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Price Information

US$ 560.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

Student price US$ 530.00 if ISIC student card is sent through at time of booking. ie at time of payment or before
if you are a student or child less than 17 years of age at start of trek you MUST send copy of passport photo page with reservation.

2 person group US$ 1,290 each
4 person group US$ 990 each
6 person group US$ 790 each
We can open a new "FIXED DEPARTURES" open group if reservations are made well in advance but these above are already confirmed with a minimum of 4-5 person.
SOME MORE EXTRA HIKING AROUND CUSCO If you would like to do the Lares trek but have already done Inca trail or Salkantay and so do not want to visit Machu Picchu again the Lares trek can easily be done in 3 Days ending in Yanawara and returning to Cusco mid afternoon for US$ 390.00 per person.

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This trek takes us into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing green valleys, tranquil mountain lakes and high passes, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters. Our route takes us through many small village communities that offer a rare & fascinating insight into traditional Andean life. Finally we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes and continue on to Machu-Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore this renowned and fascinating site, climb to Huayna Picchuand walk to Sun-Gate as well if you like.
Group Service
Depart from: Cusco
Duration: 4 Day/3 Night
Highlights: no crowded campsites or trails, walking with the local andean people, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley and Machupicchu !

Is it for me?

If you are interested in the Inca Trail for any Dates before Aug 2014 then you have already missed out on permits. This may at first seem totally devastating but there are some Alternative treks to Machu Picchu such as this which do not require the same permits and so are available. This is not just a perfect alternative if you miss out on Inca trail permits but many people choose this trek instead of Inca trail for its cultural aspect of visiting remote andean villages on and off the beaten track style trek. Where the inca trail has become a bit too popular Lares still has moments when you are the only people to be gazing over the stunning emerald lake from a high mountain pass! There will most probably be some alpacas accompanying you. There are less Inca arquelogical sites along the trail itself until you get to Machu Pîcchu but if you like awesome scenery and alpacas then this is for you!
Also this is a great trek if you have already visited Machu Picchu and just want to do another high altitude 3 day trek as you can return to Cusco from Yanahuarra instead of going on to Machu Picchu and this cuts the cost of course as well!
HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN WALK.- We include this walk up the mountain Huaynapicchu after your trek, if you book before permits run out. It takes 2 hours and you can start after your guided tour in Machupicchu.

BOOK EARLY ... to avoid disappointment
Remember there are a limited number of spaces available for MachuPicchu and Huaynapicchu mountain for each day so call us now with your questions or book online to reserve your spot !

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Distance: 34 Km/ 21 Miles
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude:2750m/8883ft to 4780m/15134ft
Difficulty: especially in the second day of the trek (arriving to the 4780 mtrs pass on day 2,) you will most likely feel difficulty breathing in altitude, will have to stop frequently to regain your breath and will find you have very little energy and will need to walk far slower than usual. It is very common to feel extremely short of breath while ascending and this is always a shock at the end of the first day and arriving to the pass on the second day as it is a steady continuous climb to the pass. This is to be expected and every one finds this very difficult so state of mind is very important at this point..but well rewarded once you reach the top of the pass!
..we walk in the footsteps of the local people, farmers, arieros and their mules along rocky trails. My feet still hurt!

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Briefing 7pm night before your trek departure at our SAS office.

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Tourist bus and Train

Recommended Hotels

We highly recommend Marqueses Boutique Hotel in Cusco, it is a beautiful and charming Colonial house built at the end of XVI century that has recently been restored and refurbished, located just one block from Cusco`s mayor Plaza. This great location is part of its popularity, close to all of the most important tourist attractions in the famous capital of Inca`s Empire. Well known for its incomparable hospitality and professional service. We can reserve the hotel and transfers you from the airport on your arrival and back on your return, you will enjoy a safe visit, wonderful attention and be pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the Andean Hospitality.

Due to the safe and strategic location you are within easy walking distance of the many historical places, museums, restaurants, cultural, artistic and traditional places of the Imperial Inca City.

