How To Get From Cusco To Humantay Lake (Travel Guide)
What Is The Distance From Cusco To Humantay Lake?
The distance from Cusco to Humantay Lake is 122 kilometers. Click here to book online Cusco activities and tours
If you want to go on your own from Cusco to Humantay Lake will be possible. Keep reading below our Humantay Lake travel guide!
The travel time from Cusco to Humantay Lake by car is around 3 hours and 30 minutes. You can get a day tour from Cusco as we recommend you to avoid the hassle.
What Is The Cheapest Way From Cusco To Humantay Lake?
The cheapest way from Cusco to Humantay Lake is by bus to Mollepata 15 PEN which is $4 USD and take a taxi ride around 50-70 PEN which is $12-15 USD you can book online to Humantay Lake. Or just keep walking as people start the Humantay Lake 4-day trek from Mollepata to Machu Picchu.
WHERE TO STAY IN CUSCO
The accommodation price can take you around $10–15 USD if you stay in a cheap room. For mid-budget accommodation starts at $30-50 USD and for more than $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Peru.
How To Get From Cusco To Humantay Lake
Cusco to Humantay Lake By Bus (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Cusco to Humantay Lake is by bus plus taxi. There is no direct bus from Cusco to Humantay Lake. You will have to get a bus from Cusco to Mollepata and get a taxi to Humantay Lake or start the hike which can be around 4 hours.
The bus fare from Cusco to Mollepata is around 15 PEN which is $4 USD one way. Once in Mollepata, you will have to get a taxi from Mollepata to Humantay Lake for around $50-70 PEN which is around $12-15 USD. If you are sharing the taxi ride with a few people can be great as experience if you go on a budget.
Make sure the taxi is waiting for you. Otherwise can be really hard to find transportation on the way back. There are a few places to stay )if you don’t get a ride no worries) since Humantay Lake is part of a popular 4-day hike from Cusco to Machu Pichu.
To be honest it’s so much hassle going on your own since prices are so competitive joining for tours leaving from Cusco.
Best Way By Tour From Cusco to Humantay Lake (Day Tour Cusco to Humantay Lake)
You can book a day tour from Cusco to Humantay Lake as we did. They will organize everything for you starting from the pickup, breakfast and lunch.
The best part of joining a day tour is that we got there the first ones to the top of Humantay Lake and we enjoyed the place for our own until the other tour companies got there.
The wake-up call is around 3 am (most of the tours leave around 4-5 am) and you get to Humantay Lake early morning. They will provide a breakfast box so you will have the choice of having breakfast before the hike or as we did after one hour hike having breakfast in Humantay Lake.
Humantay Lake Travel Guide
Humantay Lake is one of the most popular day trips from Cusco. Humantay Lake is 4200 meters high which is less tricky for altitude sickness than Palccoyo or Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain near 5000 meters. The colors with the snow around and when the sun is shining are so beautiful in Humantay Lake.
Humantay Lake Hike
The Humantay Lake hike is little difficult since is too steep. If you are fit it can take 1 hour to reach to the top. If not it will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes and the way is steep.
There are also available horses for the hike just in case you don’t consider yourself fit enough for Humantay Lake hike. The horse ride costs around 80 PEN which is around $20 USD. And it will take 40 minutes to get to Humantay Lake with a horse 20 minutes faster than hiking.
HUMANTAY LAKE ENTRANCE FEE AND OPENING HOURS
Humantay Lake Entrance fee is 20 PEN per person which is around $5 USD and the opening hours start at 6 am.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH HUMANTAY LAKE TOUR
You will have a delicious and complete box breakfast with bread, juice and energy bars. On the way back you will stop in a restaurant for lunch.
The food was so delicious at Sarawasi with beautiful views before having 3 hours drive from Mollepata to Cusco. You will find vegetarian options!
WHAT TO BRING TO HUMANTAY LAKE
Food-only snacks if you are joining a tour since they serve breakfast and lunch.
The water you should be able to bring at least one liter of water per person.
Sunblock is important if you don’t want to get burnt.
Raincoat just in case is raining.
Proper shoes for hiking (it’s more than 1-hour hike to the top and not an easy way to go down)
Camera and phone to get ready for pictures and videos.
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.