La vía peatonal más famosa de América.
43 kilómetros de bosques, niebla y llamas.
Escalones de piedra milenarios y vistas majestuosas.
Al final, una recompensa incomparable: Machu Picchu
El Pais. España –Viajes. Lonely-Planet.
We finished our trip in South America the best experience was Peru specially the Inca Trail to Machupicchu city it is a big challenge, the team: porters,coordinator, cook and the amazing guides, Hilbert made this adventure an unforgettable experience I will recommend this company SAS travel to all my friends.Thanks...Peru country is a Paradise.
The survivers from Canada - no gain, no pain
PHILLIP FARRELLYDecember 2013
Thanks for a wondeful adventure in the mountains I learnt the Mother Earth(Pachamama) and the Sacred Mountains (Apus) are very important. The andean people (porters,cook,coordinator) are hard workers, all my respect...we had 4 wondeful days , the Inca trail is a fantastic experience...One more time...THANKS Hilbert and Jose
Thomas & Odile JutteOctober 2013
SAS Travel organized our Sunrise tour of Machu Picchu, and also a classic tour of Colca Canyon from Arequipa. All went well and we had a great time. We were picked up at our hotel on time, our guides were very informative and did a great job taking care of the group. The hotel in Aguascalientes was basic but we did not mind since we spent such a short time in it. The food was good. We had plenty of time for pictures, and exploring on our own in MP. We highly recommend SAS Travel, and we thank them for a memorable experience in Peru.
Christine ShoemakerOctober 2013
This has been one of the most tough yet exhilarating adventures I have experienced. I am not a very experienced hiker but fit for my young (51 years) age.
The scenery and archaeological site visits where worth every step. It was amazing.
The physical effort was sometimes demanding but the food provided in the rest breaks was perfect ; delicious, nutritious and plentiful.
The team who supported us - Guide, Chef and assistants, and horseman, where just incredible, thoughtful and so well organised.
We had a person on our team who was challenged with Soroche/ Altitude Sickness and the Guide supported and cared for him in an experienced and considerate manner. Fortunately this trekker managed to continued safely and enjoy completing the adventure.
Thank you for organising such an incredible adventure that gave mean opportunity to discover more of beautiful Peru and more about me!
With much appreciation, Chris
Elise UsunierOctober 2013
Finished the 4D/3N Lares Trek last night and can barely even find words for how amazing it was. This trek has been the most exciting portion of my travels through Peru thus far as an ESL teacher, and I want to motivate anyone who may be apprehensive towards booking it to just DO IT!
I could clearly see where every dollar went and it was worth every penny.
Our guide, Christian, was incredibly knowledgeable, hilarious, and caring. Our chef, Ricardo, made the most fantastic meals I have had in Peru, and we were lucky to have them both on our trip. The porters paid attention to every detail, and went as far as rolling up our sleeping bags for us while we were haing breakfast, and setting up our tents comfortably before even arriving to our camp destinations.
Macchu Picchu of course was breathtaking, and the tour was incredibly inspiring and informational. The trek itself was challenging and fun, though TOUGH at some parts. If I can offer some advice, acclimatize for 3 days at least before beginning this trek.
Once again, book with SAS. I can confidently say that I will book my future endeavors with them and will recommend to all of my friends and family to do the same.
At 07:00 am please be ready at your hotel in Cusco for your transfer to Bus terminal.
US$ 220.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
The lifestyle of the Aymara is one where men, women and children live without the superficial trappings of western civilisation. Working in unison with the land, lake, family and neighbors. Here, to be lazy is a sin. People will constantly be working their fields, women attending to daily chores and dressed in the most beautiful traditional garments, the men will be walking the trails drop spinning or knitting intricate patterns into their world famous woven garments. Each tells a story and you will be fascinated by each while you eat probably the best trout you have ever tasted on Taquile Island before returning to Puno!
Is it for me?
We would suggest you don´t need to backtrack to Cusco unless you have further tours departing from there or a flight.
If you have not already organised flight from Cusco to Lima then you can fly from Juliaca (Puno) to Lima without backtracking
Tour Bus transport to Puno with English speaking guide, motor boat for Islands tours
If you are heading to Cusco 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.
Titicaca Lake Islands Puno 3 Days / 2 Nights from Cusco.
Last Minute Information
DAILY DEPARTURES !!!Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $40 Family Deals: Family of 4 with children 11 years or under children pay $90 per child. Use family room for Puno. Also family receives discount on additional accomodation in Hotel Marqueses Cusco. Family room for 4 receive 25% discount in months Nov to May.Children under 3 years who do not occupy a seat in bus transport or boat transport and do not require a separate bed to parents travel free. Meals not included.
Ask for our tours in Copacabana, sun Island, Tiwanaco and Uyuni Salar.
Day 1: Cusco - Puno
Approx at 6:20 am Transfer from your Hotel in Cusco to the Bus Station to travel by the Inka Express VIP service Tourist Bus to Puno. Accompanied by an English speaking Guide for tours of 3 sites along the way; Andahuaylillas, Raqchi and Puka Pukara with spectacular views. (entrance to 3 sites not included = total 25 Soles, if you have enough with Inca sites, you can just stay on the bus). Buffet Lunch with vegetarian option is included near Sicuani town. Arrival around 5:00 pm.
