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Price Information

US$ 560.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

Please Note

USD$ 540 with ISIC student card.
Ticket for Huaynapicchu and 6 Kg service of porter are included.
PRIVATE TOURS: !!
2-3 person group US$ 1,390 pp
4-5 person group US$ 990 pp
6-8 person group US$ 780 pp
Daily Departures uopon your request !!!
We include 6 Kg porterage help per person, walk through Llaqtapata ruins.*

Overview

... 3 hours drive in private bus to Mollepata, stop for a coca tea... then short drive to our hike start at Sayllapata. 5-6 hours of easy walk to our first campsite at Salkantaypampa, at 1 pm stop near Soray for a lunch and rest (each night we have quite campsites with dinning , cooking tents and 2 person per tent, you just carry a small daypack... we carry oxygen for emergency and a horse for a ride for those affected by soroche... not many), 7-8 hours walk on second day, only few hours near the Apacheta pass from the valley, walk will be not so strenous, beautiful views and amazing landscapes… afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain second night at Collpapampa, comfortable dinning tent for our meals, 3rd night at Playa campsite, on Day 4th we walk for 5 hours toward the impresive Llaqtapata Inca ruins Complex, famous lookout point to see Machupicchu range of mountains, we finishes our trek at Hidroelectrica time to rest and lunch, then we board a pintoresque train to Aguas Calientes town, Dinner and accommodation in private rooms. (optional time to visit the hot springs) next morning early bus to Machupicchu for a sunrise, but most importantly before the crowds ... then your expert tour guide will offer you a guided tour and interpretation insitu at Machupicchu, once your tour is finishes by 11 am walk to Huaynapicchu mountain, (for latest tour booking we have a walk to Machupicchu mountain instead), walk from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes (Optional bus down $9 pp) Lunch at Viajeros and late by 4:40 pm train return to Cusco. (Trekking poles and strong boots recommended.)

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Is it for me?

Mount Salkantay & Machupicchu Trek is a great alternative for the Inca Trail trek, better suited for more adventuresome trekkers who are able to handle more altitude and distance. Ascending to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) is not too strenuous since it is at the beginnig of the trek, neither very steep but requires stamina and time in Cusco to acclimatise.

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Difficulty

Distance:50 km
Duration: 5 Days
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude: 2,800 masl to 4,600 masl
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging.
Modality: Trekking, Archaeological and Cultural
Location: Mountain range Vilcabamba - Cusco
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC /
Night temperature: 4ºC to - 7º C
Note: 2-3 day acclimatization required.

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Briefing

The night before of your trek at 7:00 pm we have a pre-departure briefing in our office, this will take 40 minutes approx. Items rented such as sleeping bags, Trekking poles, mattress and duffle bags will be provided at this time.

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Transport

Tourist bus and Train

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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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Salkantay, Machupicchu & Huaynapicchu 5 Day/4 Night -Group Service.

Last Minute Information

  • Permits for Huaynapicchu mountain are limited, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS... you must book and pay a deposit well in advance... so we can secure your permits for this trek.
  • **check this link for current group departure dates
  • http://sastravel.online-booking.co/reservas/availability/ **
  • Please skype sas.travel or sas.travel.info for assistance if you can´t understand the directions in the BOOKING INFORMATION at the end of this page.

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 nights 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 2014 to APRIL 15th 2014). 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

Program Itinerary

Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA camp.

06.00 am. Departure by our private transport to Mollepata town at 2,850 mts.  A beautiful 3 hour scenic journey through Izcuchaca and Limatambo, with a stop for breakfast and panoramic views of the “Mountain of Salkantay” in the Cordillera of Vilcanota. We can see spectacular views of the chains of snow capped Vilcabamba, the colorful village of Mollepata and the lush Apurimac River Valley. At this point due to the dirty and rocky road conditions we transfer into another truck or minibus.  After passing Cruzpata 3200 mts, then Challacancha, we arrive to our trailhead in Sayllapata at 3,600 masl where we meet our Arrieros “horsemen“ and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants). We commence treking with a gradual climb of 250 meters for about 2 and a half hours through a pristine Andean valley landscape before arriving to Soraypampa.  There after visiting a spectacular glacial lake we have lunch.  We continue after lunch with a gentle climb for approximately 2 and a half to 3 hours through more unspoiled Andean valley to Salkantaypampa. This first Camp is located at 3,950 masl.  

