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

FIXED DEPARTURES SPOTS AVAILABLE ON: See on Step 1: AVAILABILITY

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Price Information

US$ 560.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

Adult rate US$ 560 / Student rate US$ 540 (Include Ticket for Huaynapicchu mountain and Porterage for 6 Kg included.)
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PRIVATE TOUR:
DAILY DEPARTURES:
2 person group US$ 1,290 each
3 person group US$ 990 each
4 person group US$ 860 each
5 person group US$ 710 each
6 person group US$ 590 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.
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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. (Please see our confirmed group dates).AVAILABILITY and BOOKINGS).

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Overview

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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Difficulty

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

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

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Transport

Tourist bus and Train

Recommended Hotels

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



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.

http://www.hotelmarqueses.com

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

Last Minute Information

  • Permits for Machupicchu citadel, Huaynapicchu mountain and train tickets are limited, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. You must book and pay a deposit well in advance. For high season (May to October, 6-5 months in advance.) 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$ 200.00 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 or Visa card US$ 210.00 p/person. Book and pay as soon as possible to avoid disappointments.
  • COUPLES or GROUPS BOOKING: Choose the tour of your preference and package departure date, fill out your personal details on Step 2, then below fill out details of your group in Traveling with: once you have finalized you will get a Reservation Code (Purchase number) to pay a booking deposit with. For any assistance Call or Skype us and we can confirm your permits in only few minutes with our english/french speaking staff.
  • TICKET FOR HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN.- Included in your tour, after your guided tour finish.
  • Touring and trekking with SAS Travel... ...an spiritual pilgrimage throughout the sacred mountains and Machupicchu for your mind, body and soul... unique adventure for your senses ! Quality tours with a special personal touch !!

Special Offer

To receive the Offer of student price 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 student price offer for persons under 24 years of age”
4 Nights for the price of 3 in
MARQUESES BOUTIQUE Hotel 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 2013 to APRIL 15th 2013). 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 cash.www.hotelmarqueses.com

LARES VALLEY TREK & MACHU-PICCHU 4DAYS /3NIGHTS
This trek (Pumahuanca Lares hot spring route) 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 Picchu, walk to Sun-Gate etc.
PLEASE NOTE: There are more than 5 trails in Lares Valley region, we do offer the nicest and the challenging trek -the one not crowded yet by the hordes, from Pumahuanca near the Sacred Valley to hot springs in Lares town, passing throught beautiful andean valleys, passes, turquoise color lagoons, an ancient inka trail, colorful dressed local people and impressive flocks of llamas and alpacas, watching the ancestral farm customs, andean traditions and amazing textiles, comfortable dinning tent for meals, afternoon on Day 3 we take a Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, night in private rooms, next day aerly we ride a bus to arrive to see the sunrise but most importantly to enjoy when the site is still not so crowded, guided visit to Machupicchu and walk to Huaynapicchu mt. Lunch in Aguas Calientes and Expedition class return train 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.

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Camping

4,000m/13123ft

2,800m/9186ft

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

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Camping

4780m /15682ft

3750m/12303ft

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.

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Hostel Viajeros Aguas Calientes or upgrade option as requested

3750m/12303ft

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.

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3400m/11155ft

2100m/6890ft

5 -6hours exploring

What is Included:

  • Pick-up from hotels from5.25 to 05:45am or meet in our depart point Plaza Cusipata
  • 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 private transport 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$7 pp.
  • Optional Up-grade Vistadome train return to Cusco instead Expedition train US$ 36 extra per person.
  • 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
  • Ticket for Huaynapicchu $10 must be indicated at time of booking
  • UP-GRADING YOUR RETURN from Aguas Calientes to Cusco with VISTADOME TRAIN.-
  • To Up-grade train return ( with Vistadome Deluxe ) US$46.00 pp
  • 15:25 pm depart Aguas Calientes – 18:40 to Poroy Train Station
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  • If you want an upgrade train they need to contact us directly on info@sastravelperu.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.
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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.
  • BOOK EARLY ... to avoid disappointments.
  • Remember just recently since July 20th 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 ! http://www.sastravelperu.com/contact/step2.phpTRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend you to obtain a personal Travel Insurance, including Medical Problems, Baggage loss or damage. If you need help to find a travel Insurance Company please let us know. Eg, Nomad Travel Insurances.
  • PRIVACY POLICY: All the information you provide us, full name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, telephone number, and address or your credit card info will be used strictly to process your trip arrangements. This information will not be shared with anyone.
  • Please Note: Hostel Viajeros 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. We try to include an economcal accomodation option for this tour package to make it accessable for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accomodation in Aguas Calientes to celebrate your accomplishment of the trek then please request one of the recommended upgrades below.
  • ■Viajeros has one of the best locations in town, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only 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 hot spring open pools.
  • If you are wanting alternative accommodation this can be organized. These are some upgrade options and the corresponding supplemental cost based on double occupancy.
  • To guarantee your UP-GRADE hotel reservation, please include the payment of it in your tour booking deposit, so we can reserve and pay for your hotel in advance.
  • All upgrade Hotel policies require a full payment of your accommodation 20-45 days prior your reservation date. Thanks for your cooperation.
  • UP-GRADING HOTELS
  • 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.(Include Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel Hatuchay Tower US$115.00 p/person
  • Hotel INKATERRA US$ 260.00 p/person.(Include Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 220.00 p/person.(Include Dinner and Breakfast)
  • Hotel alongside Machupicchu: Sanctuary Lodge US$ 490.00 p/person.
  • (Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
  • 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 lose 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

