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Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour 2 Days

Sacred Lake on The Salkantay Mountain | Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu

Humantay Lake |Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu

Located at the bottom of the magestic Salkantay´s glacier, Humantay Lake is one of the wonders of our region. The views will absolutely take your breath away and the area will offer you peace and serenity.

Humantay Lake - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes Tour

This first day won´t disappoint you. The following day will be spent in magnific Machu Picchu, where you will have time to discover this incredible world-known city made by the Incas high up in the mountains. We will go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by  bus, next using the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town).

For both days, our specialized guide will be at your disposal for any questions, but also to tell you all the history he knows about the sites as a local.

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

We want to give you a unique experience of Cusco region, and if you have short on time, this tour will be a great option. It may be the highlight of your trip.

Pre -Trek Briefing.

When you arrive at your hotel in Cusco, you will have a meeting with our main guide who will give you ample information about your destination 1 or 2 days before your trip, all about your tour schedule, and you can also ask questions for the last preparation. before starting the trek.


Aguas Calientes Humantay Lake Machu Picchu Tour 2 days(Download in PDF: Humantay Lake | Aguas Calientes | Machu Picchu Map)


Day 1:  Humantay Lake Tour

The first day will start by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:30 AM with our private minivan and head to Humantay Mountain. We will stop along the way at Mollepata community to have breakfast.

After our delicious breakfast, we will continue to Soraypampa (3,850 meters above sea level) situated at the bottom of Salkantay mountain. From there will start our 3 kilometers walk, approximately two hours mostly uphill, to reach Humantay mountain and the crystalline lake.

We will spend time at the lake to relax and absorbe the wonderful energy of the area, but also to learn about its history. We will then return along the same route to get back to our minivan. Lunch will be taken at Mollepata before heading back to Cusco. We will arrive back in Cusco at approximately 5:30 PM.

Day 2: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu

Again, we will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning and head to Ollantaytambo, a beautiful village in the heart of the Sacred Valley. From there, we will take the 7:45 AM train to Aguas Calientes, the base town of Machu Picchu. The train journey is about an hour and a half, so we will arrive in Aguas Calientes at 9:15 AM.

We chose the 30 minutes bus option for you to reach Machupicchu, as the 2 hours walk to get to the top will tire you too much for the visit.

Once we get to Machupicchu, your tour with a specialized guide will last about 2.5 hours. Don´t worry, you will then have some free time to explore the archeological site on your own.

We will return to Ollantaytambo on the 5:35 PM train, where our bus will be waiting for us to take you back to your hotel in Cusco. We will arrive in Cusco at approximately 8:30 PM.


Included in the Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu tour

  • Tourist guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua
  •  Bus round trip Humantay lake – Cusco and Cusco- Ollantaytambo
  •  1 Box lunch
  • Train round trip Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
  • The entrance ticket to Machupicchu

Not Included in the tour

  • Lunch for the second day
  • Dinner
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Bus round trip to machupiccchu inca side

What To Bring ?

  • Original passport (better to also bring a copy to buy tickets)
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera with external battery
  • Suncream
  • Hat for the sun and for the cold
  • Hiking sticks
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hiking shoes, trousers and jumpers

Departures & Price

Departure dates 2019 – 2020


group per personprivate per person
$ 390 per person$ 420 per person

students: discount of $20, but you have to supply us with a copy of your ISIC card when you make the booking. Children up to 15 years of age will be charged as students, under the condition that you supply us with a copy of the passport at the time of booking time.

Note: A minimum of two people is required to run the trek, and there is a maximum of eight people per group.

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