SAS Travel Tour Operator & Agency offices are located alongside Hotel Marqueses so we at SAS Travel can assist you at any time.

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Lares Valley Trek, MachuPicchu & Huaynapicchu 4Day /3Night -Group Service.

Last Minute Information

  • FIXED DEPARTURES !!! Permits for Machupicchu citadel and train tickets are limited,FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS... You must book and pay a deposit well in advance... so we can guarantee your spots. For high season (May to October, 4-3 months in advance.) (Low season (November to April, 2-1 months in advance.)
  • Climbing Huayna Picchu mountain (2 Hrs), it is included, if you are booking for high season and Huayna Picchu permits have already run out then we can offer permits for the Montana Machu Picchu climb. This is higher so check the information in Please Note
  • How to Book SEE FIXED DEPARTURES HERE: Choose your preferred Departure Date(Leaving Date) at the Calendar (left side) Fill in your details and group as requested and Pay a deposit on Step 3. Or follow instructions below in Booking Information.

Special Offer

To receive the Offer of $15 discount for people under the age of 24 without ISIC card you need to indicate in the comments section of the booking “I would like the $545 price offer for persons under 24 years of age”

4 Nights for the price of 3 in
MARQUESES Hotel BOUTIQUE in Cusco or FREE Up-grade to Delux rooms for the price of Standard room. To get this offer you must quote it at the time of booking and payment is required in $ USD cash. Please book through this website but you must indicate your tour with SAS Travel (This offer is only valid for accomodation dates from JAN 1st 2015 to APRIL 15th 2015). For months May- Aug- Stay 4 Nights FREE Up-Grade to Suite for the price of Delux rooms ..... to get this offer you must quote it at the time of booking and payment is required in $USD

Our Lares trail the nicest and the challenging trek -the one not crowded yet, start near Urubamba on the Sacred Valley of the Inkas (Pumahuanca valley, Puma Pass, Cuncani, Lares hot spring.) takes you into the Lares region of the Peruvian Andes, passing throught small villages that offer a rare and fascinating insight into traditional Andean life, beautiful green valleys, lakes and high passes, turquoise color lagoons, an ancient inka trail, colorful dressed local people and impressive flocks of llamas and alpacas, with breathtaking views of snow-capped Andean peaks rising to just under 6,000 meters, see the ancestral farm customs, andean traditions and amazing textiles. Finally afternoon on Day 3 we make our way by train to Aguas Calientes town and continue on to Machu-Picchu, the legendary Lost City of the Incas. We have plenty of time to explore this well known and fascinating wonder, climb to Huayna Picchu, walk to Sun-Gate etc. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and train return to Cusco.

Program Itinerary

Day 1: Cusco – Urubamba – Pumahuanca Valley – P´acchayoq - Cuyoc campsite

Our private bus leaves Cusco at 05.40am for a scenic drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through Chincheros and stopping in the town of Urubamba, (2,700 masl) for a brief toilet break and the chance to buy any last minute snacks, water, etc, Small packed breakfast is served here. Departing Urubamba around 07:15, we have a further 20 minutes drive to the beginning of the Pumahuanca Valley, land of the famous white corn crops and the Chicha, the Inca´s favorite corn beer. This is the place where we will meet our horses and handlers, (arrieros), and trek staff. All of our required equipment will be carried by mules and horses. We commence our hike through this beautiful polylepis qeuñas Valley in the Andes with a gentle switchback ascent on a gravel path from 2,800 mt to 3,600 mt with stunning views of the surrounding valley and mountains. 4 hours walk to the Inca complex of Inca–Kancha for a guided visit, and where we stop for our first lunch. Our expert cook will indulge you with delicious Peruvian dishes. Time to relax or a little nap, Continuing afterward along the way you will be able to observe native trees of qeuñas, eucaliptus, then we reach a small Andean community of P´accha, spectacular mountain landscapes, herds of llamas, alpacas, sheeps and goats. Then final 2 hours further we will reach a series of small waterfalls and beautiful campsite named Cuyoc, .. our first campsite at 4,000 masl.

