SAS Travel Peru - Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator

Welcome to SAS Travel, Peru, Machupicchu and the Andes…. Inca Trail to Machupicchu Licensed Specialist Operator. Leaders of Quality & Personalized treks and tours in Cusco, Manu National Park and Peru. Your memorable experience and superior service during your holidays touring with SAS Travel are our priority and mission, 100% operated by SAS Travel and guaranteed departures for affordable prices, environmentally and socially friendly sensitive company. Direct Operators and run by a local family. Highly recommended by more than 120,000.00 happy campers. An spiritual journey for your mind, body and soul... you will come back different.

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Leaving Frequency

4 person minimum
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AVAILABILITY & BOOKING.

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Price Information

US$ 1,890.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

This price US$ 1890.00 per person, it is with a minimum of 4 people for the Manu tour. (Based in Double accommodation)
If only 2 people booking for the Manu tour an additional US$ 400.00 per person is required to allow the operation of the Manu tour with only 2 people as private or check our confirmed group service departures.

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Overview

Trek Inca Trail to Machupicchu and visit Manu are the highlight for visitors to Cusco.

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Is it for me?

Mountains, history, archaeology and nature lovers. It is important to be in good physical condition to make this moderate rated but truly rewarding trek. Stay in Cusco three or at least 2 days for acclimatisation previous your trek. Get a shared 9 Kg porter for your equipment (sleeping bag, mattress and clothing, bring a day-pack for your personal items). If you want to visit a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes. A good mix of culture, nature, archaeology and scenic beauty. ..then this is for you! Book early, Get in shape, Get good boots and have fun... !

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Difficulty

Inca Trail 4 Day trek is a moderate hike ( 8 Hrs walking the first 3 days, last day is only 2 hrs to reach Machupicchu and have enough time to explore and a guided visit.
Manu Park 6 Day tour is a relaxing experience with a lots of stops to explore and discover the beauty and magic of nature, comfortable lodges for every night, full board meals and experienced guide.

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Briefing

Meet the night before the trek in the SAS Travel office in Cusco at 07:00 pm at Calle Garcilaso 270 near the San Francisco Plaza, where you will meet with your group and guide. Here you will be given any rental equipment such as sleeping bags and duffle bags if you have requested extra porter.

....Those snow-capped peaks in an unknown and unexplored part of Perù fascinated me greatly. They tempted me to go and see what lay beyond. In the ever famous words of Rudyard Kipling there was .. Something hidden! Go and find it! Go and look beyond the ranges- Something lost behind the ranges. Lost and waiting for you ... Go!!!
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"... The roads of the Incas were the most useful and stupendous works ever executed by man. " Alexander Von Humboldt

The Inca Trail is the most famous hike in South America – perhaps the world – and a must-do and one of the biggest highlights of your trip to Peru. Best known as it treks through a range of spectacular Inca ruins along its path. The stunning scenery spanning through altitudes in the valley from 2700m to mountain passes of 4200m is breath-taking, with views of snow capped mountains. Finally passing through the cloud forest to arrive to the majestic Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu itself . The trek will prove unforgetable not just for the stunning sights but the experiences of being accompanied by the warmth, knowledge and expertise of
SAS Travel the Peruvian tour operator who support you in this trek.

SAS Travel is a responsible, reliable and reputable Tour Operator for nearly two decades, offering high quality tours with an special personal touch exceeding expectation of hundreds of clients now friends, thanks to a full time dedicated and well motivated proffesional staff, that treat its porters well and with respect, promoting a possitive impact in the Andean communities and pioneers respecting the environment but overall offering the highest possible quality treks and tours services within Peru.
4 times rewarded and recognized by Tourism Ministry Dircetur Cusco.

The Machupicchu Historical Sanctuary was created in 1981, with an area of 32,592 hectares. In 1983 it was designated by UNESCO as both a Natural and Cultural World Heritage site in the western hemisphere.
Machu Picchu
The Lost City of the Incas was elected in the 7 New Wonders of the World on July 2007.

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Classic Inca Trail hike & Manu National Park 10 Days COMBO. (Promotional rate).

Last Minute Information

  • The permits for Inca Trail trek are so limited, only 200 permits available per day FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. You must book and pay a booking deposit well in advance. For high season (May to October, 6-4 months in advance.) Low season (November to April, 4-3 months in advance.) CHECK INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY in real time. (Click: QUERIES -Select: CAMINO INKA -Select: Month and Year).
  • See on Step 1: AVAILABILITY Low season (November to April, 4-3 months in advance.) Book ONLINE on Step 2: BOOKINGS Get a Code (Purchase Number) and pay a booking deposit of US$ 600.00 p/person with Western Union to Mr: Irwin Jesus POMA FLORES (Peru) OR
  • Pay a booking deposit ONLINE on Step 3: TO PAY ONLINE with Master Card US$ 630.00 p/person. Book and pay as soon as possible to avoid disappointments.
  • FAST BOOKINGS: Send us details of your group (Full names, passport number,age and nationality) and departure date required by EMAIL, and call or Skype us to pay a booking deposit with a card (American Express,Master Card or Visa card) and confirm your permits in only few minutes with our english/french speaking staff.
  • The best itinerary and campsites for each night, including Wiñaywayna camp. Pick up from your hotel at 05:00 am on Day 1. Tour with the best Inca Trail guides, extraordinaire chefs (Gourmet Peruvian meals) and well respected and better paid porters (The Blue Label Team). Treated drinkable water provided on route. Packed snacks in Machupicchu and snack lunch with Pisco Sour in Aguas Calientes, before your train to Cusco. Confirmed and Guaranteed Daily departures on any date you wish. Very welcome group of friends, couples or solo travellers. New and decent tents and equipment. 100% Operated by SAS Travel. Free Luggage Storage in Cusco.
  • Inca Trail trek with SAS Travel... ...an spiritual pilgrimage throughout the Inca Trail and Machupicchu for your mind, body and soul... unique adventure for your senses ! Quality tours with a special personal touch !!

