In much of Latin America there are incredible natural beauties that are hidden within countries like Peru, within which we have one that is located in Cusco, on the route of one of the most famous treks and alternates to the Inca trail in the imperial city of Cusco. which is the Salkantay trek, an attraction that will impact you with the beautiful landscapes it presents.
We refer to the Humantay lagoon, a place at the foot of the snow-capped mountain of the same name over 4,200 meters above sea level; which, due to its unique turquoise color, generates the interest of foreign and national visitors. If yours is to enjoy nature and Trekking; This place is ideal for you since the walk to the place will make you feel a sense of peace and tranquility thanks to its natural beauty that you will find.
Where is it located and how to get there?
Located in the department of Cusco in the province of Anta in the district of Mollepata, where there is also another fantastic place that is the condor canyon – Chonta and to reach the Humantay lagoon it will be necessary to take a vehicle that will take us to the town from Mollepata on a trip that will last 3 hours along a paved road, where we will be able to observe along the route the extensive pampas of Anta and the town of Limatambo, known for its great production of avocado (AVOCADO) until we reach the town from Mollepata where, in our opinion, it is the best place to have breakfast and make the necessary purchases since later you will not be able to find a store.
After enjoying a good breakfast in this town; you will have to take another mobility that takes you to the town of Soraypampa. This part of the trip is a trail or unpaved road that will last 1 hour until you reach the starting point of this fascinating walk.
Once we arrive at the town of Soraypampa; We will start our walk until we reach the Humantay lagoon, which is 2.5 kilometers away; so this walk will take us approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Much will depend on the physical condition you are in; but don’t worry if you feel bad or are very tired on the route, there is no problem on the way; You can rent a horse and get to this fantastic lagoon, without a doubt an experience that you should not miss.
After the walk you will be able to see this incredible lagoon on the slopes of the Humantay mountain, a place that is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama as a symbol of respect for the mountain and mother earth that provides everything. By placing stones (apachetas); an offering is offered to the Pachamama thanking her for having successfully reached the lagoon; as well as to ask you to accompany them on their tour, without a doubt this will be an experience that you will not forget.
What is its color due to?
The coloration of the fascinating Humantay lagoon is due to the purity and crystallinity of the water; which comes from the glacier and microalgae such as Microcystis aeruginosa and Oscillatoria; that they have a greenish color added to this the radiation of the sun and the blue sky of the area; make the incredible coloration of this fantastic lagoon possible.
Remember that to do this walk and others that exist in the Cusco region; We recommend that you first acclimatize for at least one day; since most walks are made above 4000 meters above sea level. And if you want to know the Humantay lagoon in Cusco Peru Trips we will help you to do this fascinating 1-day tour to the Humantay lagoon; just contact us so we can provide you with all the necessary information to make this tour an experience you will not forget.