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

camping

3950 masl

2850 masl

12 km approx

Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA

After an early breakfast we start trekking a moderate climb from approx 07:00am for 3 hours to reach the Apacheta Pass at 4,590 masl. From this point we can appreciate spectacular views of Cusco's second highest peak, the stunning snow capped Mount Salkantay (6,264 mts) and also the snow capped mountains Humantay and Huayanay, white river, small lakes and moraines. In the Apacheta Pass you can leave a piece of rock carried from the bottom as a present from you to the Apacheta. (In Inca times the walkers used to leave at the top their shoes, clothes, jewels or simply a piece of rock as an offering.) There is an option to take a nice walk from the Pass for 40 minutes to see an amazing lake of Soraycocha located just off the trail.
We continue 2 hrs downhill to lunch in Huayracmachay, and then, depending on the group ability, weather and walking conditions, the guide will decide whether to camp 2-3 hrs downhill walk in Rayan-niyoc at 3100 mts or travel a further 2km to camp at Collpapampa 2920 mts for experienced trekkers. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

camping

4590 masl

2920 masl

16km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay

Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA

After Breakfast, we say goodbye and thanks to our arrieros, horse/donkey herders. They will get to La Playa way before us, leaving the equipment for the other staff and make their return back to Soraypampa. We start the trek 07:00am with 3 hours easy hiking from Collpapampa, where we will be introduced to a high Jungle zone called Ceja de Selva.  Here we will see different kinds of plants, fruits, flowers, birds ectetera plus coca and banana crops can be observed.  You will have time to shower in a waterfall, take amazing pictures, and with luck we can observe the famous Peruvian National Bird "Gallito de las Rocas". We stop at Lluscamayo 2,400m for lunch and free time to rest before the 3 hour walk to our last campsite in La Playa 2,350 masl. A small village is located here with electricity and a shop. Early arrive to camp and there is an option to take a car to Santa Teresa to enjoy the hot springs and return for Dinner at Camp at Playa.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

camping

2920 masl

2350 masl

approx 15km

Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES

Approx 07:30 am we begin our trek to the village Lucmabamba where we see the remains of an Inka trail. We follow this rising trail, from which we will see coffee, banana and passion fruit plantations and a lovely view of the Santa Teresa Valley. After climbing for 4 hrs to reach Llaqtapata 2,700 masl we can enjoy some free time to rest and observe the mountain of Machupicchu (Inca city) and some of this arqueological site from afar. Then 2 hours continuous downhill to the Hydroelectric Plant at 1,870m where we have the last lunch with our staff. The cook and staff will leave us after lunch and we only continue on to Aguas Calientes town with our guides. So here is our chance to say goodbye and express our appreciation.
 At 16:30pm we will take a 45 minute train journey to Aguas Calientes town 2,000 masl where a Special Dinner and finally a comfy bed in the "Hostal Viajeros" await us.
Walking poles recommended for the 2 final hours downhill. Optional evening bathe in the hotsprings 10 minutes walk from the town.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Viajeros Hostel

2350 masl

2000 masl

12km approx

Day 5: AGUAS CALIENTES - MACHUPICCHU - CUSCO

Early walk (approximately 1.5 hours uphill from Aquas Calientes) or bus for 25 minutes to the Citadel of Machupicchu, guided tour for 3 hours and plenty of free time for further exploring, photos and optional climb of the mountain Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Moon, or the Gate of the Sun. Generally around 1pm people walk down the steps back to Aguas Calientes for the Buffet lunch and at approx 16:00 hrs we take our return train to Ollantaytambo with bus connection arriving to Cusco city around 9:00 pm. (End of our service at Plaza Regocijo at centre of Cusco).

Breakfast, Lunch,

What is Included:

  • Collection from your hotel from 05:45 am.
  • Private vehicle to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
  • (2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants)
  • 6 kilos porterage service for your personal items ie extra clothes, mattress, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Full board meals 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners.
  • (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent. First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Horses/donkeys to carry tents, food, cooking equipment. Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes Double or Triple Accommodation.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco. Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex. Guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own,
  • Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (walk to top without a guide,trail is well marked )
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Hotel Marqueses.