Classic 4 Day Inca Trail & Manu National Park 10 Day package
Day 1: Inca Trail 4 Day hike, Piskacucho km 82- Wayllabamba.(camping)
Day 2: Ayapata- Llulluchayoq- Dead woman´s pass- pacaymayo.(camping)
Day 3: Chakicocha, Intipata- Wiñaywayna (camping)
Day 4: Wiñaywayna, Machupicchu- Aguas Calientes.Hotel Marqueses
Day 5: Cusco, Bambu lodge -Manu National Park
Day 6: Bambu lodge, Capybara Lodge -Manu National Park.
Day7: Capybara lodge, Manu National Park.
Day 8: Capybara lodge, Boca Manu Lodge, Manu National Park
Day 9: Boca Manu Lodge, Bambu Lodge, Manu National Park.
Day 10: Bambu Lodge, Cusco, Manu National Park. End of our service.

Classic 4 Day Inca Trail & Manu National Park 10 Day package offer you the highlights while you are in Cusco. Manu National Park is a Biodiverse Reserve awarded recently by UNESCO, visit and explore with us the pristine Manu Reserved area.

Program Itinerary

Day 1: Start of Inca Trail Trek early bus to Km 82 where Inca Trail begin 8 hours walk approx.

Day 2: 4 hrs walk to Dead woman Pass 4,200 Mts , then Pacaymayo for the 2nd Camp

Day 3: Enjoy the best part of the trail with a serie of Inca edifications en route, 3rd camp.

Day 4: 2 Hrs to reach Machupicchu, plenty of time to explore, guided tour late return to Cusco.

Day 5: 6am bus to Manu, stop to see the Lek of birds

Day 6: 1 hr to Atalaya, motor boat to Manu, spotting birds, monkeys, caymans Lodge

Day 7: Exploration of the Manu reserve, walk the trail system to observe the ecosystem Lodge

Day 8: Early spotting near the lake to see Giant Otters, Caymans, at Salvador Lake.

Day 9: All morning dedicated to see more of the Park. Return to Boca Manu Lodge.

Day 10: Boat return to Atalaya and land transport return to Cusco. Arriving by 6 pm.

What is Included:

  • Pre-departure briefing at 7:00 pm the night before of your tour in our office.
  • Collection from your hotel in Cusco from (05:00 am) or Sacred Valley (07:20 am).
  • Private bus to km 82 –Piskacucho village (trek starting point)
  • Breakfast in Urubamba in our farm house, bathrooms available.
  • 11 Full meals for the entire tour (4 Breakfast, 4 Lunch 3 Dinner) + snacks (vegetarian,vegan option, gluten,wheat free or special diets upon your request.)
  • 2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cook, assistants.
  • Permit for Inca Trail Park and Machupicchu Sanctuary.
  • Porters to carry camping equipment, tents, table,stools and cooking gear.
  • 2 Excellent experienced top tour guides (9-16 person / 6-8 with 1 tour guide)
  • 2 expert SAS gourmet mountain cooks, assistants.
  • Dining and kitchen tent, camping tables and stools
  • Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon on camp.
  • Boiled water provided from 2nd day.
  • A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea in your tent.
  • 2 person per tent (clean,new spacious 4 person dome igloo tent)
  • Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
  • Buckets of hot water for washing in your tent every day.
  • Emergency First-aid kit and Oxygen assistance..
  • Toilet tent with biodegradable system.
  • 3-4 guided tour in Machupicchu and extra time for yourself.
  • Snack at Machupicchu before your tour.
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town.
  • Lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machupicchu tour.
  • Time to go to the hot springs or shop around the village.
  • Tourist Expedition train return to Poroy Station and bus to Cusco (Return to Plaza Regocijo end of our tour.)
  • 1 Night at Hotel in Cusco.
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  • SAS Travel Highlights:
  • Visit and guided tours of the 7 Inca archaeological sites en route.
  • Boiled purified water after breakfast to refill your bottles.
  • 11 nutritious, delicious buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness by our excellent cooks.
  • Vegetarian food and specialised diets by request, combination of International and Peruvian Cuisine 4 Breakfast ,4 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
  • Fairly treated porters carry the equipment, tents, food,gear and dining tents.
  • Accommodation, personal equipment, enough food, transport, permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks.
  • Health Insurance for our porters, cooks, assistants and field crew.
  • Free storage for your backpack in Aguas Calientes.
  • Free and safe Storage in Cusco while you are on tours in Hotel Marqueses.
  • Inca Trail Survivor Certificate signed by your guides.
  • Confirmed Expedition train return to Cusco.
  • Biodegradable soap and hand cleansing gel.
  • Especial rates at Hotel Marqueses,free transport at your arrival to Cusco.
  • 100% Operated by SAS Travel, we never put you with other tour operators.
  • We guarantee 100% Peruvian SAS top tour leaders.
  • Walk to Inca bridge after your tour, optional.

What is not Included:

  • Accommodation before and after your tours.
  • Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) US$25 for 3 nights
  • Shared porter for 9 Kg US$75 (entire trek)
  • Single tent US$ 70 for 3 nights entire trek
  • Trekking poles US$10 each for the entire trek
  • Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks and porters. It`s a tradition
  • but not mandatory.
  • Ticket for HuaynaPicchu mountain US$ 75.00 (Book in advance)

We recommend that you bring

  • Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
  • A daypack to carry your personal belongings
  • (SAS provide a duffle bag for personal porter in case you hire.)
  • Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
  • Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Trekking poles metal tips are not allowed on the trail
  • Warm clothes,layers for variable temperature especially at night
  • Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
  • Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
  • T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
  • Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
  • Sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent
  • Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
  • Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
  • 2 litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
  • Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs for hikers with an extra night in Aguas Calientes (5 Day Special Inca Trail)
  • Extra money for drinks and tips in soles (porters, cooks and guides.)
  • Emergency money at least 200-350 extra soles.

