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!
Breathtaking being at 3800 meters as you walk from the wharf to the plaza of Taquile Island and then down 500 steps for the return. But worth it!
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.
Lake Titicaca situated on the shores of Puno, the highest navigable lake in the world. Home to the legendary Uros people, who live on the floating reed islands and the famous weavers of Taquile Island.
Travel to Puno is most popular by the good quality tourist bus services and and also flights from Arequipa, Lima and Cusco to Juliaca airport located 45 mins north of Puno.
If you need any assistance with getting to or from maybe our other packages including accomodation and or transport can assist or just contact us for more ideas!
Day 1: UROS islands and Taquile Island
Be ready from 6.45am for transfer from your hotel to the port and by motor boat we travel to one of the UROS islands where you can observe the lives of the people who live on floating reed islands some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 2 hr boat ride we reach Taquile island where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, after you purchase lunch we will return to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to hostel.
What is Included:
Group boat transport
entries to the Islands
guide in English
What is not Included:
extra drinks and snacks for the boat
tips for guide or boatdriver
We recommend that you bring
water and a snack for boat
money for souvenirs.
If you do not have accomodation in Puno please contact us as we can mae a special offer on a the beautiful Hotel Quelqatani for you.
This tour departs from Puno. Please make sure we have your full hotel contact details for Puno so we can pick you up from your hotel. Generally a representative from the Puno operator comes to your hotel on the evening before the trip to check on you and finalise transfer times for the following morning and to assist if you have any last minute queries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions related to the Uros & Taquile Islands 1 Full Day
A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
What is included in the price of the tour?
Transfer from and to your Hotel in Puno
Private van and boat Transport in tour, English speaking guide, Entry Tickets to the islands
What time is the pick up for the tour?
Due to the various Hotel pickup points transfers are between 6.40am and 7.00am
you would need to be ready from 6.40am but only call the contact on your voucher if noone has collected you by 7.10am
What should I pack?
Sturdy shoes, A small day pack, Camera, Water to drink, Sun block, Sun glasses, sun hat
Rain jacket in case, Money for souveneirs and drinks
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,
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?
as long as you take the time to acclimatize properly in Puno ie just rest on arrival you will probably just experience light effects but you are at 3800 meters and the walk on Taquile Island will find you puffing so take it slow
What kind of weather can I expect on the tour?
Very hot sun on boat ride so expect to get burnt out on deck unless you are covered with suncreen and hats as you don`t feel the burn due to the cool altitude breeze!
What time will I be back in Puno?
generally around 4 -5pm.
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 1.30pm. Cost $38 per person.
1.- There are daily departure 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 Islands 1 Full Day
Fill in with 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 Inca Trail Trek is not confirmed)
1.- Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions.
2.- ON-LINE Booking Deposit Payments only with a Visa card.- Make your payment of US$60 per person according to the directions on this page. This is the full cost of this tour so there is no balance to be paid. Please use your reservation code as Purchase Number .
Click on Step 3: To CONFIRM for Payment Options and follow the step by step directions shown there or in your email.
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3.- You should receive an email from Visa that confirms that your payment was successful. The subject will read Confirmacion de Compra but It must have an AUTHORIZATION CODE WITH 6 NUMBER / LETTERS ex. Authorization Code: L24276 you must IMMEDIATELY resend it to: email@example.com
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 Master Card and 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.
When you make your payment send your confirmation of payment to email@example.com and request a tour voucher at this time. This will be sent to your email for you to print off and use to reconfirm your tour.
Terms & Conditions
SAS TRAVEL CONDITIONS OF THE LAKE TITICACA Uros & Taquile Islands 1 Full Day 2011
1. You must reconfirm your tour 2 days before departure. As you have paid in full you need to request a tour voucher at the time of payment.
Please contact Javier at email
to request your itinerary and voucher for this tour specific to your dates and please send her the full contact details of the hotel you will be staying in Puno with telephone number as well.
2. 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.
3. 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 36 hours of departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost,
4. 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.