What is not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC)
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Water on Day 1
  • Dinner on the 5 th day, Drinks, bottle water
  • The bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$ 9
  • (45 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes) to Hostel Viajeros.
  • Tips for your guide,cook and staff are optional.not mandatory.

We recommend that you bring

  • Comfortable daypack.
  • Sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC)
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
  • Layers for variable temperatures specially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
  • Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent, Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
  • Extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks,Trekking poles.

Additional options

  • Single tent supplement US$ 50
  • Single room in Aguas Calientes $ 20
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius $ 25
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20
  • you have 6 kilos of personal items included in the tour price carried by a mule/porter ...If you would like to request more porterage for personal items each extra 3 kilos requested is $20 additional charge but you can just request this in the office at your checkin.
  • UP-GRADING YOUR RETURN from Aguas Calientes to Cusco with VISTADOME TRAIN.-
  • To Up-grade train return ( with Vistadome Deluxe ) US$ 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 they need to contact us directly on info@sastravelperu.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.

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 river side so it is not noisy, 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 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 USD$ 25.00 p/person
  • Green Nature 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 in Machupicchu
  • Sanctuary Lodge US$ 490.00 p/person.(Include Dinner and Breakfast)
  • 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 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 lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your check-in.
  • HUAYNA PICCHU MOUNTAIN WALK.- This walk to the mountain Huaynapicchu after your guided tour in Machupicchu, it takes 2 hours Ticket is included for people who book in advance and permits are available.
  • BOOK EARLY ... to avoid disappointments.
  • Note: 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 !
  • To guarantee Huayna Picchu permits you need to pay for your booking at least 1 month in advance.
  • TRAVEL 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

