Pioneer supporting sustainable, responsible & ethical tourism in Peru.
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South American Handbook (Footprint)
Lonely Planet Peru Guide
South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet)
Peru Handbook (latest edition)
Cusco & the Inca Trail Handbook
The Inca Trail Cusco & Machu Picchu(Trailblazer),
Moon Handbooks Peru (latest edition),
Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru
South American Explorers Club.
Awarded Best Cusco Travel Agency by the Ministry of Tourism.
We did the classic inca tail, everything was perfect! The group, Elvis and Hans our guides were so kind and gentle, taking care of all!! The portes, Walter, Jose and all the crew, amazing, carring all our belongins and more, always with a a smile!
The chef, Quino and his sous chef, provided us with great food, delicious!
Liliana from SAS was great!
Thank you all for making this trip to Cusco and the inca trail a great experience!!
We were pleased with the trek and the care of the guides. Being the senior members of the trek, we did not wish to slow the group, yet we were given assistance when needed. The food was excellent, our guide was most interesting. All in all, a great experience.
Highly recommend the Lares Valley Trek/Machu Picchu 3N/4dys with SAS Travel. The historic Hotel Marqueses, was incredibly beautiful, great staff, and very accommodating to trekkers. Our lead guide, Hilbert Sumire made this trip immeasurably better by sharing his vast knowledge and passion for the land, people, history and culture of his upbringing, and went above and beyond to ensure the safety & wellbeing of everyone along the way! He was a joy to travel with, and kept everyone motivated to push through as a team! We began in the Andes Pumahaunca Valley; mules and llamas loaded with supplies towards day one base camp in a serene setting under the Andes moonscape & sound of the rushing waters. Day 2 was the toughest trek to reach the highest point of 4,580 meters. Trekking through the mountain Switchbacks were seemingly difficult, but very possible, with the expert guidance of Hilbert & his top teammate Juan! Reaching the top was rewarding enough, but the trek downhill into the local village where llamas are raised and the land is farmed was a cultural experience that won’t soon be forgotten! Ending Day 2 at a campsite next to pools of beaming hot springs in Lares Village was a welcomed relief for sore muscles! The chef prepares excellent meals throughout the trek, and I was grateful for the “Free Gluten” options which were hearty & delicious!
Day 3 and 4 spent exploring and trekking mountain views of farming terraces & experiencing the vastness of the Inca ruins was remarkable. Machu Picchu City began early on Day 4 & experiencing the sunrise there couldn't have been more breathtaking! The night before we had a good meal @ the hostile which was logistically close the train station in Aguas Calientes. Plenty of open markets for supplies and souvenirs! Thank you to the local guides Hilbert & Juan, as this trip will go down as a lifetime experience of fond memories and much knowledge gained each step of the way! HOLD YOUR LAMAS friends and ENJOY! Thank you!
Hi SAS Travel Team
I am compelled to send you all a thank you note. Everything was PERFECT and made for a once in a lifetime trip. Everything was organized, all rented equipment was perfect, everyone I interacted with (including the hotel) ensured I was happy / satisfied and our guides Hernan and Dayvis kept us informed, safe, and felt like friends. Match that up with the excellent chef, coordinator and porters...there was NOTHING I would want to change.
Thank you for giving me an unforgettable trip!!!
Steve Allocco USA
My parents, husband, and I just returned from the 9 day/8 night Salkantay trek, with three days of tours beforehand. SAS was great at coordinating everything; the guides and staff were professional and knowledgeable. It was only four of us on the Salkantay trek with Mateo as our guide, Walter as our chef, and Adolfo as our assistant chef. Everyone was wonderful. Prior to becoming a guide, Mateo studied archeology, which contributed to his obvious expertise during our trek. He has a great since of humor, is compassionate, and genuinely enjoys sharing is knowledge with others. Because of a nerve disease, my dad felt fatigue on the second day (the most intense climb), and Mateo held on to him for hours and prevented him from falling. When we come back to Peru, Mateo will be our guide. He’s our friend for life!
As for the food, Walter and Adolfo were magicians in the kitchen! I can’t believe how well we ate the entire time. There were always four or five choices at each meal and they were all delicious. Everything was prepared from local fruits and vegetables and gave us the energy we needed for the trek. Walter and Adolfo had great personalities that made for an enjoyable journey.
SAS did a great job coordinating our stay and selecting skilled people to lead us through the Salkantay trail.
For more than 25 years SAS Travel based in Cusco city having as a main and operation office we are very privileged to be able to use some of the profits from the agency to contribute something back to the real people of Cusco where most people who visit Cusco only see one side of the Capital of department the city itself and part of the Sacred Valley without realizing the existence of 108 Districts in 13 Provinces located around Cusco capital.
Tourist industry generates work only for 2 provinces (Cusco and Urubamba region) where is located Machupicchu. 100% of porters for Inca Trail came from no more than 10 communities so you can understand the controversy of unemployed people in Cusco and the social strikes on streets protesting... Tour guides and cooks live in Cusco. Most of cooks started as a porters on Inca Trail route few years ago... and thanks to their hard work and opportunities received by SAS Travel several cooks could affort to study at guides institude and learn english to became a guides and many of then are working successfully. Most of their children now are studing at institute also to became a guide so one day soon they will start contributing to their families.
We remember many years ago visiting the villages of our porters on top of Pisac town Sacaca, Amaru, Pampallaqta or around Chincheros or around Chacan Anta... where we used to bring a lots of educational materials for children books, computers for schools second hand clothes, shoes, groceries, bread and meals as well... without realizing we were changing the life of those families, those kids will be the new peruvians proud to belong to Inka´s heritage, hard workers but over all honest with the community and because they found an oportunity... and all of this happen thanks to you dear traveller to help us to help other.
