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Price Information

US$ 440.00 p/person

(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)

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DAILY DEPARTURES UPON YOUR REQUEST::
US$ 540.00 pp (2-3 person)
US$ 480.00 pp (4-6 person.)
US$ 440.00 (7-9 person).
We can open a new departure day according to the people requested dates. We generally run this as a small group trek (2 person minimum) the number of people determine the price. We will advertise for Confirmed dates when we have a group service rate.
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GROUP FIXED DEPARTURES:
US$ 440.00 (US$ 400.00 for Students under 26 y/o)
Huaynapicchu mt walk and 6 Kg personal porter
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Overview

This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. As there are only 2 days of trekking, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in our hostal on the next night. This trek is also available in 1 or 2 day versions as well (without Machu Picchu).

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Difficulty

Distance: 17km
Duration: 2 days trek + 1 day Machu Picchu
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude: 3700 masl to 4400 masl
Difficulty: Moderate

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Transport

Tourist bus and Train

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Huchuy Qosqo hike, Machupicchu & Huaynapicchu Mt walk. 3Day /2Night.

Last Minute Information

  • DAILY DEPARTURES !!! The permits for Machupicchu citadel and train tickets are limited, FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. You must book and pay a deposit well in advance (3-1 months before). See on Step 1: AVAILABILITY 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 POMA FLORES (Peru) OR Pay a booking deposit ONLINE on Step 3: TO PAY with Master Card or Visa card US$ 210.00 p/person. Book and pay as soon as possible to avoid disappointments.
  • If you are booking as a Student, Please send us a scanned copy of your ISIC student card to info@sastravelperu.com as soon as possible to validate your tour as a student rate.*

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

Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu 3 Day Trek
This is easily the shortest of the treks and is best suited for those with a limited amount of time, but who would still like to do a bit of trekking before they see Machu Picchu. It is the lowest in altitude (4350 meters) of the 3 alternative treks and also the shortest in distance (17 kilometers) but still sees some great examples of Inca Stairs and other Inca ruins along the way. As there are only 2 days of trekking, you will only camp for one night and then sleep in our Hotel on the next night. This trek is also available in 1 or 2 Day versions as well (without Machu Picchu).

“This trek is ideal for those passengers who really want to be far in the middle of nowhere with only nature surrounding them as they camp in an area that is scarcely seen by tourists. Huchuy Qosqo (small Cusco) is situated above the Valley of Urubamba and offers very spectacular views over the mountain range Cordillera de Vilcanota. This trek is also a great way for you to enjoy a shorter trek that still includes Machu Picchu and Inca trails (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the very next night will be spent in our Hotel Viajeros in the beautiful pueblo, Aguas Calientes”

Program Itinerary

Day 1: Tambomachay to Pumamarca

At 06:00 am Early pick up from your hotels, private vehicle for 25 minutes to Tambomachay located at 3700 masl. (for our mid day we have a 8 Km of moderate walk with a gradual climbing of 450 meters ; 4-5 Hrs till the lunch place) we start our hike walking at the ancient Inca Trail used by Inca people to connect with the Sacred Valley, Pisac and probably to Machupicchu at the XV century. From this point you can observe panoramic views of Cusco traditional neiborhoods as Santa Ana, Santiago, Puquinetc, and the Valley of Qorao, at this high Andean level we observe llamas and alpacas eating the andean grass named Ichu, small cactus and some bromelias bushes locally known as Puyas. At the left side on the path we can see ancient Incas terraces used by farmers in order to gain more potatoes farmings areas, A gentle walking down to the trail as it curves sharply up-hill to reach a pass of near 4180 meters. Then we descend along the trail, you will see a beautifully green valleys stretching out as far as the eye can see, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see the beautiful Lake Qoricocha (Golden Lake in Quechua) where we descend for 20 minutes to find our lunch spot , free time to rest.