  • The bag and Mattress will be returned to Cusco for you on Day 4th as
  • you have Hotel accommodation with bed and bedding provided in Aguas Calientes
  • The tour include 6 kilos of personal items in the tour price carried by a mule/porter...If you would like to request more porterage for personal items each extra 3 kilos requested is $20 additional charge but you can just request this and pay for this in the office at your checkin.
  • Regarding horses who carry personal items. You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, water bottle, snacks, cold weather clothing and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season May to October)- but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as horses do not walk alongside you
  • You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at campsites.
  • EXTRA MONEY.-
  • Also for The bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$10, if you do not want to walk down the trail so it is optional, tips for horsemen / crew, porters, guides, drinks, snacks, etc. You need to take at least 200-300 soles emergency money.
  • RETURN FROM MACHUPICCHU to CUSCO
  • The Package Includes: Return by Expedition Train (late afternoon departure) to Cusco or with private bus connection from Ollantaytambo both arriving about approx 9.30 pm to 11.00pm to the Cusco Plaza.
  • Recommended time of year for this trek : May to November from Dec to April rainfall, snow can block the pass and cancel the trek. This trek is rated a moderate to difficult hike considering the high altitudes and length of walking especially on the 2nd Day. You need to acclimatize in Cusco for at least 2 days before trekking. Nights are chilly and cold , bring a down jacket.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions related to the Salkantay & Machu-Picchu 5 Day with SAS Travel.
  • A.- BEFORE YOU GO
  • B.- ON THE TREK
  • C.- BOOKINGS & RESERVATIONS
  • A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is included in the price of the tour?
  • Collection from your hotel from 05:30 am.
  • Private vehicle to Mollepata-Cruzpata (starting of our trek.)
  • 2 person Igloo tents (large and comfortable) and a roll pad mattress.
  • English speaking experienced professional mountain guide.
  • (2 Guides for a group of 9-17 participants)
  • 6 kilos porterage service for your personal items ie extra clothes, mattress, sleeping bag to be carried by mules, (so you just need to carry your daypack with everything you will need during the day).
  • Full board meals 5 Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners.
  • (Vegetarian, vegan or special diet meals upon request)
  • Dining and cooking tents with tables and chairs. Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent. First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Horses/donkeys to carry tents, food, cooking equipment. Hot water for washing purposes.
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottles
  • Train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes.
  • Hostel in Aguas Calientes Double or Triple Accommodation.
  • Expedition Tourist Train from Aguas Calientes to Ollanta and private transport to Cusco. Admission Ticket to Machu Picchu Archaeological Complex. Guided tour in Machu Picchu, time to explore on your own,
  • Ticket to Huaynapicchu mountain (walk to top without a guide,trail is well marked )
  • Free storage in Cusco for your belongings at Hotel Marqueses.
  • Not Included
  • Sleeping bag (minus 8 ºC) US$ 25.00
  • Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
  • Dinner on the 5 th day, Drinks, bottle water
  • The bus down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$ 9
  • (45 minutes down-hill walk to Aguas Calientes) to Hostel Viajeros.
  • Tips for your guide,cook and staff are optional.not mandatory.
  • (Every SAS staff receive a fair and decent payment immediately after they end their trip, tips are optional but are a great gesture of esteem to them.)
  • Where are the Departure points for our TREKS?
  • There are various pickup points for safety and to help reduce the amount of time in going to numerous hotels.( Please be ready)
  • The standard meeting point is at the Plaza Regocijo or Plaza Cusipata at 5.45 am. If you are at any hotel in San Blas area, please wait for us in front of the Church of San Blas for your transfer at 5.40 am. If you are at Hotel Niños 1 on Calle Meloc or Hotel Niños 2 in Calle Fierro, please wait for your bus at 6:00 am. If you are staying at Loki Hostal, please wait for us at the corner of Meloc & Arcopata (at the steps going down) at 6:10 am.
  • If you are at a different hotel far from the meeting point that is not listed, we will discuss the pick up procedure at the Office and “pre trek briefing” the night before you depart.
  • Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking?
  • On the trek/tour, you should only bring with you the things you really want/need and leave the rest of your things with us. SAS Travel offers Free luggage storage for all of our customers. If you have luggage that you wish to leave with us in Cusco then bring it to the meeting point on the morning of the departure. A SAS Travel Rep will take your things to be stored in the Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso 265- Tèl: 257819), which is right next door to our main SAS Travel office.
  • You can then pick up your things up from the safe storage in Hotel Marqueses any time after your trek (the hotel is open 24 hours). You must bring the tag given to you as receipt when you first dropped off your items:
  • What should I pack?
  • Backpack
  • sleeping bag (Minus 8ºC - can be rented at SAS office for US$25 )
  • Sturdy Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes and trekking pants. not jeans
  • layers for variable temperatures specially at night
  • Flash light with extra batteries
  • Camera, extra film & batteries
  • Sunprotection : sunscreen : sun hat : sunglasses
  • Thermals : wool socks : Gloves / scarf and woolen hat for cold nights
  • Insect repellent
  • Rain poncho : a good rain jacket
  • extra plastic bags especially in wet season and plastic garbage bags to line your back pack
  • Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
  • Bathing clothes for the hot springs
  • Water bottle : water purifying tablets optional
  • Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
  • Original passport and ISIC student card if applicable
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks
  • Trekking poles
  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag. Can I rent one?
  • YES you can just organise it at the time of booking or book directly in the office on your check-in
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius US $ 25
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20
  • porter/ mule for extra 3 Kg $20
  • Will I need any extra money?
  • YES, so that you can take part in options such as the natural hot springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles), and/or Santa Teresa. Bus ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$9 pp if you don`t want to walk the trail. tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, bottled water, drinks, etc.
  • You should take at least 300 soles as emergency money that hopefully you will return to Cusco with!
  • Do the guides speak English?
  • SAS Travel has high standards for our guides. All of our top guides must be educated in the field of tourism, first aid assistance and completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.
  • How many people will be in my group?
  • We require 6 person minimum for our treks, indicated dates on web are open groups in which you are welcome to join, sometimes we have groups of 8 passengers. We generally average 8-12 persons. During low season the groups are more likely to small and during high season the groups will likely be full. With 10- 16 trekkers we have a primary guide plus assistant guide and in high seasons on rare occasions we add a further guide and can take maximum 19 with 3 guides.
