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!
US$ 395.00 (Promotional Student´s rate)
. PRIVATE TOUR : (Daily Departures)
2 person US$ 690.00 p/person
3-4 person US$ 495.00 p/person
5-6 person US$ 460.00 p/person
7-9 person US$ 425.00 p/person
. If your desire is to make a small group and not go on a private group send us the dates you are interested in so we can gather more people and make a small group.
Cachora, Choquequirao, San Ignacio, Huanipaca, Conoq hot springs, Cusco. Awesome scenery and panoramic landscapes from high altitude jungle. For Experienced trekkers.- We offer the 8 Days Choquequirao and Machupicchu trek connecting Salkantay mountains and ending in Patallaqta ruins, then Hidroelectrica and finally in Aguas Calientes and next morning very early we climb for one hour to Machupicchu to explore and discover it, later on we climb to Huayna Picchu.
Include hot springs pools in Aguas Calientes after 7 days hiking, full day to explore Machupicchu with your expert tour guide and still big chance to climb to the famous 300 meter mountain Huayna Picchu from Machupicchu.
Is it for me?
A Machu Picchu without the crowds, without the vendors, without the long lines of buses snaking through the Peruvian countryside exists- and it’s called Choquequirao. Ethan Todras-Whitehall -New york times.
Moderate to Strenuous, for trekkers with some experience in grade 4 treks but no risks of altitude problems, good physical condition is required.
Night before your hike at 7:00 pm at our Cusco office. Meet your guide and recieve any rental equipment at this time.
Private van to Cachora and return from Huanipaca 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.
Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N - Group or Private Service.
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. For high season (May to October, 6-5 months in advance.) See on Step 1: AVAILABILITY Low season (November to April, 4-3 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:Western Union to Mr: Irwin Jesus POMA FLORES (Peru) OR
Pay a booking deposit ONLINE on Step 3: TO PAY ONLINE with Master Card US$ 210.00 p/person. (US$ 200.00 plus 5% card fee).
Book and pay as soon as possible to avoid disappointments.
We generally run this trek as private due it not being so well known yet .. For dates where you are the first to book and so we can`t guarantee the group price of US$ 445.00 at that moment, if the final number of passengers is just 2 persons where the price is US$ 690.00 each or 3 persons where the price is US$495.00 each then we include the night before the trek in hotel Marqueses as free to compensate the higher rate for small group. If you request a private group of just 2-3 persons this does not apply.
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
This is an awesome trek to appreciate beautiful landscapes and mountains, remotes old villages held in the past century by hacendados, very special Inca town built on top of the hills by the Chachapoyas mitimaes to honor the great Pachacutec, but overall is not a crowded as other destination for trekkers.
Choquequirao, The other Machupicchu means "Cradle of Gold" in Quechua "Inca´s language", although this is probably not its original name. It is another "Lost City of the Incas" rediscovered officially late in 20th century located high on a ridge spur almost 1750mts above the raging glacier-fed Apurimac River and surrounded by towering Salkantay and Humantay snow-capped peaks.
Choquequirao was build during the last days of the Inca empire in the government of the Inca Pachacutec 1490, by Tupac Inca Yapanqui, and probably after the Spanish invasion in 1532. Almost 40 years the Inca's held stand against the spanish conquerors (between 1536 - 1572). The construction of the different levels of temples, palaces, canals and aqueducts is really fantastic. "Choquequirao is the city which demonstrates the inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center. A city dedicated to worship the “Pachamama” the andean mother earth “the Apus” mountain gods and divinities, the river and the elements of nature." Choquequirao finally burned down and left deserted. This happened probably after the execution of the last Inca, Tupac Amaru I in 1572.
By this occasion, the plaster covering the walls, carbonized and disappeared for the most part. At the east side of the complex more then 110 terraces with houses and squares are being revealed. At the west side another 170 terraces are hidden and covered by the forest, in some of these terraces can be seen now an amazing in straight line white color llamas in symetrical order, Until now only 25% is put to overdraft and conserved. With this Choquequirao is the largest Inca-town of the continent and much larger then Macchu Pichu. For the first time in 1710 they mentioned the existence of Choquequirao. The first drawings of the structure of the ruins were made about 1836 by the Frenchmen Léonce Angrand and them by Eugine Sartigues.
