay is the smallest of Apu Salkantay and both of them are in charge of rationalizing and sharing the water that descends from their eternal snowfalls and since the incas times, the local native population venerates this lagoon as a deity that represents the Pachamama.
It is for that reason that, around the Lagoon Huamntay, you will be able to observe innumerable apachetas (Stones on top of one that is placed in the sacred sites) that have been placed by the local population and by the travelers as offers of thanks to the Pachamama or the for having been successful in the lagoon, and also asking for protection in your travel.
Weather in Humantay Lake
Lake Humantay’s climate has two well-defined seasons throughout the year: the dry season begins in April and ends in October, with a temperature of between -5 °C and 17 °C that varies throughout the day.
The rainy season begins in November and ends in March, with a temperature of between -7 °C and 10 °C, with cloudy, rainy days and some snow along the way.
How to get to the Humantay Lake in Peru?
To reach the Humantay Lake in Peru from the city of Cusco, you must follow a journey by car of approximately 120 kilometres, passing by the Limatambo and Mollepata village until the ‘Soraypampa’ community.
The best known way to get to this lagoon is the Salkantay Trek, which also takes you to Salkantay Mountain and Machu Picchu.
- It is recommended to visit the lagoon in hours of the morning.
- To start the Humantay Lake Tour, take comfortable clothing, sun block, sun lenses, hat and hat for trekking.
- If you are only at the Humantay Lake in Peru, we recommend that you hire the services of a travel agency, which is cheaper.
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