  • When a group goes over max, we will breakit into 2 groups who may travel together but have separate guides, cooks etc.
  • Should I hire an 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 $20.
  • 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 hights), 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 4th 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.
  • B. ON THE TREK.-
  • **I am not really an experienced trekker?. What if I can’t keep up?
  • How difficult is the Salkantay Trek Trail?**
  • Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early if they have acclimatised. You just need to remember that you are able to go at a speed that is comfortable for you. Take your time, pace yourself, and enjoy. The Salkantay Trail is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some individuals. We do carry oxygen and we recommend using a trekking pole.
  • Are Trekking poles really necessary?
  • we DO recommend the use of Trekking poles, especially for those passengers with known knee problems. There are multiple times during the trek that a Trekking poles is handy, be it ascending a mountain or walking along the rough trails.
  • Will I see many local villages
  • Lares is the better trek to do to see quaint local villages that have maintained a very typical andean rustic life style and traditional weaving skills. You will see small towns along the apporach to this trek and a couple of times during this but they have a mistizo feel rather than tiny andean villages.
  • How long will I be walking every day?
  • How long is the trail? 50 Km
  • This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
  • Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA camp.
  • Distance Travelled: 12km approx
  • Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA
  • Distance Travelled: 16km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay
  • Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA
  • Distance Travelled: approx 14km
  • Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Distance Travelled: 12km approx
  • If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. Check re permits with your tour guides.
  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Salkantay Trek?
  • It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Salkantay Trek reaches 4590m on the 2nd day
  • Day 1: CUSCO - MOLLEPATA - SAYLLAPATA - SORAYPAMPA - SALKANTAYPAMPA
  • Maximum Altitude: 3950 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2850 masl
  • Day 2: SALKANTAYPAMPA - COLLPAPAMPA
  • Maximum Altitude: 4590 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2920 masl
  • Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA
  • Maximum Altitude: 2920 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2350 masl
  • Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
  • Maximum Altitude: 2350 masl
  • Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl
  • What if I am unable to finish the trail?
  • In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due health issues.
  • SAS Travel will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense.(Travel Insurance required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though. Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail but recover quickly are taken to Ollantaytambo where they rest and spend the night and then can join the group again on the 4th afternoon for by train to Aguas Calientes ( cost incurred by trekker ) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
  • What if I become ill before the trail or am suffering severe altitude on the day of departure?
  • We do not recommend that any one starts this trek if not in good health. If you miss the trek part while gaining strength in Cusco we can assist you with discounted accomodation within your cancellation costs and we can still take you to meet the group on the 4th day so you can continue the tour from here.
  • That way you are still able to use the Machu Picchu entrance join your group for a tour and return train ticket at least
  • **Can SAS Travel accommodate my dietary needs?
  • What kind of food will there be?**
  • Not to worry, SAS Travel is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served.
  • Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken cacerole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques.
  • Will I need to bring water?
  • We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 litre bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.
  • Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.
  • Are there bathrooms along the way?
  • Along the trail there are several sites with toilets. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out. Leave no trace! Please do not litter.
  • Is it OK to bring toddlers on the trail?
  • It is not recommended . If you are thinking of bringing any small children with you, it is recommended that you do a private tour with us instead of going on a group service departure. That way, you can get the extra attention that you will require from the guide. It should be remembered that it is likely you will have a difficult time as it is, so if you have never done higher altitude trekking with your child before, you’ll want to carefully consider your enjoyment and the enjoyment of the child. Also, it should be kept in mind that the emergency rescue services while on the trek are extremely limited.
  • Is there a chance that my trek will be canceled?
  • There is lttle chance of a total cancellation of a trek unless due to natural disaster. Due to extreme weather circumstances there may be alternative routes taken but a trek will usually be altered rather than totally cancelled.
  • Is the trail still good during the rainy season?
  • we do not recommend this trek in the months of Jan, Feb and March.
  • The trail will have more episodes of stormy weather during the rainy season. It could happen at any time of the year though. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed unpassable by the guide.
  • What kind of weather can I expect on the trek?
  • Temperatures?
  • During the “rainy season” (Dec – May), you can expect that it will rain pretty much every day. At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 1 degrees Celsius.
  • On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring time, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as minus -4 to minus -7 degrees Celsius.
  • It is always best to dress in layers during anytime of year, really. As you hike, put them on when you feel cold or shed them and put it in your day pack when you get hot.
  • How many trekkers and trek crew are in a typical group?
  • For a group of max 19 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 assistant guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 6-8 horsemen.
  • If the group is 12 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 4-5 horsemen.
  • What is the standard procedure when it comes to tips?
  • Tips for the above mentioned trekking staff are not included in the price of the trek. Tips are optional not mandatory. Generally tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the 4th day since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.
  • Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator & Porters On the third night at dinner time someone from the group is usually elected to collect the tips. Please remember to take plenty of small denomination bills in Peruvian Soles. We recommend that the cook should receive about 50% more than the other trekking staff. The money should be paid directly to each individual and not given to the guide, cook or representative of porters.