Recommendations

  • Please Note: Hostel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system, it has one of the best locations in town, far enough from the riverside so it is not noisy, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only a few blocks from Train and Bus Station and you don`t have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hotspring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this tour package to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes town to celebrate your accomplishment of the Inca Trail trek or any special date/ tour then please request one of the recommended hotel Upgrades below:
  • (Alternative accommodation based on double occupancy ).
  • UP-GRADING Hotels in Aguas Calientes
  • Hotel Presidente or Inka Town or Green Nature Standard USD$ 25.00 p/person
  • Green Nature Superior room US$ 36.00 p/person
  • Hotel Santuario US$ 49.00 p/person.
  • Hotel Andina Luxury US$ 46.00 p/person.
  • Mapi -INKATERRA US$ 90.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel Hatuchay Tower US$115.00 p/person
  • Hotel INKATERRA US$ 260.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 220.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel alongside Machupicchu: Sanctuary Lodge US$ 490.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • To guarantee your hotel reservation UP-GRADE, please include the payment of it in your tour booking deposit, so we can reserve and pay for your hotel in advance. All Hotel policies require full payment of your accommodation 20-45 days prior your reservation date.
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  • IMPORTANT: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip to all hotel accommodations. The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not loose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your check-in.

Please note

  • Acclimatisation.- Acclimatisation is a process of adjusting to the reduced oxygen pressure in the atmosphere at high altitude. This process differs for everyone and there are no rules as to who will suffer the effects of high altitude. The problem with altitude is that as you go higher, the air becomes thinner and less oxygen is available. At first, the rate and depth of your breathing increases, later you get an increase in heart rate and increase in number of red blood cells and their ability to use oxygen. Although you can acclimatise sufficiently in 3 days or a couple of days to a particular altitude. Being in excellent physical condition does not aid in acclimatisation, nor does it make you less prone to altitude sickness. On flying from sea-level to La Paz or Cusco, everyone feels the effects of altitude to a certain degree. The symptoms are headaches, breathlessness, feelings of dizziness, insomnia, and lost of appetite. You can help alleviate it by drinking lots of water or better Coca tea (tea made from coca leaves), avoiding alcohol, sedatives or any other mind-altering substances and heavy and hard to digest food (high-carbohydrate meals), and above all by resting. Acclimatisation is achieved when the heartbeat is normal at rest, you can eat and sleep well and have no headache.
  • High-altitude sickness.- Acute mountain sickness (AMS), cerebral oedema and pulmonary oedema. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) know locally as Soroche is the most common of the three variations. The symptoms of AMS or altitude sickness, which usually develop six to 12 hours after exposure to altitude, are severe headache, nausea, and sleeplessness, drinks lots of water or lots of coca tea with sugar.
  • Remedies for Altitude sickness, AMS, or Soroche.- Given the altitudes many people habitually travel to and live at, it`s not surprising that many local remedies are advocated for treating altitude sickness. Probably the best know remedy is mate de coca, (tea made from coca leaves) or chewing coca leaves, but others include tea made from the leaves of various high altitude plants. Coramina glucosada, Effortil, Micoren or Sorojchi, a blend of Micoren, caffeine and aspirin. These remedies may help alleviate some of the symptoms (although rest, painkillers and oxygen will have the same effect), but they won`t affect how quickly you acclimatise.
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  • PREPARATION.-
  • Fitness.- Trekking can be a moderate - strenuous activity, particularly if you`re not in peak physical condition, so make sure what you are planning is within your capabilities and that there is some flexibility built into your plans.
  • Training.- If you can, some pre-trek fitness training is a good idea, and will reduce the likelihood of sprains, falls and overuse injuries. Start to get fit at least a couple of months before you leave, it is much better to walk briskly in hilly country than to run along level roads. Cycling is also a good way of preparing for trekking, since it involves most of the same muscles, this will strengthen the thigh muscles which in turn protect the knees.
  • Equipment.- Make sure you are fully prepared for the environment conditions you`re likely to encounter and take a well stocked personal medical kit.
  • Footwear.- Running shoes and sandal are not much use on a trek if rough terrain, so unless you can get hold of a decent pair of walking boots.
  • High altitude trekking.- Make sure you know what to look for and what to do if you develop signs of altitude illness.
  • Sunburn.- The combination of equatorial sun and high altitude makes sunburn a real danger to hikers in the Andes. Protect yourself with long, loose clothing and a really good suncream made for skiers or mountaineers, with a protection factor of 20. Lipsalve is essential to prevent cracked lips and should contain sunscreen, and remember how vulnerable your nose is. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and a long-sleeved shirt, at least until you have built up a protective tan and, if wearing a T-shirt, protect the back of your neck with a bandana or neckerchief.
  • Hypotermia.-
  • Travel Insurance.- Check that your insurance covers you for trekking, and consider joining a local emergency rescue organisation.
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  • The best camp sites along the Inca Trail trek.- Our first campsite is at Ayapata camp (3,200 masl) and second camp at Chaquicocha (2,900 masl) are the best campsites from the entire Inca Trail trek, (not crowded and very tranquil sites). Our 3rd night camping is in Wiñaywayna campsite
  • 100% of our groups achieve to this campsite, which is only 2 hours near Machupicchu and 1 hour to the Sun`s Gate on Day 4 th early. Late bookings are often with Phuyupatamarca campsite due to lack of camping spaces in Wiñay-wayna and it is from 4 to 5 hours to reach Machupicchu.... so book early.
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  • SAS Travel is not only a licensed specialist operator for Inca Trail treks with more than 20 years, is one of the most reliable and experienced tour operator in Peru, the first trekking local operator providing quality treks in Peru. Inspired and supported by a group of reputables mountain guides from Cusco. The service provided by SAS Travel is second to none, (Top guides, buffet style meals, quality equipment, well treated porters, etc) and the price that we offer is very competitive and offers great value for your money. The tour price was quoted in US$ dollars at S/3.40 Peruvian sol, today the dollar dropped significantly to S/ 2.61 SAS Travel have not increased the price of this premium group service !!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions related to the ‘Inca Trail’ trek with SAS Travel
  • A.- BEFORE YOU GO
  • B.- ON THE TREK
  • C.- BOOKINGS & RESERVATIONS
  • A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is included in the price of the tour?
  • This link shows all the inclusions and what is NOT included in the price of the tour? http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/339/inca-trail-classic-4-day/
  • Where are the Departure points for our TREKS?
  • Pick up from your hotels at 05:30 am (have early breakfast, most hotels offer breakfast or pack breakfast) we depart at 06:00 am from just near hotel Marqueses (Plaza Regocijo near Restaurant Chicha) please provide a clear contact details of your accommodation at your check-in in the Cusco office. Your guides will provide procedure`s details at the “pre trek briefing” the night before you depart.
  • Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking?
