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Everything That You Need To Know About Huamantay Lake

Cusco never ceases to amaze. It is a place full of curious, unusual. Lake Humantay was formed from the snowmelt of the great, snow-capped peaks that surround it. These peaks are part of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba mountain range. What makes Lake Humantay distinctive is its natural color; indescribable with words, but easily understood once you see it. It is part of a unique trip, ideal for photos, and a must-see if you plan on visiting Cusco and the surrounding areas. If you plan on hiking the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, Lake Humantay also serves as the first camping spot.

Huamantay enjoy of an amazing ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay located at 6,264 meters above sea level and which is considered one of the most representative mountains of the Vicalbamba mountain range.

The Turquoise Coloration of the Humantay Lake
The Turquoise color, of the Humantay lake, It is due to the criystallinity of the water and the green microalgae, possibly of species Microcystis aeruginosa and Oscillatoria, and to the reflection of the blue sky plus the radiation of the sun, this would be the factor of said coloration to this beautiful lake.

The Humatay lake is located in the departament of Cusco in the province of Anta of the district of Mollepata. The lake is in the foothills of the Humantay snow-capped mountain or also called the “Apu Humantay” and the other end is the great snow-capped mountain of Salkantay, it is located north-west of the city of Cusco, it is one of the most beautiful natural attractions, bacause it presents an originality of turquoise color and is respected by inhabitants of Mollepata since it is an inexhaustible source of water for agriculture and livestock of the district of Mollepata. Humantay lake is at the coordinates Longitude 72°37’2.43?W?Latitude 13°24’41.72?S.

Altitudes                                                                                                                                                                      Humantay Lake, 4,180 masl (13,779 ft)

With a mystical air, the lagoon is visited by shamans and tourists from all over the world to leave offerings to the Pachamama, deity that represents mother Earth in the Inca culture.
Through the placement of stones, an offering is offered to the Pachamama thanking him for having successfully arrived at the lagoon.

The Humantay Lake is a place that impacts with its immensity, traces and colors in the landscape, which make it one of the unmissable tourist destinations in the region of Cusco.

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