  • Deciding how much to tip is always a difficult and sometimes uncomfortable decision. SAS Travel pay our trek staff fairly and treat them with respect and try to provide good working conditions. We think that a tip should not be used to subsidize a poor wage but should be a way to show the staff that you have enjoyed the trek and appreciated the services that they have provided. The tip should therefore be optional and not mandatory. However, if you have enjoyed the service, we recommend that each person in the group contributes between 30 and 40 soles ( US$ 10-14 ) to a “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and horsemen. This should ensure that each person will receive a tip of about US$15 and the cook around US$30. Obviously if you want to tip more please do so.
  • Tips for the Assistant Guide The assistant guide will not accompany the group to Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu. We therefore recommend that you also tip the assistant guide on the 4th day. We suggest that each person in the group tips the assistant guide approx 15 soles. (US$5) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
  • Tips for the Guide The guide will accompany the group throughout the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend that you tip the guide after the tour in Machupicchu at the time of lunch at Hotel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between 18 and 28 soles. (US$8-10) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
  • SUMMARY: Like in most American countries, tipping is normal practice. If you have enjoyed the service provided by the trekking team we would recommend bringing between 70 and 85 soles ( US$ 25-30 ) to covers tips for the trekking staff. However if you think that you have received poor service you are under no obligation to pay a tip. The trekking team will soon get the message. Please pay tips in cash and do not pay in kind such as in beers etc. We have tried to be as clear as possible about tipping but we understand that this is a complicated issue when many different cultures and lifestyles come together.
  • The procedure and amounts listed above have been written in conjunction with our guides and trekking staff. We accept that not all of our clients will be in agreement with this information. It is important that you tip the amount that you feel comfortable with. Please try not to let the procedure stress you or cause anyone to feel badly towards other members of the group who wish to pay less than the recommended amount or decide not to pay a tip at all.
  • Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?
  • You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impresive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.
  • Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu (300 mts above Machu Picchu site)
  • As long as you book and pay well in advance ..for certain dates in high season it may be necesary to pay 3 -4 months in advance
  • Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so we can include the Montaña Machu Picchu permit instead
  • The trail to HuaynaPicchu is safe in good weather, but very steep with use of chains and not recomended for those with vertico. It is about an hour and a half round trip. and there are only 2 times during the day it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system.
  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu?
  • How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?
  • You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, after which time you will have 2-3 hours more to spend on your own. You can climb Huayna Picchu or just explore. After the guided portion, your guide will reconfirm the times to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and / or train
  • What time will I be back in Cusco?
  • Can you explain the train service a little more??
  • Many of our travellers request a later train so they can spend the full day at Machu Picchu, to climb Wayna Picchu or to visit the natural hot baths (for which the town Aguas Calientes is named). We therefore try to reserve a late afternoon train around between - 6 pm for our travellers. Occasionally it is direct to Cusco, but otherwise the service is to Ollantaytambo with a private bus transfer onwards to Cusco. But still, these reservations times are confirmed by Peru Rail often only 9 days in advance during high season and holidays. When demand exceeds availability, we will always try to obtain tickets for an earlier service rather than one late at night for a more comfortable arrival to Cusco but this is sometimes difficult.
  • C. BOOKING & RESERVATIONS.-
  • What are the benefits of doing a private trek?
  • One of the main reasons why the private option is sought after is for families or groups of friends or for trekkers who want more individual time with the guide and flexiblity in the programme. You can choose any date that you want.
  • In addition to the convenience and flexibility in booking, the private option provides a more personal trip experience for your group. We will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. The guide will focus all of his energy and attention on your group. You can also be more specific about the foods that you would like to be served during the trek. It is a truly wonderful experience to go on such an amazing journey with only your friends and loved ones. Ask a SAS Rep how you can arrange your own private tour.
  • What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?
  • ISIC stands for “International Student Identity Card” and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The INC accepts ISIC for discounts.
  • The discount that is offered isn’t a SAS Travel discount, but is actually offered by the INC and SAS Travel passes the discount on to you. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek.
  • Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?
  • If you do not leave the group without a minumum you can change your date but there must be a group for the date which you want to move to.
  • What if do not have my passport right now?
  • You can book and then send us your passport details later for this trek as it is only required for train tickets and Machu Picchu entrances.
  • ++Can I pay for the entire tour up front?**
  • Usually we only charge the deposit of your Salkantay Trail to the card (done without commission fee) to confirm your booking. This deposit and the details completed on your booking form are used as a guarantee for the balance and other tours. The balance is paid on your arrival to Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay with credit card you need to pay 5% commission. With Traveller’s Cheques there is a 3% commission.
  • The prices of the tours are for cash payment. You can withdraw US $ out of the ATMs, which there are plenty in Cusco.
  • If you like, some people prefer to pay the full balance by Western Union or Bank just before starting their travels to avoid carrying cash or spending time finalizing things when they arrive so let us know if you would prefer this. If you want to pay the full tour by credit card please add on the 5% fee.
  • ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE
  • Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
  • Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxigen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.
  • Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft)
  • may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m)
  • Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.
  • Symptoms may include headaches,nausea,vomiting,dizziness,malaise, imsomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.
  • To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness,
  • tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.
  • Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily.
  • Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.
  • Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking sterorids is not adviced. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful.
  • When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to evoid overexertion, eat ligh meals and abstain from alcohol.
  • Altitude sickness should be taken seriously, it can be life threatening when severe.