After lunch and time for rest , we continue another 300 meter to climb in 3 Hrs walk in a normal pace to reach the highest point 4380 masl, from this top it is easy to see Chincheros and the lake of Piuray and some snow sacred mountains as Salcantay, Veronica, (2 passes) then a 1.5 Hrs downhill walk to Pucamamarca our camping place. Here, we set up camp and enjoy our supper underneath the great starry sky. This community is located at 3,980 masl nearby there few houses that belong to the farmers. (8- 9 horas 16 kilometers of moderate walk).

Lunch Dinner

Camping 4010 masl

4350masl

3700masl

14 km

6-7 hours

Day 2: HuchuyQosqo, Taucca, Chincheros ,Ollanta and train to AguasCalientes, Machupicchu.

Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to HuchuyQosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through a narrow canyon to see a recently restored trail with wooden bridges and some steps, a lot of of native trees and bushes , a panoramic views of Lamay Valley and Calca, the sacred river of the Incas, Willcamayo ; the walk is one hour to reach the Inca site of HuchuyQosqo, recently restored by archaeolists, located at 3450 mals from this point it is clear to see many beautiful mountains as Chicon, Pitusiray, Sawasiray, Waccaywilca and Veronica ancient Apus so respected and venerated by the locals which most of them are Incas- Quechuas descendents. We have a guided tour for 1.5 hours to visit and explore this interesting Inca complex. HuchuyQosqo was originally an administrative and military center as Pisaq, with many constructions around, Inca buildings with perfect fine stones work, graneries structures called Collcas to store and preserve food, because it was an important agricultural center to produce corn. By 10:00 am we continue our hike for nearly 3-hours of gradually climb to Taucca Pass 4400 masl. After reaching the top we start our last gentle descend for 1 hour until our lunch place from here it is possible also to see the Piuray Lake.

After lunch our private vehicle will transport us to Chincheros then to Ollantaytambo, at 16:30 pm we board our train to AguasCalientes. 2 hours of spectacular train ride with amazing views at both sides of the valleys with impressive snow capped mountains, several Inca constructions can be seen from your windows and the Urubamba river near the train. After we arrive to AguasCalientes our guide will take you to our Hostel Viajeros where you are set for the night. There is an optional time to go to the hot springs to relax and good for muscles. At dinner time your guide will inform you all details about our plans for next morning to see Machupicchu and optimize your visit at this wonderful and marvel place found in 1911.
Please Note.- If some passenger get some altitude problems or found this hike very difficult, there is an option to walk down from HuchuyQosqo for 2 hours to Lamay in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and our vehicle will transport the group to Ollantaytambo to board a train to AguasCalientes.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Hostel Viajeros Aguas Calientes

4450masl

3900masl

12 kms

5-6 hours

Day 3: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Cusco

Early wake up at 04:00 am and after breakfast we need to wait at the Bus Terminal to get our bus. The first Bus to Machupicchu depart at 5:30am ( 8Hrs in Machupicchu)
After 30 minutes of bus ride we are at the entrance of Machupicchu ready for our guided visit, 3 hours guided tour with our expert tour guide ,he will show and walk with you throught the most remarkable sectors areas, temples, residences, altars and he will offer a relevant history and archaeology informations.
After the guided tour you will have extra time to explore by yourself, going to the sun gate “Inti-Punku”, or walking to the Inca Bridge.
By 14:30 pm we board a bus down to Aguas Calientes to Viajeros Hostel for our Lunch.
At 16.45 pm we board our train return to Poroy train station ( 25 minute near Cusco). Private transport to Cusco (end of our service at Plaza Regocijo or San Francisco), return time at 21.00 Hrs approx
In high season sometimes we offer theTrain to Ollantaytambo and private transport to Cusco, return time at 21.00 Hrs approx .

Breakfast Lunch

What is Included:

  • Collection from your hotels at approx 05:45 am
  • Transfer in private vehicle to Tambomachay (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 people per tents (tents are comfortable and spacious)
  • Comfortable roll mattres
  • Experienced english speaking guide
  • Meal: 2 lunch 1 dinner 1 breakfast
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Meals: 2 Breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • 6 Kg personal porterage for your items (Duffle bag provided by SAS)
  • Emergency horse
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottle (and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead)
  • Private vehicle form Taucca or Lamay to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to AguasCalientes (Vistadome or Expedition)
  • Reception at AguasCalientes and transfer to the Hostel
  • Accommodation in Double private room
  • Early bus up to Machupicchu from AguasCalientes
  • Admission fee for Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu on Day 3 and free time
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to AguasCalientes
  • Expedition Train return to Cusco or Train to Ollanta and bus to Cusco
  • Transfer to your hotel.

