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.
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.
Thanks for an awesome trip SAS!
Liz HoffmannSeptember 2013
This has been one of the greatest experiences of my life!
Thank you SO much Robyn, the office staff and most of all Edward - the EXCELLENT guide and his associated cook and porters! (how did they do it!)
It was one of these experiences that could have gone SO wrong! The others booked on the trip were sick and so it was only me left to go- AND SAS RAN THE TRIP FOR one person!
I cant thank them enough for the experience.
On the trail Edward was so supportive and helpful. I had trouble with the altitude (which I hadnt anticipated) - without him I wouldnt be able to say "I did it!"
I learnt SO much about the Inca people and their beliefs- had so many encounters with the locals in villages and now have a mind full of marvelous pictures of great vistas and experiences. All the other reviews I have read tell of the passion of the guides for their culture and surroundings and I can only endorse this!
Thank you all SO much for such an experience - I include the staff of the Marqueses in this!
If anyone else is reading this and making up their mind to go - DO IT with SAS!
Amy HineSeptember 2013
Our trip was an unforgettable experience that was only heightened by the two wonderful guides (Ruben and Michael) that lead our tour! There was not a dull moment or a time when anyone in our group felt discouraged. The authentic and meaningful stories helped teach history along the way; the constant jokes and banter made us all laugh on a regular basis; and the patience and understanding for those in our group who were a little slower. Big shout out to Mike who spent every trek helping one of our group members make it up and down every step and encouraged her every time she needed a break. He was always happy and excited regardless if it was 9pm or 4am really made the whole trip more than an experience. Thanks to our guides for a completely perfect excursion!
If you are heading to Cusco we highly recommend Boutique Hotel Marqueses 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.
Inka Express VIP Class Bus service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco with english speaking guide and Lunch US$ 45 pp (Daily Departures at 07:00 am)
MER Bus from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cuscowith english speaking guide and Lunch US$40 pp (Daily Departures at 07:00 am)
TURPERU Bus from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco US$ 18 pp ( No guide no lunch) Daily Departures.
Recommendations to continue after your Puno experience:
- Flights from Juliaca (Puno) to Lima or Cusco with LAN, StarPeru or Peruvian.
- Puno`s airport is Juliaca town, located at 45 minutes drive.
- Continue to Copacabana, Sun´s Islands and La Paz Tour 2Day/1Night US$120 pp
- La Paz, Uyuni Salar in Bolivia 2 Nights/1 Day Tour US$ 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 Tour US$ 360 each plus US$ 25 Park fee. Please contact: email@example.com
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.
Between 7.40am and 8am 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 (4150 mtrs) 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.
rustic accomdation with family
Day 2: Taquile Island - Puno
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, After lunch we take the return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to your hotel approx 5-6 pm. End of service.
What is Included:
Group boat transport
entries to the Islands
guide in English
1night with a family on Amantani Island (Rustic accommodation /bedding and blankets supplied)
What is not Included:
extra drinks and snacks for the boat
tips for guide or boatdriver
We recommend that you bring
Warm clothing layers
Bottled water for the boat, money for snacks, souvenirs
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions related to the Uros, Taquile & Amantani 2 Day tour
A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
What is included in the price of the tour?
Transfer from and to your Hotel in Puno
Private Transport in tour
English speaking guide
Rustic Accommodation with a family on Amantani Island
Entry Tickets to the islands
What time is the pick up for the tour?
Due to the various Hotel pickup points transfers are between 7.40am and 8.00am
you would need to be ready from 7.40am but call the contact on your voucher if noone has collected you by 8.10am.
What should I pack?
Warm clothes for the night and early morning.
A small day pack
Camera and recharger
Water to drink
Rain jacket in case
Sun glasses, sun hat
Money for souveneirs and drinks
Travel towel, sandals
Flash light, batteries
Will I need any extra money?
YES, so that you can buy some beatuiful souvenirs to support the local people if you like, snacks and bottled water, drinks are available on the island or before boarding the boat
tips optional for guide / driver,
You should take at least 200 soles as emergency money that hopefully you will not need.
Do the guides speak English? Yes they are Peruvian but Bilingual Spanish and English and often other languages as well to some extent.
How many people will be in my group?
Generally between 15 and 24.
B. ON THE TOUR.-
Is altitude sickness common?