Booking Information

  • Thank you for booking with SAS Travel. We assume you have read all the pertinent information and conditions.
  • Step 1.- CLICK:http://sastravel.online-booking.co/registration.php
  • **Step 2.- Select Salkantay, Machupicchu & Huaynapicchu 5 Day/4 Night -Group Service.
  • ** and please fill it out with your own personal details, fill out details of your group in Traveling with: First Name and Surname, Passport Number, Age and Nationality contact email/skype address or phone. (Make sure your passports are valid for at least 6 months before you enter Peru). . Once you finish sending us all your details you will receive a reservation code (eg: 120611001). If you do not want to climb Huayna Picchu indicate No in this section. Then you must pay your booking deposit as until we receive a payment your reservation is not confirmed. It is only so we can find the full reservation details at the exact time of payment. The last spaces in the group will be guaranteed in order of payments received so it is best to pay for all people in your group together with 1 reservation code, so that we can guarantee your permits, tickets for Machu Picchu, train tickets and tour together in the same group. Please also ensure you send scan of ISIC card if applicable at this time.
  • Step 3 .-HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING DEPOSIT TO CONFIRM YOUR RESERVATION.
  • Please note if your are needing to pay urgently you can skype sas.travel with your credit card details for immediate payment and CONFIRMATION. Otherwise choose the option below that suits you best.
  • deposit option 1.- PAY A DEPOSIT with WESTERN UNION: Transfer US$ 200.00 per person.
  • Western Union is the cheapest way to send money (up to USD$ 999.00 per transaction) if you are from the US. I understand you can do this via Western Union online service for only about $6 fee when it is indicated as a non immediate pickup and using a checking account. You make the payment to: Irwin POMA FLORES.
  • RECEIVER'S FIRST NAME: Irwin
  • RECEIVER'S PATERNAL NAME: POMA
  • RECEIVER'S MATERNAL NAME: FLORES
  • COUNTRY: (Peru)
  • (This is the only person authorized to receive Western Union Payments for SAS Travel -Peru so only use these details.)
  • However if you are going to send larger amounts it has to be done via a Western Union office or separated into 2 payments each less than $1000. Upon transferring the money email us the email confirmation receipt from Western Union with your reservation code and amount paid to: robyn@sastravelperu.com, reservas@sastravelperu.com and caja@sastravelperu.com -to confirm your booking deposit.
  • deposit option 2.-http://sastravel.online-booking.co/pay.php ONLINE with MASTER CARD,VISA .- USD$ 210.00 per person (USD$ 200.00 + 5% card charge) Payments by credit card will carry a surcharge of 5%. (Visa card holder MUST BE affiliated to Verified by Visa)
  • deposit option 3.- ONLINE http://sastravel.online-booking.co/pay.php with PAY PAL .- USD$ 212.00 per person (USD$ 200.00 + 6% PAY PAL FEE) Payments by PAY PAL must include the additional 6% surcharge and the confirmation from Pay Pal needs to be emailed to robyn@sastravelperu.com and reservas@sastravelperu.com or feel free to Skype us: sas.travel
  • deposit option 4.- bank transfer has large fees so best to pay as one FULL PAYMENT. ie $560 base price per person and only if you are 4 or more to make fees worth it. - Transferring money to a Banco Continental in Peru. (Please add a USD$ 40.00 Bank fee that is taken from this end by the Peruvian bank.) Best for group booking ie 4 person mínimum Please send us an email to receive current bank details.
  • Or if you have an Australian bank account there are no extra fees for 2014 to transfer to our Australian Bank account. Please email robyn@sastravelperu.com or skype sas.travel to receive the Westpac bank details. This can only be for a domestic bank transfer within Australia. If done internationally a fee of $40 will be charged.
  • As soon as we receive your deposit we will proceed purchasing your Permits, tickets for Huaynapicchu or if you are paying after Huaynapicchu permits have run out we will organize the Montaña Machu Picchu climb option. We will send you a final confirmation of your tour with detailed information within 12 working hours. If you don`t receive your Confirmation within 18 hours please send an email to: robyn@sastravelperu.com or feel free to Skype: sas.travel or call us.
  • 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 commission or 6% Pay pal commission or other fees depending on which payment method you choose.
  • You then can enter the same ONLINE SYSTEM http://sastravel.online-booking.co/pay.php 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.