  • HINTS FOR A FANTASTIC HIKE.-
  • ALTITUDE SICKNESS.-
  • - 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

Booking Information

  • Thank you for booking with SAS Travel.
  • CLICK: (AVAILABILITY AND BOOKINGS) See FIXED DEPARTURES.
  • Choose the tour and departure date required, fill out your personal details on Step 2, then below fill out the details of your group in Traveling with: (Make sure your passports have 6 months validation on them before you enter to Peru). Once you have finalized your booking, you will receive a reservation code (purchase number) to be able to pay ONLINE with. (eg: 240611001). If you are booking for 2 or more people, you can pay with just one code for one transaction.Please note if the permits are soon to run out you are better to do a credit card deposit as this is a more immediate charge to ensure quick confirmation.
  • HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING DEPOSIT.- (USD$ 200.00 per person is required.)
  • PAY A DEPOSIT with WESTERN UNION.- Transfer USDS$ 200.00 p/person in order to Mr: Irwin POMA-FLORES (Peru). Upon transferring the money email us the (MTCN) Money Transfer Control Number, your reservation code and the amount paid to: office@sastravelperu.com , reservas@sastravelperu.com and caja@sastravelperu.com
  • PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT ONLINE with MASTERCARD or VISA.- US$ 210.00 per person (US$ 200.00 + 5% card service fee). Payments by credit/debit card will carry a surcharge of 5%. (Visa card holder MUST BE affiliated to Verified by Visa) when your payment became Non Authenticated, Denied or failed, PLEASE contact us urgently by Skype sas.travel.info or sas.travel or phone us: 051 84 256324 - 261920 (Irwin or David). If you don`t receive a confirmation within 24 hours please send us an email to: office@sastravelperu.com , reservas@sastravelperu.com
  • FINAL PAYMENT.- The remaining balance needs to be paid (7 Days before the date of your tour) Transfer your balance with: Western Union in US$ Dollars to: Irwin POMA-FLORES. (Peru) email us the (MTCN), your reservation code and the amount paid to: office@sastravelperu.com and caja@sastravelperu.com
  • Payments with credit / debit cards need to be made 2 weeks prior your tour and only accepted with the commission of 5% included. You should contact us two weeks prior to the tour responding to the email with your confirmation requesting, any final items to be added and then we can reconfirm the exact balance to be paid plus the 5% commission. You then can enter the same online system with your reference code and make the balance payment.
  • FINAL PAYMENTS WITH CREDIT / DEBIT CARDS.- in our Office is with 8% card fee. (The remaining balance needs to be paid 5 Days before your tour).

Terms & Conditions

  • 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 as Lares trek goes to 4780 mtrs.
  • 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, 2 days before your departure.
  • Payment of your balance in the Cusco SAS office is requested in cash. US $ is easier but if you choose to pay in soles the rate charged is generally 2.90 soles = US$1 You can withdraw US$ or soles 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 to the credit card + the 8% commission.
  • 4.- The student US$20 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS travel. You must scan the ISIC card to us at the time of booking and carry the valid ISIC card on the trail to Machu Picchu with you or your entrance could be forfeited by the control.
  • 5.- Unless you hire an extra porter / horse you need to carry your back pack and sleeping bag .
  • If you have no experience in high altitude trekking please hire an extra porter. This is a serious requirement.
  • 6.- Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum and the train tickets have not been finalised. US$ 25 is charged.
  • Change of dates when train tickets have been finalised incurs a further fee as Peru rail also charges for changes of dates. This administration charge of US$20 per ticket in this case is incurred. At times a change of date may only be possible in an upgrade to a higher standard carriage and so the difference in price would need to be paid additionally. Equally if Machu Picchu entrance has already been purchased it is not transferable or refundable so a further entrance needs to be purchased. This is US$46 but generally only purchased 10 days before tour.
  • CANCELATIONS :
  • 7.- a. Cancelation of tour once you have booked and paid your deposit incurs a loss of the US$200. Non refundable deposit.
  • 7.- b. Cancelation of tour within 2 months and 1 month of departure incurs a loss of 50% of total tour cost...
  • 7.- c. Cancelation of tour within 1 month and 1 week of departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost...
  • 7.- d. Cancelation of tour within 1 week - 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost...
  • however we can organise an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your train tickets and entrance, completing the tour as normal from Ollantaytambo day 3.
  • 7.- e. Cancelation of tour within 48 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 train tickets and entrance, completing the tour as normal from Ollantaytambo day 3.
  • 8-If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is US$10 extra and you need to indicate this in your web reservation at the time of booking.
  • 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.
  • Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so please book and pay in advance.
  • 9.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter and mule 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. There will be no refund from the original payment, however we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
  • 10.- 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.
  • 11.- 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.
  • 12.- Lares trek is recommended in dry season. Unexpected rain can cause snow falls causing difficult trekking conditions and possibly closure of the pass. In the case of snow falls SAS can not be held accountable for the need to take an alternative route. You would also need good quality trekking boots and equipment to protect you against snow related conditions, cold and glare. In extreme cases when “ Lares trail to Machupicchu” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 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.
  • 13.- When paying the balance in Cusco, there will be a * 3% comission if you choose to use travellers cheques and a 8% comission for use of credit card.
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