What is not Included:

  • Sleeping bag (you can hire for US$10)
  • Breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 3
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Tips for your staff are not mandatory.

We recommend that you bring

  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Insect repellent, minimum recommended 20% DEET
  • Sun bloc.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
  • What is included in the price of the tour?
  • Collection from your hotels at approx 05:45 am
  • Transfer in private vehicle to Tambomachay (starting point of the trek)
  • 2 people per tents (tents are comfortable and spacious)
  • Comfortable roll mattres
  • Experienced english speaking guide
  • Meal: 2 lunch 1 dinner 1 breakfast
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen tank
  • Chef and cooking equipment and kitchen tent
  • Meals: 2 Breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
  • 6 Kg personal porterage for your items (Duffle bag provided by SAS)
  • Emergency horse
  • Hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes
  • Boiled water to fill in your bottle (and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead)
  • Private vehicle form Taucca or Lamay to Ollantaytambo
  • Train from Ollantaytambo to AguasCalientes (Vistadome or Expedition)
  • Reception at AguasCalientes and transfer to the Hostel
  • Accommodation in Double private room
  • Early bus up to Machupicchu from AguasCalientes
  • Admission fee for Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu on Day 3 and free time
  • Bus down from Machupicchu to AguasCalientes
  • Expedition Train return to Cusco or Train to Ollanta and bus to Cusco
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • 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 the 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 CalleMeloc or Hotel Niños 2 in CalleFierro, please wait for your bus at 6:10 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 (CalleGarcilaso 265- Tèl: 257819), which is right next door to our main SAS 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?
  • A backpack with a change of clothes for the whole period of the trek
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
  • Strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
  • Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, muesli, etc.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera, film and batteries (batteries consume more quickly under cold conditions)
  • Hat to protect you from the sun, rain and cold
  • Insect repellent, minimum recommended 20% DEET
  • Sun bloc.
  • I don`t have a good sleeping bag.Can I rent one?
  • YES you can just organise it at the time of booking or before you arrive to Cusco
  • Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius US $ 15
  • 45 Lts Backpack $ 20
  • A pair of trekking poles $ 20
  • Will I need any extra money?
  • YES, so that you can take part in options such as the natural hot springs in AguasCalientes (10 soles),. 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. Average 6-12 During low season the groups are more likely to be small and during high season the groups will likely be full.
  • When a group goes over max, we will break it into 2 groups who may travel together but have separate guides, cooks etc.
  • Should I hire an extra porter?
  • Even though we include 6 kilos of porterage service for you for ítems such as your sleeping bag and sleeping mat and a few extra clothes, if you think you will need more assistance you can request a further 3kilos for an extra $20...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), 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.
  • It is best to put everything up to 12 kgs if you are a couple or 2 for the mule so that you don’t have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We provide you with a duffel bag to use. After breakfast on day 2 the trek crew 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 HUCHUY QOSQO Trek + Machupucchu 3 Day?
  • 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 HUCHUY QOSQO Trek 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 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.
  • How long will I be walking every day?
  • How long is the trail? 42 Km
  • This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
  • Day 1 Distance Travelled: 14 km approx Approximate Walking Time: 6 - 7 Hours
  • Day 2 Distance Travelled: 10 km approx Approximate Walking Time: 6 - Hours
  • Day 3 Machupicchu
  • If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. If you paid confirmed your trek too late for a Huayna Picchu Permit the we will have organised the Machu Picchu mountain permit for you.
  • Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the HuchuyQosqo 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 before the trek. 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 HuchuyQosqoTrek is 4180m on the 2nd day
  • 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. 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 can join the group again on the 2nd afternoon for the train to AguasCalientes 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 3rd 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, BeafLomoSaltado 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. At night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle in the 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 and ask the guide where better water areas are located.
  • You will be able to buy water from afternoon of Day 2 and of course at Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.
  • Are there bathrooms along the way?
  • Along the trail there is only a simple toilet in the camp site but better toilet option at the Huchy Qosqo site. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to the campsite where the staff will pack it up and take it out. Leave no trace! Please do not litter.
  • Is it OK to bring toddlers on the trail?
  • If you are thinking of bringing any small children with you, we highly recommend arranging 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 little 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?
  • The trail will have more episodes of stormy weather during the rainy season. It could happen at any time of the year and although we wouldn`t say that February is a great trekking season..theHuchuyQosqo trek is possible even though the Inca trail is closed. 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 2 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 -6 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 8 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 2 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 second day lunch at Taucca since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.
  • Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook,
  • 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 AguasCalientes and Machupicchu. We therefore recommend that you also tip the assistant guide at the lunch time on the 3rd day in Yanahuara. 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 AguasCalientes 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)
  • Included in the price is the Huaynapicchu permit.
  • For many high season dates June, July, Aug you need to book about 1-2 months in advance to guarantee the Huaynapicchu Ticket since there is limited availability. For people who book at last minute there may not be any Huaynapicchu permits left and so we can buy the Machu Picchu mountain permit instead
  • If you have a ISIC card you must scan it through at the time of booking otherwise expect the adult price.
  • The trail to HuaynaPicchu is safe is about an hour and a half round trip.
  • How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu? How I will I get down to AguasCalientes?
  • 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 AguasCalientes 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 AguasCalientes is named). We therefore try to reserve a late afternoon train around 4.45pm 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 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
  • Can I pay for the entire tour up front?
  • Usually we only charge the deposit of your tour to the card 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’sCheques 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 evoidoverexertion, 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.
  • 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