B,L,D - Snacks




approx 14km

7 hours

Day 2: Cuyoc – Pumahuanca Pass – Cuncani Campsite

Early wake up at 06:00 am with a cup of coca leaf tea, then a good breakfast with quinua panqueques. At 07:00 am we recommence our trek with scenic views of Chicon, San Juan and Veronica mountains. Surrounded by a native forest for a challenging 5 hours climb along a dirt road with some stone steps, in some parts there are zig zag switchbacks toward the Pumahuanca Pass located at 4,740 masl (A sacred Apacheta is a series of piled stones, made by pilgrims as a symbol of gratitude and respect to the Apus), Once we get to the pass we honor the top of this mountain with coca leaves as is the local customs. Enjoy the amazing views of part of Moray, Maras and Salineras. Then we are ready to descend for an hour along a stone road with a nice view on both sides, arriving to enjoy lunch near impressive lakes by which we rest. After our lunch we walk for 2 more hours mainly dowhill and enroute we will meet some local campesinos (people of the local village) in colorful costumes as is traditional with all villages around Lares. Impressive landscape views, mountains, flocks of llamas and alpacas. Cuncani is the major district in the area. Campsite at Cuncani community, located at 3,750 masl where we enjoy Dinner and Camp. Cuncani is also very famous for their textiles produced with ancestral weaving techniques; weavers will offer their work

B,L,D snacks


4780m /15682ft


approx 13km

7-8 hours

Day 3: Cuncani Campsite – Lares Hot Springs- Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Morning to relax, before our final leg of our trek, so you can sleep until late 7:00 am. Breakfast. At this little village we have the chance to visit the house of our arriero who will share with us how they live in a simple way in deep connection with nature, preserving traditional customs in agriculture, weavings, showing their textile skills from generations past, use of medicinal plants etc. Then 4 hours of easy downhill walk to reach the Lares village, once we arrive to the pools, we can soak in the springs. The village is known for its medicinal hot springs, After our lunch, 3 hours drive in our private transport to Ollantaytambo town, Dinner. 2-hours train to the town of Aguas Calientes Overnight.


Hostel Viajeros Aguas Calientes or upgrade option as requested


2750m /9022ft

approx 6km

3-4 hours

Day 4: Aguas Calientes 2100 masl – Machupicchu 2400 masl – Ollantaytambo – Cusco 3400 masl.

Early breakfast (05.00am) before taking the 5.30am bus directly to Machupicchu arriving around 06.00am. **Optional for those still able/wanting to walk!: leave 04.30am and walk up to Machupicchu arriving approx 06.00am but only if you really want to hike in the dark so have torches but remember you do not get into Machu Picchu earlier than people who take the bus as they also arrive around 6am to the entrance with the guide.

In Machupicchu it is still a 15 minute walk from the drop-off point to the famous views from the South Zone of the farming terraces at the end of the Inca trail. Enjoy the early tour of Machupicchu with your guide who will unfold the mysteries of this magical site, showing you the very best of it! Your guide will spend about 2 hours relating to you interesting and amazing stories, explaining temples and special sectors. Your tour of Machupicchu should finish between 10 and 10:30am then you have free time to take your photos before the 10:30 crowds arrive.
At approx 10.45am the guide leaves you at the trail head to to climb Huayna Picchu or if your booking was done too late then for the Machu Picchu mountain permit . so best to book well in advance .
Also the Inca bridge or Sun´s gate are other good walks in that order!. We provide a Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes after the walk down from Machupicchu. (If you prefer a box lunch to have in Machupicchu you must sign up for it in the office before your trek)

Most people walk or take the bus to Aguas Calientes around 1pm where lunch will be provided at “Los Viajeros” hostel down in the town of Aguas Calientes. There you will also be able to store your backpack, take a shower and/or look around the town a bit before catching the train back to Cuzco. Arrival to Cusco is generally around 8-8.30pm.