Terms & Conditions

  • CONDITIONS OF THE SALKANTAY TREK 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (MINIMUM 6 PAXS)
  • 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 Salkantay trek goes to 4600 mtrs.
  • 2.- You must advise your guides 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.- 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 rental of sleeping bags or trekking poles 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 the rental 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 make your final payment either entering the same ONLINE SYSTEM with your reservation reference code or via western union or contact us for bank details. Once we receive your payment in full we send you a further email with your confirmation and final briefing details.
  • 4.- If you get vertigo or do not want to climb Huayna Picchu for any reason then indicate No in the reservation format and write this in the comments section. Ensure we confirm you indicating No Huayna Picchu climb so we discount $10 off the package for you.
  • 5.- The student US$20 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS Travel. All student ISIC cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid ISIC card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it was confirmed. A Youth Travel card or International Teachers cards are not accepted by the control.
  • 6.- You must carry your original passport and valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the trail, If you do not take the correct original passport as indicated in your permit, the control will annul your permit and refuse you entrance to the trail. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring the old passport with you, or if this is impossible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the INC with official documentation to avoid problems. Administration charge for this formal change is (US$ 15 pp)
  • 7.- We include in this trek a 6 kilos for porterage for your camp belongings (Mattress,sleeping bag and personal clothes, a duffle bag is provided) due to the strenuos nature of the trek but if you will require more let us know. If you have no experience in high altitude trekking please hire more porterage. This is a serious requirement and 3 kilos more is only US$20 for the entire trek so well worth it.
  • 8-Please note Hostel Viajeros is not a 3 star hotel but is clean, safe and comfortable. If you are wanting alternative accomodation this can be organised, these are some upgrade options and the corresponding supplemental cost based on double occupancy see Recomendations. Please let us know of this request at the time of booking.
  • 9.- Cancelation made by Clients : you are strongly recommended to organise Travel Insurance.
  • 9. a.- Cancelation of tour up to 2 months before departure incurs a loss of the US$ 200.00 non refundable deposit.
  • 9. b..- Cancelation of tour within 2 months and 1 month of departure incurs a loss of 50% of total tour cost...
  • 9. c.- Cancelation of tour within 1 month and 1 week of departure incurs a loss of 70% of total tour cost...
  • 9. 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 Aguas Calientes day 4.
  • 9 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 Aguas Calientes day 4.
  • 10.- Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum and the train tickets and Machu Picchu entrance have not been finalised. US$ 25.00 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$20.00 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.
  • 11- 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.
  • 12- SAS Travel will take all reasonable care in providing service to our clients to avoid accident, illness, loss of personal property and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. SAS Travel cannot however be responsible for any action or event that was unforeseeable or unavoidable. We also cannot be responsible for improper acts by clients or other third party. You are totally responsable for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • 13.- SAS Travel does not take responsibility for additional costs due to unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal items, etc. It is the clients responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • 14.- Salkantay 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 Travel 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 “Salkantay trail to Machupicchu” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS Travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 5 Day Choquequirao trek and your booking deposit money will be used for this or if you prefer an alternative tour such as 5 Day lake Titicaca package or Jungle trip etc. to give you some of the many options.
  • I have read and accept the conditions.