Famed for its clear, turquoise water that is unique in the mountainous region of Cuzco, Humantay Lake has earned a reputation as among the sought-after place by tourists within this specific region of Peru.

For a place which thrives in fresh water and a source for the people of the nearby district of Mollepata, Humantay Lake is a place that is deplete of human settlements around its proximity. Yet, for something quite remote from the nearest civilization, the idea is hardly surprising. 

And, where there is no human presence in the area, the lake remains mostly untouched and is thus preserved for everything that is natural and beautiful to see. Taken as a view from a high elevation, the Humantay Lake is easily described in the perfect assortment of three colorations: light blue, darker blue, and green.

The shallow areas of the beautiful lake, due to the influence of light and the wavelength of colors, give off a dye of light blue whereas the deeper areas exude a shade of darker blue, if not black. Areas around the coast send out clear and green coloration due to the natural flora that are endemic under the shallower waters of the lake.

Yet, while the location might seem dazzling by description, is the journey towards this remote lake of Peru worth all the hours spent getting to it?

Well, for something which some sources refer to as a “hidden gem” of Peru, it is worth it!

Getting There

Reaching the lake by the foothills of the snow-capped Apu Humantay—a local term for the mountain of Humantay—is no simple feat. The distance alone can already tell you that much.

For a journey which takes about several hours on average, depending on where you are coming from, travel time towards the landing point for Humantay Lake demands an early travel. By “early,” we meant around 4 or 5 in the morning which is much of a big deal for today’s night owls.

But that was just the initial part of the adventure. Before we could even have arrived at the lake itself, there are two entry points to pass—the nearby district of Mollepata and Soraypampa. Literally, no one coming from Cuzco ever reaches these points at the very early in the morning—that is, earlier than 9 AM—unless travel time itself is far earlier as well.

Although Mollepata had always been the primary stop point for most travelers coming from Cuzco, it is mostly only so for breakfast after some hours of non-stop travel by vehicle. The real leg walk did not start to happen until reaching Soraypampa, which is the true gateway to Humantay Lake based on conventional pathway.

The idea of having to walk long distances to reach the area of Lake Humantay may be physically-taxing for most people. But, like anything that is worthy of undertaking, the journey towards the famed lake around the mountains is definitely worth the trip. 


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