  • On the trek/tour, you should only bring with you the things you really want/need and leave the rest of your things with us. SAS Travel offers Free luggage storage for all of our customers. If you have luggage that you wish to leave with us in Cusco then bring it to the meeting point on the morning of the departure. A SAS Travel Rep will take your things to be stored in the Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso 265- Tèl: 257819), which is right next door to our main SAS Travel office. You can then pick up your things up from the safe storage in Hotel Marqueses any time after your trek (the hotel is open 24 hours). You must bring the tag given to you as receipt when you first dropped off your items:
  • What should I pack?
  • This link shows a list of recommended items:
  • http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/339/inca-trail-classic-4-day/
  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag. Can I rent one?
  • YES you can just organise it at the time of booking or book directly in the office on your check-in
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius US $ 25.00
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20.00
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20.00
  • Personal shared porter for 6 Kg $ 50.00
  • Personal shared porter for 9 Kg $75.00
  • I don`t have a sleeping mat. Do I need one?
  • We include in the cost of the tour the loan of a sleep mat for the duration of the trek.
  • This is a fairly thick bulky mat that weighs 1 kg and we still say if you are travelling with a Therma-rest mattress or technologically advanced type of sleep mat then definitely bring that instead!
  • How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?
  • Sleepmat weight = 1 kg
  • Sleeping bag weight = 2.5 kg
  • I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with?
  • Yes another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 70.00 (For the entire trek )
  • Will I need any extra money?
  • YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water/drinks, a hot shower on the 3rd night (5 soles), the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, drinks in your lunch in Aguas Calientes, etc. You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money that hopefully you will return to Cusco with! Also, for the passengers that are concerned about health, it may be prudent on your part to keep in mind that a train ride from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes costs approx US$40-50 (in the case you need to leave the trail early).
  • Do the guides speak English?
  • SAS Travel has high standards for our guides. All of our top guides must be educated in the field of tourism, first aid assistance and completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours as some of them are historians and archaeologists.
  • How many people will be in my group?
  • We require 6 person minimum for our treks, indicated dates on web availability are open groups in which you are welcome to join, Average 10-12 trekkers per group . We can have up to 8 trekkers with one guide and from 9 -16 trekkers we have 2 licensed trekking guides.
  • During low season the groups are more likely to be small and during high season the groups will likely be full.
  • The INC has a rule in place that limits the amount of passengers per 2 guides to 16 persons. If we are getting a lot of requests for a date and there are still a good number of permits available, we can easily open up a second group for the same date.
  • Should I hire an extra porter?
  • If you have not trekked in altitude before we would suggest your organise the extra porter. Unless you have hired an extra porter you will need to carry your own back pack, sleeping bag and the mattress and water for the day. 75% of our travellers hire the extra porter for 6 kilos = $50 or 9 Kg for US$75. If you would like to have a porter carry your things, one can be hired for US $50 for every 6 kilos or $75 for 9 kilos ( shared porter, each porter carries 18 Kg plus his gear) SAS provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike. You should bring only what you absolutely need/want on the trek, and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco (see the information on our Free Luggage Storage).
  • Even if you do hire a porter you will still need a day pack with you so that you can carry such items as your camera, water bottle, snacks (energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, remember glucose is a big help and imperative in heights), sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) and anything else you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.
  • It is best to put everything up to 18 kgs in one duffle bag if you are a couple or 2 for the porter so that you don’t have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a duffel bag to use. At the final lunch in Aguas Calientes town the staff will provide white sacs to those who hired extra porters for transporting your belongings back to Cusco. Please return it to our main office in Cusco.
  • Please note that there are fines and notifications if you give an excess of 9 Kgs or 18 kgs, so try to under-pack rather than over-pack—if it is overweight at the weigh station, items will have to be removed to reduce the weight.
  • B. ON THE TREK.-
  • I am not really an experienced trekker? What if I can’t keep up? How difficult is the Inca Trail?
  • Most people have that concern but don`t worry. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy this awesome walk.
  • The Inca Trail is considered a moderate hike. It's not a technical hike but there are a lot of Inca stairs to walk up and down, and the altitude may affect some individuals. We recommend using a trekking poles...and have an early night before the trek! Also knee supports or vandages are very useful after second day.
  • Are Trekking poles really necessary?
  • For this trek more than any of the treks, we DO recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking down immense sets of Inca stairs. It will help with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees. SAS Travel and the INC ask that you not use trekking poles with metal tips as it damages the trail. You can purchase rubber tips for metal poles from any local camping shop.
  • How long will I be walking every day? How long is the trail?
  • 46 Km/ 28 Miles
  • This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
  • Day 1: 12 kilometers (8.6 miles) 6-7 hours Ayapata camp.
  • Day 2: 18 kilometers (10.9 miles) 7-8 hours (“Dead Womans Pass,” the highest pass of the trek at 4,200m, is on this day and the longest day )
  • Day 3: 10 km (7.3 miles) at 5-6 hours.
  • Day 4: 6 Km around 2 hours walk before arriving to Machu Picchu.
  • You will wake up around 4.30 am, 1 hour to Inti-punku \"Sun`s Gate\"
  • The entire trail is about 46 kilometers (27 miles) long from start to finish. If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. Check for the free passes with your tour guides.
  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Inca Trail?
  • It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full day spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Inca Trail is 4200m/13818ft. You will sleep at 3340m/10988ft for two nights.
  • What if I am unable to finish the trail?
  • In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due health issues, SAS Travel will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense.(Travel Insurance required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though.
  • Generally if due to altitude sickness people can`t make it over the pass on the 2nd day they come back to Ollantaytambo accompanied by a porter if just mild (or guide if serious) and if they recover from altitude sickness they stay the night here in Ollantaytambo and then take the train to Aguas Calientes the next day ( Day 3) and we look after them in Hostal Viajeros and then they rejoin their group in Machu Picchu early on Day 4 and continue the tour as normal. the additional costs for this such as train ticket and accommodations is payable by the passenger and usually is between $60 and $100 total and a document for insurance purposes is provided for your claim.
  • Can SAS Travel accommodate my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
  • Not to worry, SAS Travel is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served.
  • Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua sauces and soups, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken cacerole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques, avocados and other potatoes delicious dishes ….