5 -6hours exploring

What is Included:

  • Pick-up from hotels from 5.25 to 05:45am OR meet at Hotel Marqueses.
  • Transfer in SAS bus to Lares, Quiswarani (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 person per tent Igloo tents (new, spacious and confortable)
  • A roll pad mattress
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs
  • Excellent recommended tour Guide (2 guides for groups over 12)
  • Full board meals: 3 Meals per day,Tea time each afternoon
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Horses/mules to transport (tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning
  • Vistadome Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Expedition Train return from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and bus to Cusco
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, plenty of time to explore on your own
  • Hotel in Aguas Calientes double or triple accommodation
  • Porterage for 6 Kg per person.

What is not Included:

  • Dinner on the last day
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Bus ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$7 pp.
  • Optional Up-grade Vistadome train return to Cusco instead Expedition train
  • Tips for your crew :cooks, horse herders, guides US$20-25 approx (Every SAS`s staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional also are a great gesture of esteem to them)

We recommend that you bring

  • Backpack or a daypack in case you booked a personal porterage
  • A warm and good Sleeping Bag (Minus 8ºC) : (Can be rented at SAS office)
  • Hiking boots (sneakers or running shoes are not recommended)
  • Trekking poles
  • Warm clothes layers for variable temperatures especially at night
  • Flashlight with extra batteries necessary
  • Camera & Extra Film & Batteries / Charger
  • Sun Protection : Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses
  • Thermals, Wool Socks & Woolen Hat for cold nights
  • Gloves, Scarf
  • Insect Repellant for Valleys and Machupicchu
  • Rain Poncho / Good rain jacket
  • Toiletries, Toilet paper, small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Trekking pants or similar
  • Water bottle, Water purification tablets
  • Personal medical kit
  • Original passport and ISIC student card is applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips to your staff
  • OPTIONAL : Little presents for kids of Communities along the trail such as school supplies, second hand clothes, toys, etc.

Additional options

  • Single tent for trail extra $35
  • Single room in Aguas Calientes extra $ 20
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius $ 20
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20
  • Inflatable matress $20
  • UP-GRADING YOUR RETURN from Aguas Calientes to Cusco with VISTADOME TRAIN.-
  • To Up-grade train return ( with Vistadome Deluxe ) US$ 50.00 p/person. ( or if you are are a party of 4 then cost is $45 per person for the upgrade)
  • 15:25 pm depart Aguas Calientes – 19:05 to Poroy Train Station
  • transfer from here to cusco arriving approximately 19.45pm
  • If you want an upgrade train then you need to contact us directly on for this to be done and confirmed to you.
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  • Please Note: Hostel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system, it has one of the best locations in town, far enough from the riverside so it is not noisy, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only a few blocks from Train and Bus Station and you don`t have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hotspring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this tour package to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes town to celebrate your accomplishment of the Inca Trail trek or any special date/ tour then please request one of the recommended hotel Upgrades below:
  • UP-GRADING Hotels in Aguas Calientes (Based on double occupancy ).
  • Hotel Presidente USD$ 25.00 p/person
  • Hotel Inka Town USD$ 35.00 p/person
  • Hotel Killa Inn USD$ 45.00 p/person
  • Hotel Andina Luxury US$ 46.00 p/person
  • Hotel Santuario US$ 59.00 p/person.
  • Mapi -INKATERRA US$ 90.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel Tierra Viva Machupicchu US$90.00 p/person
  • Hotel Casa Andina US$90.00 p/person
  • Hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo INKATERRA US$ 260.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 240.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel alongside Machupicchu: Sanctuary Lodge US$ 490.00 p/person.(Includes D B)
  • 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.
  • Please note if you are travelling by yourself the UP-GRADING cost is much more, as often Hotels in Aguas Calientes charge the same price for a room shared by 2 people or just one person!
  • (therefore the upgrade cost based on single occupancy are below… ).
  • Hotel Presidente $40.00
  • Hotel Inka Town $70.00
  • Hotel Home Like Home Machu Picchu $70.00
  • Hotel Santuario $120.00
  • Hotel Andina Luxury $90.00
  • Hotel El Mapi- INKATERRA $170.00
  • Hotel Tierra Viva Machupicchu $170.00
  • Hotel Sumaq $400.00
  • Hotel Sanctuary Lodge $950.00
  • Hotel Killa Inn $80.00
  • Hotel Casa Andina $170.00
  • 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
  • If you have already been to Machu Picchu and you would just like to do another scenic hike in Peru then this is a great chance. You can do the Lare hike ending in the afternoon in Ollantaytambo for $360 as lonf as you are joining an already estabilished group date.. Ie this price is not including the trip to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. ends on afternoon of 3rd day