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 but as the first day you stop at 4200 meters on the walk on Amantani Island in you will most likely feel the altitude at that time if not before on the walk to your family lodging !!
What kind of weather can I expect on the tour?
Temperatures? At night in Amantani are usually not as cold as Puno around 1-2 degrees Celsius in cold season,
What time will I be back in Puno?
generally around 4-4.30pm.
Some of our travellers request a way to get to Chivay from Puno without going through Arequipa as they do not have enough time.
this can be organised as there is a Tourist Bus from Puno to Chivay with 4M EXPRESS, leaves at 6.30am and arrives in Chivay aprox ?pm. Cost $38 per person.
I am wanting to travel on from Puno to Bolivia to do the trip to Salar de Uyuni. Can you recommend anyone ?
Alex Teran from TurismoBolivia is a good friend of and he can organize a great trip to Salar de Uyuni and other parts of Bolivia. http://www.turismoboliviaperu.com
Just contact him and mention you are client from SAS in Peru.
■1.- There are daily departures but if you are booking at the last minute or in conjunction with another tour best to email firstname.lastname@example.org
to advise you are registering this tour online. They will respond within 12 hours then to confirm everything.
■2.- Click on: To REGISTER Choose the Program: Uros,Taquile & Amantani 2 Day
■Fill in complete personal details of each person in separate reservations and this information will come on screen.
■3.- Please check your email immediately for full details of your reservation, a copy of the Conditions and payment instructions and your personal reservation code ( purchase number 9 digits) to use when confirming your payment will automatically be sent to the email you used.
HOW TO CONFIRM YOUR TOUR
■(Without a down payment your tour is not confirmed)
■1.- Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions.
■2.- Payment through Western Union of US$65 per person cash or ON-LINE Booking Deposit Payments are possible with a Visa card or a mastercard but you need to add a 5% commission for all credit card payments.
If you already have another tour booked with us you can just pay a 50% deposit by credit card. ie $32.50 + 5% = $34 and then the balance $32.50 cash in Cusco or Puno.
- Make your payment according to the directions on this page. http://www.sastravelperu.com/bookings/confirm.php
Please use your reservation code as Purchase Number.
■3.- You should receive an email from the corresponding payment company Mastercard or visa that confirms that your payment was successful.
. The subject will read Resultado del proceso pago but It must have an AUTHORIZATION CODE WITH 6 NUMBER / LETTERS ex. Authorization Code: L24276.
Please not a confirmation of successful payment is not a confirmation from SAS travel. You should IMMEDIATELY resend it to: email@example.com who will finalise your booking and organize full confirmation for all in your travelling party.
■4.- Check carefully that it does not say "incorrect cardholder" or "operation denied" as this means the payment was not successful. If the payment is urgent then ring us on Tel:+51 84 249194 or and give us the details over the phone for us to try and assist you quickly.
■5.- If the payment has not gone through and is not urgent... send it to us anyway but indicate that it was unsuccessful and try again rechecking each instruction. We will contact you with options until all is finalised.
■Booking payments with American Express.- Please send us by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org an scanned copy of a BOOKING FORM with all details requested,
■If you are more than 2 person booking please send us one booking form that will guarantee all of you booking in the same group.
Terms & Conditions
SAS TRAVEL CONDITIONS OF THE LAKE TITICACA 2 DAY TOUR 2010
1. You must pay for your tour in full by 12:00 noon 1 day before departure.
We have a representative in Puno and Arequipa where you can pay your balance if not passing through Cusco first.
2. 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 3.0 soles = US$1 You can withdraw US$ or soles from the many ATM machines.
3. 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, 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 with no charge.
Please ensure you recieve a confirmation of change within the same day.
If this change is requested less than 2 days before the tour an administration charge
of $5 per person would need to be paid.
6. Cancelation of tour more than 3 weeks before departure incurs a loss of 10% of total tour cost Cancelation of tour within 3 weeks to 7 days before departure incurs a loss of 30% of total tour cost
Cancelation of tour within 7 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,
7. In the case of Cancelation you are provided with a document to certify illness and present for your travel insurance claim.
8. If you are not going to Cusco before arriving to Puno for this tour please ensure you provide us with a hotel contact for Puno 1 week in advance. If you are unable to pay for the tour to our Rep in Puno or Arequipa in advance let us know as we will need to charge the full cost to your credit card plus the small commission so we can send you your vouchers ahead of time by email.
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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.