  • Will I need to bring water?
  • We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 litre bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.
  • Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.
  • Are there bathrooms along the way?
  • Along the trail there are several sites with toilets. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out. Leave no trace! Please do not litter.
  • Is it OK to bring toddlers on the trail?
  • If you are thinking of bringing any small children with you, we highly recommend arranging a private tour with us instead of going on a group service departure. That way, you can get the extra attention that you will require from the guide. It should be remembered that it is likely you will have a difficult time as it is, so if you have never done higher altitude trekking with your child before, you’ll want to carefully consider your enjoyment and the enjoyment of the child. Also, it should be kept in mind that the emergency rescue services while on the trek are extremely limited.
  • Is there a chance that my trek will be canceled?
  • There is very little possibility of a cancellation of a trek by the INC (Park Office) even under extreme weather circumstances or even in case of a strike there will be no cancellation. The INC or SAS Travel cannot change the date of a trek if there is a general strike. We do everything possible to ensure you get to the trail head to start the trek for the permit date and this means that we must have correct contact details as about 4-5 times a year there is a general strike. This means no land transport is allowed to travel and so the night before the trek /strike date we have to gather everyone together and drive to the trail head area to camp the night before so we make sure that the trek goes ahead.
  • In the case that a passenger decides to cancel the tour for whatever reason, you will just have to pay US$45 more and we can put you on a train to Aguas Calientes. That way you are still able to use the Machu Picchu entrance join your group for a tour and return train ticket at least.
  • Is the trail still good during the rainy season? Is it safe?
  • The trail is perfectly safe during the rainy season. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists. If you are one who doesn’t mind the rain, then we say ‘Go for it!’ You will just have to bring good rain gear and waterproof boots.
  • What kind of weather can I expect on the trek? Temperatures?
  • During the “rainy season” (1 Dec – 1 May), you could have some rain any day but you can expect that it could rain every day in Feb and could be heavy! Often in Dec and Jan you may just get some light continual showers or it could be fine and then a heavy afternoon downpoor but in truth you could also have fine days. At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 2 degrees Celsius.
  • On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring time, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as 0 to -5 degrees Celsius.
  • It is always best to dress in layers during anytime of year, really. As you hike, put them on when you feel cold or shed them and put it in your day pack when you get hot.
  • How many trekkers and trek crew are in a typical group?
  • For a group of max 16 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 assistant guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 18 porters or carriers.
  • If the group is 8 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 12 porters or carriers.
  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?
  • Tips for the above mentioned trekking staff are not included in the price of the trek. Tips are optional not mandatory. Generally tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the third night of the trek at Wiñaywayna camp after the evening meal since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.
  • Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator and Porters: On the third night at dinner time someone from the group is usually elected to collect the tips. Please remember to take plenty of small denomination bills in Peruvian Soles. We recommend that the cook should receive about 50% more than the other trekking staff. The money should be paid directly to each individual or representative of porters rather than given to the guide or cook.
  • Deciding how much to tip is always a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decision. SAS Travel pay our trek staff fairly and treat them with respect and try to provide good working conditions. We think that a tip should not be used to subsidize a poor wage but should be a way to show the staff that you have enjoyed the trek and appreciated the services that they have provided. The tip should therefore be optional and not mandatory. However, if you have enjoyed the service, we recommend that each person in the group contributes between 50 and 60 soles ( US$ 17-21 ) to a “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and porters. This should ensure that each person will receive a tip of about US$15 and the cook around US$30. Obviously if you want to tip more please do so.
  • Tips for the Assistant Guide: The assistant guide will accompany the group to Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes, he is incharge of getting the passes for Wayna Picchu climbing. We therefore recommend that you tip the assistant guide at the lunch time on the fourth day in Aguas Calientes at the lunch time in Hotel Viajeros. We suggest that each person in the group tips the assistant guide between 15 and 20 soles. (US$5-7) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
  • Tips for the Guide: The guide will accompany the group throughout the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend that you tip the guide after the tour in Machupicchu at the time of lunch at Hotel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between 18 and 28 soles. (US$8-10) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
  • SUMMARY: Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between 70 and 85 soles ( US$ 25-30 ) to covers tips for the trekking staff. However if you think that you have received poor service you are under no obligation to pay a tip. The trekking team will soon get the message. Please pay tips in cash and do not pay in kind such as in beers etc. We have tried to be as clear as possible about tipping but we understand that this is a complicated issue when many different cultures and lifestyles come together.
  • The procedure and amounts listed above have been written in conjunction with our guides and trekking staff. We accept that not all of our clients will be in agreement with this information. It is important that you tip the amount that you feel comfortable with. Please try not to let the procedure stress you or cause anyone to feel badly towards other members of the group who wish to pay less than the recommended amount or decide not to pay a tip at all.
  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?
  • In truth it is not typical sunrise. As long as you don´t have too much mist or low cloud thenyou see the first light illuminating Machu Picchu. It is after dawn though as the sun musg rise up over the high mountains surrounding Machu Picchu.
  • Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu (300 mts)
  • If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu, note that The trail to Huayna Picchu is safe but very vertical and is about an hour and a half round trip.….. beware that there are new regulations since July 2011 and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permit to climb Huayna Picchu is $75 if you want us to organise your permit to climb Huayna Picchu and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking indicating you will pay the extra $ for this permit. Deposit for this tour including Huayna Picchu permit is $310 instead of $250.
  • There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organise the tour of Machu Picchu around peoples climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.
  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?
  • You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, after which time you will have 2-3 hours more to spend on your own. You can climb Huayna Picchu or just explore. After the guided portion, your guide will give you a bus ticket for the transfer down to Aguas Calientes. You can take the bus anytime you like. We will be serving a buffet lunch at the Hotel Viajeros starting at 1.45 pm so that is something to keep in mind. If you choose to skip the lunch, then you just need to be down in time for your train ride.