Reception and transfer to your Hotel in Puno. Accommodation on Double or Triple Basis, Private Bathroom and Breakfast. Hotel Qalasaya. Short evening briefing for any last minute queries.
Hotel Puno **** Qalasaya
10 Hours including guided tours and buffet lunch with Tour Bus
Day 2: Islands Tour - Lake Titicaca
Floating Islands tour of Lake Titicaca. 7:00 am. Transfer from the Hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani Island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4,150 m) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family.
Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Rustic accommodation blankets supplied
Day 3: Taquile Islands - Puno
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile Island, where we will walk to the main plaza and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, After lunch we take the stairs down for our return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to Hotel approx 4-5 pm.
Approx 8:30 pm transfer to the Bus terminal for direct Bus to Cusco.
Arrival in Cusco approximately 4.30am but thsi can be earlier or later depending on trafic and other issues so transfer is not included from here.
It is recommended that you only use Authorised taxis within the Cusco bus terminal. a security guard or terminal staff early in the morning can assist with this if before 5am
End of our service (Transfer from the terminal not included)
Dinner not Included End of our service.
Breakfast - Lunch
Hotel Puno *** Qalasaya
What is Included:
-Transfer at 07:00 am from your Hotel in Cusco to Bus Terminal.
-Guided tour enroute to Raqchi, Andahuaylillas, Pucara.
-Buffet Lunch in Sicuani,
-Reception and transfer to Hotel Qalasaya in Puno.
-1 night at Hotel Qalasaya (4 stars hotel at centre of Puno)
(Double or Triple Private accommodation, Buffet Breakfast)
-1 night with a family lodging on Amantani Island
(Rustic accommodation blankets supplied)
- Touristic shared boat transport.
- Entries fees to the Islands.
- Tour guide in English, guided tours at the islands.
- Meals 2 Lunch 1 Dinner
- direct overnight bus to Cusco
What is not Included:
-Entrance to 3 tour sites on Inka Express journey to Puno US$8
(Those tours are totaly optional to visit)
-Dinner on Day 1 and Day 3 in Puno.
-Drinks or water not included with meals.
-Tips for your guide and driver are not mandatory.
-Transfer at your return from Puno.
We recommend that you bring
Warm clothing, torch, sun screen/hat, water for the boat, money for snacks, bottled water, souvenirs. It is great to take some fresh fruit or some pens, notebooks etc for the children of the families.
-Please avoid lollies /sweets. They really appreciate oranges and other fruit as it is impossible to grow on the islands in these altitudes.... and it will save their teeth and their environment.
Price per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement is $40
To avoid backtracking from Cusco to Puno and then back to Cusco.
This package can be organised if you have a flight from Lima to Juliaca (Puno) Airport ( which is 45 minutes drive from Puno) we can organise to pick you up from the Juliaca Airport and package from there.
See Titicaca Lake Islands Puno 4 Day Tour starting from Juliaca Airport.
DAILY DEPARTURES !! You must book and pay a deposit well in advance. For high season (May to October, 5-2 months in advance.) Book ONLINE on Step 2: BOOKINGS Get a Code (Purchase Number) and pay a booking deposit of US$ 200.00 p/person with: XOOM (Global Money Transfer) OR through Western Union to Mr: Irwin Jesus POMA FLORES (Peru) OR
Pay a booking deposit ONLINE on Step 3: TO PAY with Master Card US$ 210.00 p/person.
TITICACA LAKE & FLOATING ISLAND TOUR 3 Days / 2 Nights Ending in Cusco.
Cusco, Puno, Uros, Taquile & Amantani Islands. Package Includes tourist transport from Cusco to Puno with a guided tour and lunch. 1 Overnight in Hotel Qalasaya (4 Start Hotel) in Puno Visit to a few of the 49 floating Uros Islands constructed with reeds before travelling on to Amantani Island.Here you will spend a night in the home of a family on the Amantani Island, where Aymara, is the language so don`t worry if you don`t speak Spanish! (the guide also stays on the Island and ecoturism has forced the people to learn some english but they seem to understand all your needs so don`t worry).
At 3800 meters above sea level, just walking from the shore to the home of your host is breathtaking ! You will be reassured just to go at your own pace and your "mama" will wait for you, but she will always be at least a few steps in front! After a late lunch, you may dare to play a few minutes of football before you feel like you only have one lung and then it is optional to walk to the top of a hill to the temple of Mamapacha (the mother earth) to watch the sun set below the lake. Again at you own pace and obvious path so you may choose to skip the football and start in advance so you actually get there before sunset! Followed by a cultural night of fun before walking back "home".
Next morning visit to Taquile Island for the beautiful culture of the famous weavers and a trout lunch to remember before heading back to Puno.
