For many travelers, Peru is one of the must-see countries for its history and beauty. Aside from the majestic Machu Picchu and newly discovered geological wonder- Rainbow Mountains, Peru also has spectacular bodies of water like the mystical Laguna Humantay.
Laguna Humantay, also called Humantay lake, is a stunning glacial lake located in Cusco and lies hidden between Salkantay and Humantay Mountains. Its mystifying special turquoise-blue color was caused by the nearby snow-capped peaks.
Considered as one of the country’s most magical and sacred place, tourists, shamans and spiritual travelers all over the world visits the lagoon and leave small offerings called “Apacheta” to the Pachamama, a deity representing mother earth according to Incans mythology.
Tours to Laguna Humantay usually begin early in the morning since the hike is not an exceptionally difficult trails which take place at over 4,200 meters above sea level. The trek takes an effort because of steep trails but still rated as moderate. Don’t worry, locals offer horse-riding for those who struggle to finish the hike.
Acclimatization to high altitude is very important before starting a tour to avoid Altitude Sickness. It is also recommended to bring coca leaves, water and hiking sticks as well as other necessaries
As you hike, you can see the amazing views of nearby green valleys and Salkantay mountain, the snowy mountain of the popular multi-day trekking headed to the majestic Machu Picchu. Views of nature’s beauty and Peru’s finest will certainly make your hiking an unforgettable one.
After a long and difficult hiking that takes about 1-2 hours depending on fitness level, you will be rewarded with the peaceful and stunning sacred lagoon where you can relax and enjoy your tour. You can also do different outdoor activities at the lagoon like exploring, swimming or paddle boarding in the turquoise waters.
With its green landscape, snowy white mountain peaks and turquoise-blue water, Laguna Humantay’s mystifying beauty is absolutely breath taking.