Pioneer supporting sustainable, responsible & ethical tourism in Peru.
Highly Recommended by:
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.
Carrie SmithDecember 2016
“The perfect way to experience Machu Picchu”
After having dreamed about trekking the Inca Trail and visiting Machu Picture for years, my husband and I finally went! We couldn't have been happier with our choice of companies. Normally we prefer to travel independently, especially for active adventures, so we weren't sure initially what it would be like to hike and camp with an organized group. But the trekking, along with everything else, was perfect!
We did the 5 day Inca Trek - day 5 being an extra day at Machu Picchu to climb Wayna Picchu.
The night before the trip, we met our friendly and helpful guide Elias who explained how everything would unfold. He helped our group plan what we needed to bring and stoked everyone's excitement. He remained incredibly enthusiastic and personable throughout the trip and managed to lead the lot of us successfully while befriending everyone. We had an additional guide, Matteo, who also did an outstanding job. He usually took the rear guard to cheer on the stragglers, but he also took turns explaining, with a unique and commanding voice, the history of the ruins we saw along the way.
Every afternoon when we arrived in camp, the staff had tents set up for us and bowls of hot water for us to wash in. As if that wasn't luxury enough, they'd always invite us to happy hour - tea and popcorn in the dining tent. Then, a meal would follow, often in several courses! It was truly excellent. I was especially impressed at how skillfully the cooks Benedicto and Florentino accommodated my vegan diet. There were always hot soups and plenty of fresh vegetables. One of our fellow trekkers celebrated her birthday on the trail and they made her an amazing cake!
The trekking itself was excellent. The guides kept our group together for archeological sites and some explanation of the local flora and fauna. But at other times, they gave us the freedom to walk at our own pace, which suited us well. We would always meet up for lunch, and both Elias and Matteo were always on hand to answer questions and take photos.
In short, this was an amazing experience with an amazing group of people. We were quite sorry to bid everyone goodbye in the end, but loved every minute of our experience. Visited November 2016
“Best Tour Ever with SAS”
I did the 4 day/3 night inka trail to macchu pichu. Davies and Henry were my guides. Henry was soooo passionate about the Inka people. His knowledge and his sharing was unbelievable. Davies was the guide that was fun to be around, and super helpful. There was 15 of us on the trek, and I am sure that Davies helped everyone, from motivating to setting up my trekking poles!
The organization of SAS was incredible. The porters efficiency was impeccable. And the food!!! The food was amazing!!!! So much amazing food to choose from. Everyone was extremely happy!!!
Thank you SAS Travel.
I went on the 4D/3N Inca trail with SAS Travel in end of November 2016 and it was simply amazing. Their organisation, guides, porters, material was all top notch and the experience we all had in the group couldn't have been more enjoyable for the whole time.
- The guides were nice, fun and both very knowledgeable, both on the way we were walking and the history of all the places we stopped at. Thank you so much Elias and Luis for making the trek such a great time!
- The porters are just from another world: carrying twice to three times the weight we had on our shoulders, they have been ahead of us the whole time, preparing the camp while we were still walking and still applauding us and smiling every time we made it to camp site, both for lunch time and in the evening. On top of that they woke us up nicely with coca tea every morning and always helped us prepare our gear and bags before leaving.
- The cook and his assistant have made an unbelievable work. With camping equipment and carrying manually all the food for 4 days, they managed to make delicious food for each and every meal: pancakes in the morning, up to 10 different dishes every lunch and dinner (including soups/meat/fish/side dishes/deserts/...), snack for when we were arriving in the afternoon... you name it, they cook it!
- The group, under the impulsion of our fantastic guides, became an actual family during the trek, everyone was helpful, waiting for each other, joking around and having lots of fun whatever the weather conditions. The walk is challenging but it feels easy with everyone around here to help.
Thank you SAS for the perfect organisation and the best team you could form!
We had a great experience with SAS Travel Peru on the inca trail. For years we had spoke about doing this, but living in Denmark made it more difficult, and for us 'once in lifetime' experience. When we started to search for which agency to use, we did not know anything about anyone...