Please note

  • - It is possible you will feel the effects of altitude on arriving in Cusco, (3,400m/ 11,152ft)) especially if you fly from sea level, eg LIMA.
  • - It is best to wait at least two days before setting out on the trail, don¨t drink alcohol, smoke or take sedatives.
  • - Drink lots of water and coca tea. Drink at least two litres per day, especially on the second day pass.
  • - In high altitude you breath rapidly and shallow causing you to
  • dehydrate more quickly.
  • - Drink extra water or coca tea to avoid this as coffee also tends to
  • cause dehydration.
  • - Always purify water you take from the trail waterfalls and streams.
  • - We provide drinkable boiled water at the campsites and refill your bottles
  • - You can purchase purification tablets (eg Micropur) from any pharmacy.
  • - You must leave micropur tablets in the water for at least 90 mins
  • before drinking. Iodine only 20 mins.
  • - If you have any medical conditions, allergies or special food requirements etc. Please write this clearly in the registration book.
  • WATER.-We suggest you take a 1.5 or 2. litres bottle of water on the first day and then you can refill this on the trek. We boil water each night which is available after breakfast each morning for your water bottles. We still suggest you take water purification tablets or filters for any unboiled water you take directly from streams or Waterfalls etc. You can buy bottle water from the 3rd afternoon in Ollantaytambo and onwards.
  • TEMPERATURES.- during the day...If you are walking in the sun it is very hot and feels like 26 degrees celcius, but when you walk through the forest or in the shadow of a mountain it can feel like 14 degrees almost immediately. At night it could get to -5 degrees celcius if you are really unlucky but more likely just freezing ! Main hint for dealing with the temperatures is to try and keep your body temp as regular as possible by using layering of clothes so when you feel cool put on an extra layer before you get cold and if you start to feel warm take off a layer before you perspire which will leave you with a chill later if you don´t take care..
  • The weather from Dec through to early March is usually the wettest on the trail.
  • Somedays it may be drizzly all day or you may have a burst of rain and clear skies for the rest of the day or it could be wet off and on all day. You need good rain gear for walking as well as something to protect your pack. We have dining tents for all meals so you are protected at this time.
  • TIPPING for your STAFF.-
  • As for all American countries, tipping is normal and it is apart of the experience. Generally groups prepare a collective tip at lunch on the last trekking day which is shared out between the cook,assistant, horsehelders,
  • The recommended amount for this purpose is US$ 25 to US$30.
  • If you have already been to Machu Picchu and you would just like to do another scenic hike in Peru then this is a great chance. You can do the Lare hike ending in the afternoon in Ollantaytambo for $360 as lonf as you are joining an already estabilished group date.. Ie this price is not including the trip to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. ends on afternoon of 3rd day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you need any further assistance with Cusco accommodation, other tours in Peru or domestic flights don`t hesitate to contact us or check out the tours / packages on the site.
  • On arrival to Cusco you must come to our office at Calle Garcilaso 270 (2 blocks from main Cusco Plaza de Armas) and present your ORIGINAL PASSPORT and the TAM immigration card. (This TAM is only given to you as you pass through immigrations in Lima but must be presented to the office in Cusco ) This is extremely important and otherwise may incur additional fees. We cannot finalize your checkin until you present these documents so please bring them with you to the SAS office. We also need, reconfirmation of your hotel´s exact contact details (and see your ISIC card if applicable as student).
  • (Please report any changes in the condition of your passport numbers status to:
  • )