  • What is the Special 4th Night in Aguas Calientes? Is it for me?
  • Inca Trail 4D/4Nights Group Service is the regular Inca Trail 4d/3n plus 1 night (based on double/triple accommodation) in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu town) in Hotel Viajeros or similar level accommodation. It is a great way to take advantage of the relaxing jungle ambiance of Aguas Calientes. There are more trails to venture on for further exploration including the Putukusi Trail, where the summit offers an amazing view of the immense site and Huayna Picchu Mountain. Or to wind down after a grueling trek, soak in the natural hot springs for 10 soles. The soothing, naturally heated waters are said to possess healing properties.
  • For more information see the actual trek Inca Trail 4D/4Nights -Group Service
  • http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/614/inca-trail-4d4nights-group-service
  • What time will I be back in Cusco?
  • You generally arrive back to Cusco around 8.30 -9pm so don`t expect to be able to book a flight out for the same night as flights do not exist after 4.30pm.
  • Can you explain the train service a little more??
  • Many of our travellers request a later train so they can spend the full day at Machu Picchu, to climb Wayna Picchu or to visit the natural hot baths (for which the town Aguas Calientes is named). We therefore generally reserve a late afternoon train around 5 - 6 pm for our travellers. Occasionally it is direct to Cusco, but otherwise the service is to Ollantaytambo with a private bus transfer onwards to Cusco. But still, these reservations are only confirmed by Peru Rail 6 days in advance. During high season and holidays, when demand exceeds availability, we will always try to obtain tickets for an earlier service rather than one late at night for a more comfortable arrival to Cusco.
  • Often passengers decide to stay a further night in Aguas Calientes instead of returning on the 4th night. This is fine, and we can coordinate your accommodation, but any changes you would like to make with train tickets must be made in person with Peru Rail in Aguas Calientes with proof of identity (i.e. your original passport). They will charge a fee for change of dates and coach options will be according to availability.
  • C. BOOKING & RESERVATIONS.-
  • What are the benefits of doing a private trek?
  • One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space. Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available. You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available, personalized service from your trek team guides, cooks and porters, walking at your own pace with several breaks due rest or enjoy the not commontly areas inside the Inca Trail park, much more time dedicated visiting and exploring the several Inca complex along the route, Not crowded campsites,
  • In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask a SAS Rep how you can arrange your own private tour.
  • What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?
  • ISIC stands for “International Student Identity Card” and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The INC accepts ISIC for discounts.
  • The discount that is offered isn’t a SAS Travel discount, but is actually offered by the INC and SAS Travel passes the discount on to you. For that reason, it absolutely necessary that we have a scan of your card “in hand” when we go to purchase your permits. If you didn’t send us a copy of it along with the initial booking, then make sure to note on the registration form that you have one and will send the scan as soon as possible so that we know to try and wait before we purchase the permit.
  • Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?
  • The only time that you can change your dates with no penalty charge is if we have not purchased your permit yet. Usually we try to purchase the permits, at the most, a few days after your deposit is paid—depending on the urgency of the situation of course. The only time that we don’t get them within a few days is if you have reserved a date more than 6 months ahead of time.
  • If we do not already have your permit you can change your date. If we already have your permit, the penalty to change is US $150 and there must be availability for the date which you want to move to.
  • What if do not have my passport right now?
  • The INC requires a valid passport to issued your permit to the trail, best case is to organize your new passport in advance if that is the case. There is the possibility due to the limits of spaces on your requested date to book with your old passport number, then we can do a paperwork to change it. (extra of $15.00 pp)
  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front?
  • Usually we only charge the booking deposit of your Inca Trail to the card (done with 5% commission, card charges) to confirm your booking. This deposit and the details completed on your booking form are used as a guarantee for the balance and other tours. The balance is paid on your arrival to Cusco in US$ cash. If you choose to pay with credit card you need to pay 5% commission. With Traveller’s Cheques there is a 3% commission.
  • The prices of the tours are for cash payment. You can withdraw US $ out of the ATMs, which there are plenty in Cusco.
  • If you like, some people prefer to pay the full balance by Western Union or Bank just before starting their travels to avoid carrying cash or spending time finalizing things when they arrive so let us know if you would prefer this.
  • I have forgotten how to pay for my reservation so I can confirm. How can I pay online Try fist with Master card. (Visa requires to be affiliated to Visa Verified to process your online payment) It is very important that you pay for your reservation immediately after making it online as permits could run out if you do not do so immediately. You normally just follow the instructions at the time but if you have let some time lapse then please immediately enter this site to make your deposit of $250.00 pp ( or US$ 310.00 with Huaynapicchu Ticket) plus 5% per person. https://www.multimerchantvisanet.com/posweb/index.aspx
  • it will take you through online payment instructions step by step!
  • Please use the deposit code as your reservation code
  • When you enter the website
  • www.multimerchantvisanet.com/posweb/index.aspx
  • a page will appear.
  • 1. Where it says Category you choose Travel Agencies
  • 2. Where it says Merchant you choose P SAS Travel
  • then
  • 3. Click on Enter
  • The next page that opens must read
  • P SAS Travel
  • 4. Where it says Purchase Number you write your deposit code
  • 5. Where it says CardHolder Name you write your Name exactly as indicated on your Visa Card
  • 6. Where it says Account Number you write your Visa Card Number
  • 7. Where it says Expiration Date you write your Expiration Date
  • 8. Where it says Transaction Amount you write the amount of your deposit
  • 9. Where it says CardHolder E-mail you write your Personal Email …..
  • Then if all is correct and you have read the conditions sent in other email you click on Visa then will verify your details and send you a message on the site and an email. Resend this email to us so we can confirm to you.
  • ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE.-
  • Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
  • Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxigen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.
  • Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft)
  • may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m)
  • Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.
  • Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, imsomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.
  • To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness,
  • tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.
  • Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily.
  • Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.
  • Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking sterorids is not adviced. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful.
  • When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to evoid overexertion, eat ligh meals and abstain from alcohol. Altitude sickness should be taken seriously, it can be life threatening when severe.