But after the tour we are sure we could not find a better agency than SAS travel Peru!
We were a group of 17 people from USA, UK, Ireland and the 3 of us from Denmark. The 3 guides we had were amazing, Freddy the tour leader, Emerson and Hans.
Freddy soon got his nickname 'Freddy, the puma fighter'... Ask him why.... These guides were one main reason we all had a great experience!
I was the oldest in the group, just became 60, but not the slowest. Denmark is flat, but we managed to stay in the middle group or front of it.
The inca trail was hard fysically, mostly due to the altitude. But definitely a fantastic hike. Though we did Rainbow Mountain 2 days after, and managing that, made Dead Woman Pass to an easy walk... Rainbow Mountain is on 5200 masl, so 1000 meter higher up...
But do yourself the favour and use walking sticks!
We all agreed that the only way to come to Machu Picchu should be the inca trail and then see the sunraise from the Sungate after several days hike.
Meals, porters, service, guides were great!
Only minus on the inca trail is the sanitary conditions on 2nd and 3rd night. Really bad! But this has nothing to do with SAS Travel Peru.
So if you are going to do the inca trail, we can highly recommend SAS Travel Peru
SAS Travel was fabulous.
Our guides Freddy, Aldo and Isaac were incredible. Funny , entertaining and rugged. All that one could expect. We had a great group of Americans, Brits, Canadians and Australians. Ages ranged from early 20s to me who celebrated his 69th birthday in the Andes. I was the oldest by 7 years and about 30 years older than the average.
The trek was more than expected. Climbing the steps to DEAD WOMAN'S PASS at 13,820 ft. elevation is a major challenge. I spent 2 month adding to my normal good conditioning and needed every bit of the endurance. Myself, my 29 year old son, 35 year old son-in-law and very tough 32 year old Canadian finished at the front of the pack every day....usually from 30 min. to one hour ahead of the group as a whole.
It was the most difficult physical thing that I have ever done. Get in the best shape you possible can before doing this trek. If so...you will enjoy it despite the challenge.
As everyone says the food during the hike was incredible. Five star quality and multi-course meals three times each day. I ate lightly as always when trekking. But each meal was a feast if one chose to indulge. Prior to the trek we acclimated for 3 days in Cusco at an elevation of 11,000 + ft. I think that is absolutely necessary unless one lives at a high altitude normally. We hiked around the city and visited many sites....all of which prepared us for the elevations to come. Cusco is a beautiful city, with many glorious sites and warm friendly people. Let me say something about the Hotel Marqueses where we stayed in Cusco. We thought it was just marvelous. 400 years old with old world charm. Comfortable beds, pretty courtyard, abundant buffet breakfast each day and friendly, helpful, staff. It is located right next to SAS Travel making connections very easy. If ever I travel to Cusco again....I will absolutely say at the Hotel Marqueses. Lastly I must add a word about Aquas Calientes. We stayed there at the Hostel VIAJEROS after our trek on the last day. I absolutely loved the small, relaxed environment of the village. No roads, no cars, just folks on the streets. We had a wonderful dinner there at a very nice restaurant. Excellent meal. $15.00 U.S including drinks. The HOSTEL VIAJEROS was part of our package and only added $20.00 to the price. It is where the tour ends, our personal belongings were returned and we had an inclusive buffet lunch. I had read terrible reviews about that hostel and the food. Well things must have changed for it could not have been nicer. Food was very good, the staff friendly and helpful the rooms comfortable. Yes it was a bit noisy...but after trekking for 4 days and sleeping in tents....we soon fell into a deep sleep of over 9 hours. What a bargain for only $25.00 including lunch breakfast the next morning. So...it was a great time. The hardest thing that I have ever done. A memory maker for myself and 4 sons. If every I return....SAS Travel will be my number one choice. I wouldn't change a thing.... Go for it!
Rob Ritchie US
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.