  • If for any reason you organize a NEW PASSPORT after we have purchased your entrance /permits, you must bring with you the original old passport to authorise your permit entrance. If you no longer have the original old passport , you must advise us of need to travel on a new passport at least 3 weeks before your trek. Ie sending through the new passport number. Please ensure that we confirm the new passport details in writing to you. If we are only made aware of a different passport at last minute you must pay a fee of at least $15.00 pp in Cusco.
  • Pre-Departure briefing, remember we have a briefing in our office for the trekkers the night before the tour with your guides at 7:00 pm. If you have not already presented your ORIGINAL PASSPORT and the TAM immigration card, you must come to the briefing at 6.15pm with these documents or incur a $15 fee.
  • We are located near Plaza San Francisco: Calle Garcilaso 270 CUSCO- PERU Tel: 051 84 256324 - 051 84 249194 - 051 84 261920 Emergencies: 051 984 652232 You can contact us at our office between 8.00am and 7.00 pm every day. Only closed between 10am and 4:30pm on Sunday. In emergency or out of hours contact us at home 051 84 234284 or 051 984 652232 (David or Robyn) or SKYPE US : or
  • We understand that you have read ALL the pertinent information of the trek on the webpage:
  • Some of the queries people generally ask in the office on arrival are these so we are letting you know now so you don´t waste valuable time on your vacation in the office.!
  • If for any reason you are not going to attend the briefing the night before the trek with the guide (for instance you are staying the night in Pisac), you must ensure we know exactly where to pick you up and that you receive the phone number and name of the guide. But remember if you want to recheck info such as: suggestions of what to bring, general explanation of itinerary, or tipping of porters and crew, etc then please just go to this site... also Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Some of the queries people generally ask in the office on arrival are these so we are letting you know now so you don´t waste valuable time on your vacation in the office!
  • 1.- Departure points for the trek: There are fixed pickup points to help reduce time going to numerous hotels. Standard meeting point is Hotel Marqueses 05.30 am. If you are in any Hotel in San Blas please wait for us in front of the Church of San Blas for your transfer departing from 5.10 am. If you are at Loki Hostal, Niños Hotel or other in that area please wait for us at the corner of Cuesta Santa Ana and calle Meloc from 5.50 am. This information will be clarified by your guide at the briefing the night before the trek.
  • 2.- Left Luggage: It is best to leave extra luggage in your Hotel since you arrive back around 9-9.30pm on the 4th day. Free storage of your belongings while on the trek is available at Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso # 265, telephone 257819). If you want to use this service you must collect a luggage deposit tag from the briefing the night before and have this secured on your left luggage in Hotel Marqueses by 5.50am on departure day. You can pick up your belongings at any time from Hotel Marqueses with your tag receipt.
  • 3.- Extra Porter: You already have 6 kilos included in the price so this will assist in carry your mat and sleeping bag and about 3 kilos of sleeping gear. If you would like to have more kilos worth carried you can organise an extra 3 kilos for $15.
  • This is carried by mules and SAS Travel provide a duffle 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). Please note: 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 the heights), flashlight, sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) ie anything you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will usually meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.
  • At the final breakfast with the trek crew on the 3rd day, staff will collect up the mats and sleeping bags and take them back to Cusco as you sleep in a bed with bedding tonight.
  • 5.- Take Extra money for:
  • Tips for trekking crew and guides
  • 200.00 soles emergency money.
  • Purchasing water along trail and items such as hot springs etc.
  • 6.- Water: We suggest you take a full 2 liter bottle of water for Day 1 and then you can refill this on the trek. We boil water each night, which is available the following morning for your water bottles. We still urge that you take water purification tablets or filters for any unboiled water you take directly from streams or Waterfalls etc. You can buy bottled water again from Day 3 lunch and onwards for the rest of the tour.