We leave Cusco at 6:00 am in the morning for the 4 hour drive to Cachora in our private SAS transportation. On the way we will make a stop to enjoy our breakfast admiring the wonderful and amazing Limatambo Canyon, to the right the great Apu –Salkantay and Humantay Mountains, then we will continue to the little village of Cachora. After meeting our expedition support crew know as arrieros we arrange our equipment on mules / horses we will be ready to start a soft hike through this unknow mystery and very historically rich territory. It is a 3 hour hike to Capuliyoc (2915m) from where we have our first beautiful views of the Apurimac valley stretching below. As well as the snow-capped peaks of Padrayoc and Wayna Cachora. We then descend toward Coca Masana (2330m) where the climate becomes noticeably warmer and the flora and fauna begin to change. Essential to bring a high deet mosquito repellent. Finally we arrive at Playa Rosalina (Rosalina Beach) at 1550m beside the raging “ The Speaker God “ Apurimac River, famous for Class 5 Rafting rapids. Here we will set up camp and spend the night. Your guide will introduce you to this amazing Inca land. Walking poles or wooden sticks are very highly recommended.
B L D
Camping 2 people per tents
3000 masl Capulichayoc
1500 masl Rosalina
7 - 8 Hours
Day 2: PLAYA ROSALINA, MARAMPATA, CHOQUEQUIRAO
After an early breakfast we will walk for approx 1 hour to arrive to Playa Rosalina near the Apurimac River (1500 m), where we will cross a typical holding bridge then a forest of cactus, agaves and exotic local fruit trees. Here we start a gentle 3-4 hours gradual climb of 1,400 meters from the shores of the Apurimac river to Marampata (2900m). Here we stop for lunch surround by this beautiful landscape. At the end of this path we will see for the first time, the archaeological complex of Choquequirao, easy walk for 2 hours to Choquequirao ruins (3035 m). On route you will also see a variety of plants and flowers. As soon as we arrive to this Inca complex we will visit the farming terraces of Paqchayoc and the house of the waterfall, then we will return to our camping set near Choquequirao. Second camping here where you can taste “cambric” a local cognac made from sugar cane.
B L D
Camping 2 people per tents
2800 masl Marampata
1500 masl Playa Rosalina
7- 8 Hours
Day 3: CHOQUEQUIRAO ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX : - Raqaypata or Playa Rosalina
Today is dedicated to exploring the incredible ruins of Choquequirao. Our guide will explain the history and importance of the site. After you will have free time to visit the many sectors of the complex. Late in the afternoon we will start the return trek and camp the night at Raqaypata.
B L D
Camp Raqaypata or Playa Rosalina
3200 masl Choquequirao
1500 masl Playa Rosalina
Day 4: Raqaypata - Coca Masana or Capulichayuc
After breakfast we continue our return trek with a steep descent towards the Apurimac River where we will stop and have lunch. In the afternoon we will climb for approximately 4 hours to our final campsite at Coca Masana.
B L D
Camping 2 people per tents
3000 masl Capulichayoc
7 - 8 Hours
Day 5: Coca Masana - Cachora - Cusco
After a 3 hour climb we reach Capuliyoc. From then on it is a fairly flat trail back to the village of Cachora. We will say goodbye to our arieros (horse guides) and take the bus back towards Cusco. We will stop at the archaeological site at Saihuite, a chance to rest and have lunch. A further 4 hours by bus bring us back to Cusco. After a luxurious hot shower it's time to enjoy a much deserved beer and a good meal
4 - 5 Hours
What is Included:
Private Transport to Cachora (the trailhead) and Return to Cusco
Excellent English speaking tour guides
Experienced Cook and assistant, mule herders
Horses/mules to transport camping equipment
Full 3 meals per day, tea time and snacks
2 person per tent (new, spacious and confortable igloo tents)
Dining tent , Kitchen tent
Entrance fees to the Archaeological Park
First aid kid.
What is not Included:
Personal porter 6 Kg US$ 50
Down sleeping bag US$ 20
A pair of trekking poles US$ 20
45 Lt back pack US$ 15
Tips for the crew, guide,cook, arrieros is a cusctom but not mandatory
SAS Travel provides a duffle bag to transport your belongings when
you hire a personal porter.