Booking Information

  • Thank you for deciding to register for a SAS Travel tour !
  • Step 1.- CLICK: CONFIRMED GROUP DEPARTURES(Available spaces)
  • Step 2.- Select your tour and please complete your personal details in each online format. (Registration is individual). Fill out details of your companion or group on lines below also: Traveling with: (Full names, Passport number (Make sure your passports have 6 months validation on them before you enter Peru), Age and Nationality, Contact Phone and Skype address)
  • Once you finish sending us all your details you will receive a reservation code (eg: 240611001). Then you just pay your booking deposit, pay for 2 or more person in your group with 1 reservation code, so we can guarantee all your permits, tickets for Machupicchu, train tickets and tour all together in a same group.
  • How to make your booking deposit and confirm your spots on the tour:
  • Step 3.- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT with WESTERN UNION: US$ 600.00 per person (or US$ 670.00 pp if you want us to purchase your Huaynapicchu Mt ticket) through in order to: First Name: Irwin Jesus Paternal Name: POMA Maternal Name: FLORES. Upon transferring the money email us the Money Transfer Number (MTCN) copy of your reservation and amount paid to: office@sastravelperu.com and david@sastravelperu.com to confirm your deposit. We will confirm your reservation on the same day.
  • Step 3.1- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT ONLINE with MASTER CARD or VISA.- US$ 630.0 per person. (US$ 600.00 + 5% card charge). Payments by credit card will carry a surcharge of 5%.(Visa card holder MUST BE affiliated to Verified by Visa) As soon as we receive your deposit we will procced purchasing your Permits for Inca Trail trek, tickets etc .
  • TICKET FOR HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN.- If this extra walk to this mountain is your interest please let us know so we can purchase your ticket in advance.
  • We will send you a final confirmation of your tour with detailed information shortly. If you don`t receive your Confirmation within 24 hours please send us an email to: office@sastravelperu.com or feel free to Skype us: sas.travel.info or call us.
  • FINAL PAYMENT: The remaining balance needs to be paid at your arrival to Cusco in US$ Dollars cash or Peruvian soles (Exchange rate 2.90 Soles for US$1). Payments with credit / debit cards are accepted with a commission of 5%, Travelers' cheques with 3% only at our Office in Cusco.
  • Final payments of your tour in advance with card it is possible, it will be with 5% extra or you can transfer the balance through Western Union.