  • 7.- Temperature: Day temperatures vary from 12 -22 degrees celcius
  • You must always use layering of clothes to manage the temperatures well. Night temperatures,( in the coldest season May to Sept) average -2 to -5 degrees celcius on the 1st and 2nd nights.
  • 8.- Environmental issues: Please carry your personal rubbish to each campsite where the porters will pack it out. There are toilets at points along the trail and in campsites. At other points please leave the trail on the non-river side at least 30m and burn or bury toilet paper. Please encourage your group and staff to protect the environment.
  • 9.- Tipping: The recommended tip to cover this tradition is approx US $30-40. As for all American countries, tipping is common practice and is a part of the experience but not obligatory. Generally groups prepare a collective tip which is shared out between the trekking crew and cook on the 3rd lunch. A tip for the horsemen is given on the 2rd night as they return to their village at that time. It is customary to thank the guides with a voluntary tip after the Tour in Machupicchu on the fourth day.
  • Please only use this information as a “guideline” requested by some trekkers but don`t let it cause you, or any other person in the group discomfort. Some will not tip at all and some may want to tip more but it is a personal and private decision for each individual and should be respected in that way. Please don`t allow it to become stressful and just tip what you feel is correct. Remember some trekkers are students and others successful business men. More detailed information on tipping is available on the website in the frequently asked questions section...Please read this before the trek as the guides don´t tend to give a lot of details when asked since tips are voluntary so they don`t want to make people feel uncomfortable.
  • 10.- Climbing of Huayna Picchu on Day 4: For many high season dates June, July, Aug you need to book about 2-3 months in advance to guarantee the Huaynapicchu Ticket since there is limited availability. For people who book at last minute there may not be any Huaynapicchu permits left and so we can buy the Machu Picchu mountain permit instead which also gives a view from high above Machu Picchu site.
  • 11.- Bus Down from Machu Picchu and Lunch: After your visit in Machupicchu you can walk down to Aguas Calientes via the inca steps or purchase a $10 bus ticket for the ride down to Aguas Calientes which is about 25 minutes and arrives just near the meeting place in Aguas Calientes., Hostal Viajeros close to the bus arrival area and this is where your buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes is provided from 1.45pm.
  • 12 .- Duffle Bags / Personal Porters: At lunch the staff will provide blue sacs as the porter duffle bags must be collected at this time. The blue sacs are for transporting your belongings back to Cusco, please return it to our Cusco office so we can recycle them.. Thankyou.
  • 13.- Peru Rail: Any changes to train tickets after the start of the trek must be made in person at Peru rail in Aguas Calientes with proof of identity ( ie your original passport.) They may charge fees for change of date and coach options will be according to space availability.
  • 14.- Illness: If you are unable to complete the trek, you will be accompanied by a staff person to the closest area for transport out to assistance. If you are more seriously ill you will be accompanied by the assistant guide and may need to return to Cusco for medical assistance. You can still join up with the group on the 3rd day and take your train to Aguas Calientes from Ollantaytambo with overnight here and continue the tour of Machu Picchu as usual but the cost of the train from Cusco is payable by the passenger. All evacuations are at the expense of the passenger. Please have suitable travel insurance.
  • Remember we have a briefing at the office for the trekkers the night before the tour with your guide.
  • The time of this will be confirmed at your checkin with the Main Cusco office 2 days before your trek when you reconfirm all your booking details.
  • Please Skype: if you are unsure of any info or if you would like us to book your accommodation with Hotel Marqueses Cusco
  • which includes free transfer from the airport....
  • If you have any queries just let me know.
  • Warmest Regards.
  • Robyn Quintana
  • Skype:

