Tour Details

Condors Stargazing Humantay Lake 3d/2n "Embark on an unforgettable journey with Chonta Condors View Point and Humantay Lake Astrophotography Tours. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of nature as you gaze upon majestic condors soaring through the Andean skies, and marvel at the pristine serenity of Humantay Lake. Let the stars above guide your lens as you capture breathtaking astrophotography shots amidst these stunning landscapes. Join us for an adventure that will ignite your spirit and leave you with memories to last a lifetime."
Departure:
Daily
Destination:
Condors Astrophotography Humantay Lake

Tour Plan

Arrival Airport: Cusco– Transfer time to hotel 30min Departure Airport: Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min Our adventure begins in the morning on the first day and ends at end of  the last day. Travel Visa: Not required 

Destination

Price:Based Group Size:2024

1 people : US$1050.00 per person
2 people : US$800.00 per person
3 people: US$750.00 per person
4 people : US$700.00 per person
5 people : US$650.00 per person
6 people : US$600.00 per person
7+ people : US$550.00 per person

At 5am we will collect you from your hotel and head out from Cusco to Chonta, from where our hike begins. We start off by descending to the amazing Inca site of Quillarumiyoc, which means Temple of the Moon. It was an Inca ceremonial site dedicated to the worship of water and, more importantly, to the moon goddess “Quilla”. Quillarumiyoc itself is a fascinating site about 1 km off the highway along a dirt track. The complex comprises a series of water channels following the course of a narrow gulley which descends from the sombre mountain overlooking the site. These water channels flow past sacred rocks, including the Great Stone, carved with a geometric representation of the moon herself, which has given the site its name.
The entire valley occupied by Quillarumiyoc and cut by the stream which feeds its water channels is littered with limestone outcrops – “huacas” or sacred stones – which, when one looks at them as the ancients did, appear to have landed there not so much from another geological region, but from another time. They stand, enormous and imposing, some
with their bases carved into simple altars and others left entirely in their natural state – for they needed no alteration from the hand of man to denote the mysterious nature one senses today and which for the Incas imbued them with religious significance. These sacred stones litter the valley, grey and immutable like an abandoned village, all the way up to the steep slopes of the local Apu, or sacred mountain, which dominates the landscape and seems to force itself into all the photographs one takes of the site.From there, we continue on to Tarawasi, another astounding Inca site, which was used as a ceremonial center, as well as a resting place for the Inca chasquis (Inca runners who delivered messages over long distances). The exceptional polygonal retaining wall, noteworthy for its 28 human-sized niches, is in itself worth the trip from Cusco. On the wall below it, look for flower shapes and a nine-sided heart amid the patchwork of perfectly interlocking stones. Then it will be time to climb back up to Chonta, where we will have some spare time to explore the village before lunch. After a delicious meal, we will walk for approx. 1 to 1 and a half hours to reach an unrivalled condor viewpoint over the valley. Here, we will spend the rest of the afternoon waiting patiently to capture stunning photos of the king of birds: the Andean condor. Chonta for dinner.

Getting up for sunrise is not essential, if you wish so we can get up later to head to the lake. We do encourage arriving for sunrise though, as it is the best light in which to photograph the landscape.We can organize horse rides to the lake if you wish, this will, however, come at extra cost. We recommend doing this tour after having already spent some time in Cusco to acclimatize, this is an uphill walk at altitude, it will be harder without previous acclimatisation. Weather conditions in the Andes are unpredictable so there is always a chance of bad luck, we wish we could control the weather but unfortunately we cannot! Be aware that the months December through to March are the worst for rain, if you do book in this time frame, cloudy and wet conditions are almost inevitable, where this will be the beginning of the journey to the Humantay Lagoon for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Arrival in the Lagoon of Humantay (4,100 masl) we will observe a natural jewel of the Apu Salkantay route, of turquoise color for 1 hour. Then, make the visit to the snow-capped Mountain of Humantay from where you will have a beautiful spectacular view of the Humantay Lagoon. Then, we will make the trek back to Soraypampa for Lunch after some rest we will do skouting around for the following night.

After good rest we will have some time to do some short hikes around soraypampa valley before we will return for lunch. Afterwards we will return to Cusco to arrive at approximately 5 p.m. Continuing to your hotel for your rest.

Places You’ll See

Condors Stargazing Humantay Lake 3d/2n
Condors Stargazing Humantay Lake 3d/2n

What's Included

Accommodation
Professional guide
Meals
Transport
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Food and drinks

Optional Extras​

Group Size

1 – 8 Guests

Experience | Difficulty

  • Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
  • DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
  • Moderate schedule
  • Travel by car or minibus
  • Moderate elevation changes and lots of walking and hiking (none of our adventures have difficult hikes)
  • (non-photographers also welcome)

Includes

  • 3 Days
  • Travel, landscape, nature, wildlife and people photography
  • Professional photographer | guide
  • Photo walks & discussions
  • Small group size (1-8 guests)
  • Hostels
  • Breakfasts
  • All Meals
  • National Park Permits
  • Local transportation

Travel Information

Arrival Airport: Cusco– Transfer time to hotel 30min
Departure Airport: Cusco – Transfer time to hotel 30min
Our adventure begins in the morning on the first day and ends at end of  the last day.
Travel Visa: Not required

Accommodations

Camping

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Condors Stargazing Humantay Lake 3d/2n

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