  • Terms & Conditions
  • SAS Travel Cusco Perú – CONDITIONS Huchuy Qosqo Trek + Machu Picchu 3 Days
  • 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS -MINIMUM 2 person.
  • Price varies according to number of passengers confirmed.
  • 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 the trek goes to 4300 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. FINAL PAYMENT: The remaining balance needs to be paid at your arrival to Cusco in US$ Dollars cash (Exchange rate 2.90 Soles for US$1). or Travelers' cheques with 3% only at our Office.
  • Payments with credit / debit cards need to be made 2 weeks prior to the Inca Trail and only accepted with the commission of 5% included. You should contact us 2 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.
  • If you prefer not to use the online system you can skype sas.travel and we can do a manual payment for you quickly and easily. Or you can use Western Union.
  • 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 carry the valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the trail to Machu Picchu with you or pay the further US$20 at the control.
  • 5. 6 kilos porterage is included for your sleeping bag and mat. If you require more than 6 kilos please let us know well in advance.
  • 6. Included: Huaynapicchu permit but For many high season dates June, July, Aug you need to book about 1-2 months in advance to guarantee the Huaynapicchu Ticket since there is limited availability. For people who book at last minute there may not be any Huaynapicchu permits left and so we can buy the Machu Picchu mountain permit instead
  • If you have a ISIC card you must scan it through at the time of booking otherwise expect the adult price.
  • Cancelation :
  • 7. a Cancelation of tour once you have booked and paid incurs a loss of the $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.
  • IMPORTANT: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip to all hotel accommodations. If you are a Peruvian Resident or hold a “carnet de extranjeria” or your Tam has expired, ie your stay has exceded 60 days…. the 18% tax will have to be charged by the hotel according to the Peruvian government law. So please take every caution to not lose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office with your passport for your checkin.
  • 8. Change of dates without additional fee, is only possible up to at least 1 month before departure date and only if the group is still left with more than a 6 people as group price minimum and Huayna Picchu entrances and train tickets have not been finalised.
  • Change of dates outside these stipulations in point 6, will incur a further charge of between US$60 -$80 if changing to a group departure date .
  • 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. 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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