Overnight direct bus back to Cusco arriving early morning approximately at 04.30 am
Frequently Asked Questions
Recommendations to continue after your Puno experience:
- Flight to Lima or Cusco with LAN from Juliaca, Puno`s airport (45 minutes near) .
- Continue to Copacabana, Sun´s Islands and La Paz 2Day/1Night tour US$120 each
- La Paz, Uyuni Salar in Bolivia 2 Nights/1 Day US$ 145 each
(Train cementery, the salt house, Pescado Island)
- Puno to La Paz bus, continue at 09:00 pm 5 Day Tour La Paz to Uyuni Salar
(Train cementery, the salt house, Pescado Island, Green & Red Lakes, Gaissers) end
at San Pedro de Atacama in Chile. US$ 245 each + $ 25 Park fee.
- Puno, Copacabana, Sun´s Islands, La Paz,Uyuni Salar 6 Day US$ 360 each + $ 25
Park fee. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: This package can be put together with a flight from Puno to Lima or Arequipa departing from Juliaca Airport (45mins from Puno) Currently there are flights every day so no need to return to Cusco. Direct flight from Puno to Lima takes approx 1.55 mins and Puno to Arequipa takes approx 40 mins.
If you have any further queries or want information on special offers of hotels in Cusco / Hotel upgrades in Puno or putting the tour together with the Andean Explorer train to Puno, please feel free to contact us.
First.- Before you book a tour we urge you to read all the information, descriptions, general details, booking conditions and tour notes.
Step 2.- Select a tour and complete your personal details.(Registration is personal) If you are travelling as a couple, or with more persons you must book together and pay your booking deposit with one reservation code. But please complete details of your companion or group on lines below: Travelling with: (Please write Full names, Passport number, Age and Nationality). Once you finish sending us all your details you will receive a Reservation Code (eg: 240611001). Then you just need to pay a booking deposit, pay for 2 or more person in your group with 1 reservation code so we can secure all of you in a same group together.
Step 3.1- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT with WESTERN UNION: US$ 200.00 per person through in order to: Irwin Poma Flores DNI 46612452 (SAS Travel, Cusco PERU) Upon transferring the money email us the Money Transfer Number (MTCN) copy of your reservation and amount paid to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your deposit. We will confirm your reservation on the same day.
Step 3.2- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT ONLINE with MASTER CARD .- US$ 210.00 per person. (US$ 200.00 plus 5% card charge.) As soon as we receive your deposit we will send you a final confirmation. (Paying with VISA card Visa card holders must be Affiliated to Visa Verified.) Check carefully after you `ve paid Online that it does not say "incorrect cardholder" or "operation denied" as this means the payment was not successful. Then Skype us **sas.travel.info or ring us on Tel: +051 84 261920 and give us the details over the phone for us to try and assist you quickly and confirm your reservation. If you don`t receive your Confirmation within 24 hours please send us an email to email@example.com
FINAL PAYMENT: The remaining balance needs to be paid 7-2 days prior your tour in US$ Dollars cash or Peruvian soles (Exchange rate 2.90 Soles for US$1). Payments with credit / debit cards are accepted with a commission of 5%, Travelers' cheques with 3% only at our Office in Cusco.
Final payments of your tour IN ADVANCE with card it is possible, it will be with 5% extra or you can transfer the balance through Western Union under the same name.
Terms & Conditions
SAS TRAVEL TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THE LAKE TITICACA TOUR PACKAGE.
1. You must pay for your tour in full 7- 2 days before your departure.
2. Cost of tour is based on double occupancy
3. Payment of your balance in the Cusco SAS office is requested in cash. US $ is easier but if you choose to pay in soles the rate charged is generally 2.90 soles = US$1
You can withdraw US$ or soles from the many ATM machines. Generally more economic on debit cards.
When paying the balance in Cusco, there will be a * 3% comission if you choose to use travellers cheques and a 5% comission for use of credit card.
4. 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 5% commission.
5. Change of dates up to 5 days before departure is possible if there is availablity in the bus and accomodation for an alternative date but if this change is requested less than 4 days before the tour an administration charge of $10 per person would need to be paid.
6. Cancelation of tour before bookings and tickets finalised incurrs only 10% fee in high season this is generally before 1 month in advance of departure.
Cancelation of tour within 1 month to 7 days before departure incurs a loss of 20% of total tour cost
Cancelation of tour within 10 days - 1day before departure incurs a loss of 50% of total tour cost,
Cancelation of tour within 1day of departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost, but you are provided with discounted accomodation in Cusco at Hotel Marqueses to assist as we assume cancelation at this stage is due to illness.
7. In the case of Cancelation you are provided with a document to certify illness and present for your travel insurance claim.
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SAS Travel is supporting many of the community projects run by Hotel Marqueses: Eg. "Walk a Mile in my shoes", "Wawa-Wasi", "Shoes shiners boys" If you are coming to Cusco please make a space for a couple of second hand clothes, shoes especially for kids, school equipment, toys and drop them off in our office. We will help distribute the items to people who really need them in small village schools and communities in the mountains of Lares.