Not all here is pleasant plazas and archaeological marvels. Life is difficult and often a struggle for many and so we hope that you also realize this brings another side with it to our impression of Cusco and we don´t want to hide it.
So if you have an interest in knowing what the Peruvian struggling economically and then requiring hospital treatment for one of their family has to deal with then check out our hospital support project.
PLAY GROUNDS FOR CHILDREN.-
In 2006 thanks to Mr Jonathan Bryan boss from Discover Adventure we together build bathroom and a play ground for a kinder garden in Anta, town of one our porters, cooks and helpers Donation of computers to the school in Anta
Play grounds in the school of Quelloquello
Chrismas gifs for Kids and food for people in Quiswarani near Lares
Play ground in the Kinder garden of Cuyo Chico
Construction of weaving work house in Pampallaqta in Pisac
School desks, wooden floor and educational material in Chawaytire
Also a small project run in Hotel Marqueses by SAS staff is the -Wawa wasirun each Saturday so you are welcome to read on and visit us!
ICA AND PISCO EARTHQUAKE.-
In coodination with the AATC a Cusco Tour Agencies Association we sent 200 hundred tents and 200 wool blankets, water, rice and sugar in our bus-truck, thanks to Mr Jose Zavaleta our experienced driver who cooperate in this great help to our brothers and sisters in Pisco and Ica
LUCRE RAIN DISSASTERS.-
Our great cooks as Julio Conde, Guido Humpire, Humberto Gonzales , Julian Huaman, Hilario Sallo, cordinators and camp helpers organized and prepared food to offer this people who suffered from this nature rains disaster, many of their mud bricks houses collapsed and local institutions as Defensa Civil or Indeci never assisted, thanks as well to voluntaries who can with us to help. When some other owners of tour companies and guides went there to take pictures... we were sharing and providing meals for this unfortunate local people.
HELP FOR PEOPLE IN YUCAY.-
**Proyects with Charities from aboard tour companies as Discover Adventures UK, Far Frontiers UK, Calpoly College USA, Overland Adventures USA, Moondance Adventures USA, Inca Tours Australia, SAS Travel Peru strives to channel the generous contributions from our clients so that they reach the local people directly.
Play Ground and Bathrooms in Santiago Kindergarten Chacan Izcuchaca.
Kids Play Ground in Qèllo Qèllo community School in Pisac.
Kids Play Ground in Pampallaqta Community School in Pisac.
Computers gift for Chacan School 2006 Miles Buckinghamshire
Walk a Mile in My Shoes Proyect
Educational Materials in Chacan, Quiswarani, Huacawasi, Cuncani, Pallata, Chincheros, Piuray Lake, Qello-Qello, .. so many people to thank...but Beth Cummings (Shetland Islands) who donated her entire 2007 Birthday money to support many activities and ensure that so many children received educational materials in isolated communities will be thanked for many years.
Helping Choquecancha, (Lares) Chincheros, Pampallaqta, Qeros near Paucartambo Communities Weavers so they can sell their beautiful work at Hotel Marqueses.
This is a SAS Travel and Hotel Marqueses Project to enable weavers in isolated mountain communities to sell their products direct to the public and by cutting out the middlemen who take all the commission ensure fair pay for their work but overall get have a safe place for a fair money
Education Scholarships for some individuals who lack resources to realize their valuable potencial.
Construction of the WEAVER HOUSE in Pampallaqta Far Frontiers UK
Educational Material for Children in Chawaytire in 2009 and 2011 and Pampallaqta. Far Frontiers UK -
Wawa-Wasi Children of single working mum`s Project, Library, Activity, Toy room and weekly nutricious meal
Values, Moral and Material Support for young -working boys shoe shiners, etc The young working boys Hotel Marqueses
Wawa Wasi Projects are generously supported and made possible by the kindness of the Canadian Community.
SAS Travel Peru is committed to sharing the spirit of Christmas giving and participates in activities distributing presents, meals / hot chocolate to around a 1000 children. All of these small activities could not happen without the support we have received from so many tourists and so have named our CD of photos (We couldn`t have done it without YOU) We want to take this chance to thank you sincerely for bringing out childrens shoes, clothes and educational items which have been so gratefully received and people who generally supported the Ica Earthquake Victims in so many ways.**
Our cooks and porters prepared and offered food for 1000 person in the rain disasters around Cusco in 2010 in Lucre, Huacarpay, Yucay, Calca (also blankets, tents, sleepining bags and mattress provided).
LITTLE HELP TO MARCACHEA IN QEROS.-
Help to transport their potatoes production to sell in Cusco.
Help with food for 50 families to the community of Marcachea in Qèros, thanks to Far Frontiers UK -2011 (Mr Murray and Andrew)
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SAS Travel is supporting many of the community projects run by Hotel Marqueses: Eg. "Cusco Hospital Regional Project", "Walk a Mile in my shoes", "Shoes shiners boys"
If you are coming to Cusco please make a space for a couple of second hand clothes, shoes especially for kids, school equipment, toys and drop them off in our office. We will help distribute the items to people who really need them in small village schools and communities in the mountains of Lares. The project in the Cusco Regional Hospital is partly play therapy and so larger durable toys (like second hand fisher price items) are lent to the children not as presents but as part of daily therapy activities and are always appreciated. Smaller toy/ gifts are used for children spending Birthdays in Hospital or who have been specifically identified as having a particular need. Medicines such as Rifamacina, are what are gifted for patients particularly in the Burns Unit. Any one bringing a donation is welcome to come with us to the hospital to see the project and donate personally. Thank you.