Booking Information

  • Select the month and date and click on the Calendar the Departure Date (Leaving Date) of your preference. Then fill out with your personal details and details of your group. (If you are travelling as a couple, or with more persons you must book and pay with one reservation Code.) But please complete details of your companion on lines below: Travelling with: (write Full names, Passport number, Age and Nationality). Once you finish sending us all your details you will receive a Reservation Code (eg: 240611001). Then you just need to pay your deposit online on Step 3 (pay for 2 or more person in your group with ONE reservation code, so we can guarantee all your permits, tickets for Machupicchu, train tickets and tour all together in a group.)
  • BOOKING DEPOSIT REQUIRED.- USD$ 200 per person.
  • 1.- Pay on Step 3 a booking deposit ONLINE with VISA or Mastercard.- US$ 210 per person. (US$ 200+5% card fee). Payments by credit card will carry a surcharge of 5%.
  • 2.- Pay on Step 3 a booking deposit with Paypal.- US$ 212 per person. (US$ 200+6% card fee. Payments by Paypal will carry a surcharge of 6%.
  • 3.- Pay a Booking Deposit with WESTERN UNION: US$ 200 per person through in order to Mr: Juan Carlos VALER SANGA (Peru). Upon transferring the money email us the Money Transfer Number (MTCN) copy of your reservation and amount paid to: and OR
  • 4. pay into our Australia Bank (ask for details via email).
  • FINAL PAYMENT: We require a full payment of your tour transferring 1 month before OR pay in our office in Cusco 5-3 days before of your departure date in USD$ cash.

Terms & Conditions

  • 1.- FINAL PAYMENT: You must pay the full balance of your tour 1 month before the date of your tour departure using any of the payment options above. If you need to amend or add anything to your final confirmation invoice ie upgrade hotel Aguas Calientes etc you should contact us at least 6 weeks prior to the tour. This is done by responding to the email with your final confirmation and indicating any extra ítems to be added and then we can adjust your invoice accordingly and reconfirm the exact balance you need to pay by emailing you within that week. (you need to add the 5% credit card comission or 6% Pay pal commission or other fees depending on which payment method you choose.
  • You then can enter the same ONLINE SYSTEM with your reservation reference code or contact us for bank details. Once we receive your payment in full we send you a further email with your confirmation and last minute details.
  • 2.- Bring your Passport, Immigration card (and ISIC card if applicable ) to our office on arrival to Cusco
  • 3.- The student US$20 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the site and INC 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 as such. A Youth Travel card is not accepted by the control.
  • 4.- Cost of tour is based on double occupancy ...single supplement cost additional for single travelers is Single tent for trail extra $35 and or Single room in Aguas Calientes extra $ 20
  • 5.- Please note Hostel Viajeros is not a 3 star hotel but is clean, safe and comfortable. If you are wanting alternative accomodation this can be organised, these are some upgrade options and the corresponding supplemental cost based on double occupancy see Recomendations. Please let us know of this request at the time of booking.
  • 6.- You must carry your passport and valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the tour. 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 lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your checkin.
  • 7.- Changes to schedules or dates can only be made if there is availability in the alternative date and when train tickets have been finalised this incurs a furhter administration charge of $10 per ticket. At times a change of date may only be possible with an upgrade and so the difference in price would also need to be paid.
  • Cancelation of tour before bookings and train tickets finalised incurrs no fee in high season this is generally before 3 months in advance of departure.
  • Cancelation of tour within 3 months and 1 month before departure incurs a loss of 15% of total tour cost,
  • Cancelation of tour within 1 month and 14 days before departure incurs a loss of 30% of total tour cost,
  • Cancelation of tour within 14days and 48 hours before departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost,
  • Cancelation of tour within 24 hours of departure incurs a loss of 100% of total tour cost,
  • We can always provide you with a document to certify illness and present for your travel insurance
  • 9.- What is not Included and Additional Items: Please ensure you read this clearly
  • 10. Climbing Huayna Picchu mountain (1.5 -2 Hrs), if you are booking for high season and Huayna Picchu permits have already run out for after the guided tour, then we can offer permits for the Montana Machu Picchu climb. This is higher so check the information in “Please Note” on the web page. If you prefer not to do that option let us know immediately and we can reduce the cost of your tour by $10 and you can do one of the other unguided walks such as these 2 which are already included in the Machu Picchu ticket.
  • 11.Travel insurance is strongly recommended..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 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.
  • 12.- 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.
  • I have read and accept the conditions.