Machu Picchu and Humantay Lake tour - 2 Days
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City Tour Cusco is ideal for people that recently arrive in Cusco or want to know better the Inca city. The Cusco city tour combines attractions from the Inca Culture, and from colonial times. We provide guaranteed daily departures for all: Tours for singles and groups. This tour starts and ends in Cusco and is by walking and bus.
The city tour in Cusco, Peru will take you to explore one of the most historical and cultural cities in South America. Here are some things you can expect from a city tour in Cusco:
- Historic Center Tour: You will visit Cusco’s historic center, which is full of well-preserved colonial buildings and cobblestone streets. You can explore the Plaza de Armas, the Cusco Cathedral and the Church of the Society of Jesus, among other places.
- Nearby Archaeological Sites: Many city tours include visits to archaeological sites near Cusco, such as Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. These are impressive examples of Inca architecture.
- Informative Commentary: You will have a tour guide who will provide you with information about the history, culture and architecture of Cusco and the sites you visit. You will learn about the Inca and colonial heritage.
- Handicrafts and Local Markets: You may stop at a local handicraft market where you can buy souvenirs and handmade products.
- Transportation: Transportation may vary depending on the activities we are going to do, some city tours are done on foot, while others use buses or private vehicles, depending on the places visited.
- Small Groups: Our city tour usually has small groups with which we can manage much better.
- Duration: The duration of the city tour can vary, from a few hours to the whole day.
Cusco is a city rich in history and culture, so a city tour will allow you to explore its most outstanding treasures and learn about its fascinating past. Be sure to research the available options and choose a city tour that suits your interests and time available.
USD 420.00 per person
Book now and complete the balance upon arrival in Cusco.
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Day 1: Cusco – Mollepata – Soraypampa – Humantay Lake – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
The tour kicks off with hotel pickups between 4:30 and 5:00 AM. Once the group is assembled, you’ll embark on a two-hour journey to Mollepata village, where a hearty breakfast awaits, providing you with the energy for the day ahead. You’ll also have time for restroom breaks and the opportunity to purchase any last-minute essentials like water or snacks that you may have forgotten in Cusco. From there, it’s another hour in the van until you reach the starting point at Soraypampa.
Your knowledgeable tour guide will offer valuable information and tips to commence the hike to Humantay Lake. Along the way, you’ll be treated to breathtaking mountain vistas and scenic panoramas. The sight of the snowmelt creating this stunning lagoon is truly awe-inspiring. Your guide will provide insights about the region and assist you in capturing the best photos.
After visiting Humantay Lake in Peru, you’ll descend to Soraypampa for a delectable lunch prepared by our skilled chef and restaurant team. Following lunch and some well-deserved relaxation, you’ll continue by van to Ollantaytambo, a journey of approximately three hours.
In Ollantaytambo, depending on availability, you’ll board a train to Aguas Calientes, a ride lasting about one hour and 45 minutes. Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, your tour guide will be ready at the train station to escort you to a restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, you’ll head to your hotel in Aguas Calientes to rest up for the next day.
Day 2: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo – Cusco
An early start awaits you as you have breakfast and catch a bus to Machu Picchu, a journey of approximately 30 minutes to the main entrance. Upon arrival, you’ll meet with your tour guide to begin your exploration of Machu Picchu. Your guide will provide detailed insights into its history, function, construction, and more. This is also the perfect opportunity to capture stunning photographs of this incredible wonder of the world.
Once you’ve fully immersed yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes. You can choose to take a leisurely 45-minute walk or opt for a bus ride (for an additional fee of USD 12).
In Aguas Calientes, you’ll have free time to explore the town, relax in the hot springs, or dine at one of the many restaurants, hotels, or bars. There’s plenty of time for relaxation before your train journey in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, contingent upon availability, you’ll board a train back to Ollantaytambo, a journey lasting approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival, your transfer or driver will be waiting to transport you back to Cusco.
- Pre-Departure Information in Cusco
- Professional and Knowledgeable Tour Guide
- Morning Hotel Pick-up
- Transfer to Soraypampa (Commencement Point for the
- Humantay Hike)
- Transportation from Soraypampa to Ollantaytambo
- Train Tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
- Transport Included Throughout the Journey
- One-Night Stay in a Hotel at Aguas Calientes
- Provided Meals: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, and 1 Dinner
- Admission to Lake Humantay
- Entrance Ticket to Machu Picchu
- Guided Exploration
- Train Tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Transport Back from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Comprehensive First-Aid Kit, Equipped with an Emergency
- Oxygen Bottle
- Dietary Options
- Specialized Vegetarian and Dietary Choices Available
- Extra expenses
- Primary Identification Document (e.g., Passport)
- Proof of Vaccination or COVID-19 Test Results conducted within a 48-hour window
- Compact Daypack
- Hydration for the initial day
- Outerwear or Insulating Layer
- Insulated Gloves
- Cozy Outer Layer
- Trekking Footwear
- Trekking Trousers
- Rain Cover (or Waterproof Jacket)
- Short-Sleeved Shirt and Shorts
- Waterproof Walking Shoes or Boots
- UV Protection Cream
- Shades or Eyewear for Sun Protection
- Sunshield Hat
- Personal Medications
- Camera Equipment and Additional Batteries
Frequent Asked Questions
Where is Humantay lake located in Peru?
The Humantay lagoon is situated approximately 77 miles or 125 kilometers away from Cusco, with a one-hour distance to the northwest from the town of Mollepata. It rests nestled between the awe-inspiring Salkantay and Humantay mountains.
Is Humantay Lake open?
Humantay Lake was temporarily shuttered on March 16, 2020, in response to COVID-19 regulations and lockdown measures. It was officially reinstated on March 15, 2021, under COVID-19 restrictions implemented jointly by the local municipality and the Peruvian government. Since then, Humantay Lake has remained accessible. Nonetheless, there remain specific protocols that individuals must adhere to in order to fully appreciate this magnificent locale.
How hard is the hike to Humantay Lake?
The hike to Humantay Lake is moderately challenging due to its high altitude, steep terrain, and potential altitude-related symptoms. Proper acclimatization, sturdy footwear, and consideration of changing weather conditions are essential for a successful hike.
How long is a Machu Picchu from Humantay lake?
Two routes lead from Humantay Lake to Machu Picchu. The first is the “Humantay Lake to Machu Picchu by bus and train in a 2-day tour from Cusco,” and the second is the traditional “Salkantay trek,” a five-day hiking adventure.
How high is Salkantay Pass?
The stunning panoramic vista from Salkantay Pass reaches an elevation of 14,225 feet (4,650 meters) above sea level. This pass serves as the primary route connecting Mollepata to the lush Santa Teresa rainforest region, ultimately leading to Machu Picchu.
Do I need to bring my original passport on the Humantay and Machu Picchu Tour?
While it’s not obligatory to present your passport for the initial day’s excursion to Humantay Lake, Peruvian regulations necessitate the possession of your original passport for access to Machu Picchu.