Terms & Conditions

  • SAS TRAVEL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE 4 DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU (Minimum with 6 person.)
  • 1.- You must advise SAS Travel of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 65, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate.
  • 2.- You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the guide or tour please advise the guide in that moment so he can resolve any problems as soon as possible.
  • 3.- You must pay for your tour in full by 12:00 noon, 5-2 days before your departure.
  • We accept US$ Dollars cash or Peruvian Soles at our office in Cusco when paying the final balance. Our rate exchange is S/ 2.90 Soles for US$1 or cash US$. (You can withdraw Soles or US$ from the many ATM machines. Generally more economic on debit cards).
  • If a final payment is not made by 12 noon the day before any tour or service such as the Inca trail, the total balance will be charged in US$ to your credit card plus the 8% commission.
  • 4.- The student US$40 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS Travel. All student ISIC cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid ISIC card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it was confirmed. A Youth Travel card or International Teachers cards are not accepted by the control.
  • 5.- You must carry your original passport and valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the trail, If you do not take the correct passport as indicated in your permit, the control will annul your permit and refuse you entrance to the trail. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring the old passport with you, or if this is impossible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the INC with official documentation to avoid problems. Administration charge for this formal change is (US$$15 pp)
  • 6.- Unless you hire an extra shared porter you need to carry your back pack, sleeping bag and a mattress (both 3.8 Kgms), personal items, clothing and water for the day to drink, if you want an extra shared porter (for the full trip) you must have booked this with your original booking form as they require permits as well or send us an email immediately. (info@sastravelperu.com)
  • 7.- Change of dates is not possible after a permit has been processed. It is non transferable nor refundable Permits. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that we do this because we are prohibited to re-sell your spot after you have cancelled. Though you can use for Machupicchu admission in other tour as Lares, Salkantay, or train tours to Machupicchu, etc
  • 8.- Cancelation made by Clients:
  • 8.- a.- Cancelation of tour once a permit has been registered up to 6 weeks in advance incurs a loss of (US$300) non refundable Booking fee.
  • 8.- b.- Cancelation of tour within 6 weeks to 2 weeks of departure incurs a loss of 60% of total tour cost...
  • 8.- c.- Cancelation of tour within 2 weeks to 5 days of departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost...
  • 8.- d.- Cancelation of tour within 5 days - 36 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost...
  • 8.- e.- Cancelation of tour within 36 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost...
  • However we can organise an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your permit, completing the tour as normal from here within this cancellation penalty charge if train tickets are available . The only extra charge is the cost of the train to Aguas Calientes. US$ 46 or with a Vistadome upgrade US $71. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes is provided.
  • 9.- The full package includes: Train transport return to Cusco depends on train company availability. The train company only confirm the train schedule option to trekking agencies a few days before a trek for one way tickets from Aguas Calientes in high season. The train schedule offered could be anywhere between 4pm and 9pm and usually requires a private bus connection from Ollantaytambo to Cusco provided by SAS Travel. Our preference would be a train departure between 16:30 pm – 5:30 pm but needs to have enough seats available to accommodate the group and usually this is not an issue except around large festivals such as Inti Raymi, Independence day and Easter.
  • 10.- "5 Days-4 night -Special Viajeros" US$25 extra with overnight in Aguas Calientes includes 09:26 am train to Ollantaytambo on day 5. ( unless you specified at the time of booking a alternative afternoon train option)
  • We need to know in advance if you do not want the “train return on the 4th day” as the train tickets will automatically be reserved for the standard afternoon train on the 4th day if no other preference has been indicated and confirmed. Changes to schedules or dates when train tickets have been finalised incurs an administration charge of US$10 per ticket. At times a change of date may only be possible with an upgrade and so the difference in price would need to be paid.
  • 11.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are paid at the expense of the passenger, if you fail to complete the tour due to illness we will assist you to meet with your group at Machupicchu to recommence your tour at that point, although there will be no refund from the original payment, we will however, present you with a document to certify illness and which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
  • 12.- SAS Travel will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. SAS Travel cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsable for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • 13.- SAS Travel does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • 14.- In extreme cases when “ Inca trail to Machupicchu” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS Travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 4 day Lares trek or 4 day Choquequirao trek and your booking deposit money will be used for this or if you prefer an alternative tour such as 4 day Lake Titicaca package or Jungle trip etc to give you some of the many options.
  • 15.- Final Payments.- We accept US$ Dollars or Peruvian currency Nuevos Soles ( 2.90 for 1 US$ rate) at our office in Cusco when paying the final balance. Payments with cards with 5% comission.
  • 16.- Travel Insurance.- We recommend that full travel insurance is taken, which includes cover, under certain circumstances, against the loss of deposit or cancellation charges. Please note that no reimbursements are given when cancellations occur or for any unused services.
  • SAS Travel will do everything possible to assure a safe and enjoyable trip but we will not accept any responsibility for damages, injuries, losses, expenses due to delays, for any cause whatsoever, this applies to any person or property in connection with any service we or our intermediaries provide, which result directly or indirectly from acts of God or forces mayor.
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  • MANU TOURS CONDITIONS AND RESPONSABILITY.
  • 1.- YOU MUST ADVISE SAS TRAVEL OF ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS OR ALLERGIES.
  • 2.- WE REQUIRE A FULL PAYMENT OF YOUR TOUR 4-3 DAYS BEFORE YOUR TOUR.
  • 3- IF YOU BECOME ILL ON THE TOUR AND ARE UNABLE TO CONTINUE, ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED AS POSSIBLE TO ASSIST YOU BACK TO CUSCO. AIR LIFTS AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE ARE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PASSENGER. NO REFUND ON ORIGINAL PAYMENT
  • 4.- IF YOU CANCEL THE TOUR AFTER FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE DUE TO ILLNESS OR
  • CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE THE RESPONSABILITY OF THE TOUR WE WILL ASSIST YOU WITH A DOCUMENT TO CERTIFY ILLNESS OR COMPLICATING CIRCUMSTANCES TO PRESENT FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES.
  • 5.- A CANCELATION OF TOUR ONCE WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR CONFIRMATION AND BOOKING DEPOSIT UP TO 6 WEEKS IN ADVANCE INCURS A LOSS OF $ 300.00 BOOKING DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE DUE COST INCURRED IN YOUR RESERVATON WITH THE PARK.
  • 6.-IF CANCELLATION OCCURS WITHIN 6 WEEKS TO 2 WEEKS OF DEPARTURE INCURS A LOSS OF 60% OF TOTAL TOUR COST.
  • 7.- IF CANCELLATION OF TOUR WITHIN 2 WEEKS TO 4 DAYS OF DEPARTURE DATE INCURS A LOSS OF 80% OF TOTAL TOUR COST.
  • 8.- IF CANCELLATION OCCURS 1 WEEK BEFORE DEPARTURE 20% OF FULL PRICE CAN BE REFUNDED.
  • 9.- YOU ARE TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY AND HIRED EQUIPMENT.
  • 3% COMISSION IF YOU PAY WITH TRAVELLERS CHEQUES 5% COMISSION VISA CARD.
  • RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK:
  • 9.- SAS TRAVEL cannot accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, or other causes.
  • All such expenses will have to be borne by the passenger. You need travel insurance for all tours.
  • 10.- SAS TRAVEL will do everything possible to assure a safe and enjoyable trip but we will not accept any responsibility for damages, injuries, losses, expenses due to delays, for any cause whatsoever, this applies to any person or property in connection with any service we or our intermediaries provide, which result directly or indirectly from acts of God or forces mayor.
  • PLEASE NOTE: OUR PROGRAMS MAY VARY SLIGHTLY DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, OR SO AS TO MAXIMIZE THE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS DEPENDING ON THE REPORTS OF NATIVE GUIDES AND CURRENT INFORMATION.
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