We recommend that you bring
Backpack & Daypack :
(if you hire personal porter SAS provide a duffle bag)
Clothes layers for variable temperature especially at night
T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a comfortable day walks
Flash light, head torch
Camera and extra batteries
Sunscreen / hat and sunglasses
Personal medical kit
Rain Gear: poncho/ a good rain jacket for wet season
Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
2 litre water bottle water purifying tablets optional
copy of your passport
Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc ( soles or dollars
Emergency money at least 200 extra soles:
Bathing clothes for the hot springs. Optional
Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions related to the 5 DAY CHOQUEKIRAO TREK Group Service with SAS Travel
A.- BEFORE YOU GO
B.- ON THE TREK
C.- BOOKINGS & RESERVATIONS
A. BEFORE YOU GO.-
What is included in the price of the tour?
This link shows all the inclusions and what is NOT included in the price of the tour? http://www.sastravelperu.com/english/program/391/choquequirao-trek-5d4n/
Where are the Departure points for our TREKS?
We depart from just near hotel Marqueses but we can pick you up from your various hotels as long as you give us clear contact details of your accomodation at your checkin in the cusco office.
We will confirm the pick up time and procedure at the “pre trek briefing” the night before you depart.
Where can I store my luggage while I am trekking?
On the trek/tour, you should only bring with you the things you really want/need and leave the rest of your things with us. SAS Travel offers Free luggage storage for all of our customers. If you have luggage that you wish to leave with us in Cusco then bring it to the meeting point on the morning of the departure. A SAS Travel Rep will take your things to be stored in the Hotel Marqueses (Calle Garcilaso 265- Tèl: 257819), which is right next door to our main SAS 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:
YES you can just organise it at the time of booking or book directly in the office on your check-in
Down sleeping bag minus 8º Celcius US $ 20
45 Lts Backpack $ 20
A pair of trekking poles $ 20
Personal porter for 9 Kg $ 50
Personal porter for 18 Kg $100
How much does the sleeping mat and sleeping bag weigh?
sleepmat weight = 1 kg
sleeping bag weight = 2-2.5 kg
I am on my own, will I have someone to share a tent with? yes another person of the same sex or if you prefer you can pay a single supplement for a tent just for you. This is US$ 30 (For the entire trek )
Will I need any extra money?
YES, so that you can take part in options such as bottle water, cool drinks, tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs,
You should take at least 200 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 paramedical assistance and completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them are historians and archaeologists.
How many people will be in my group?
We require 5 person minimum for our group price trek of $395, indicated dates on web are open groups in which you are welcome to join, but you can open any date you like especially if you are happy to go with less than the minimum.
Should I hire an extra porter?
If you have not trekked before we would suggest your organise the extra porter especially as there is lots of up and down!. Unless you have hired an extra porter you will need to carry your own back pack, sleeping bag and the mattress and water for the day. 75% of our travellers hire the extra porter for 9 kilos. If you would like to have a porter carry your things, one can be hired for US $50 for every 9 kilos ( shared porter, each porter carries 18 Kg plus his gear) SAS provide a duffle porter bag at the briefing the night before your hike. You should bring only what you absolutely need/want on the trek, and store the rest of your belongings in Cusco (see the information on our Free Luggage Storage).
Even if you do hire a porter 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) and anything else you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.
It is best to put everything up to 18 kgs in one duffle bag if you are a couple or 2 for the porter so that you don’t have 2 large backpacks in your tent. We can provide you with a duffel bag to use. At the final lunch the staff will provide blue sacs to those who hired extra porters for transporting your belongings back to Cusco. Please return it to our main office in Cusco.
B. ON THE TREK.-
I am not really an experienced trekker? What if I can’t keep up? How difficult is the Trail?
Most people have that concern but don`t worry. Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early. 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.
Are Trekking poles really necessary?
Yes, 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 down it will help with your balance and reduce the impact on your knees.
How long will I be walking every day? How long is the trail?
This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
Day 1: 17 Km 7 - 8 Hours
Day 2: 17 Km 7 - 8 Hours
Day 3: 4 km 2-3 hours
Day 4: 15 Km 7 - 8 Hours
Day 5: 14 Km 4 - 5 Hours
Is altitude sickness common? not really as your highest point is only 3200meters so less than Cusco.
What if I am unable to finish the trail?
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due to health issues, SAS Travel will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged if available, at your own expense. (Travel Insurance is required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish the trek and you need to anticipate that evacuation by mule to trail head and then transport to Cusco may cost about $170 extra.
Can SAS Travel accommodate my dietary needs? What kind of food will there be?
Not to worry, SAS Travel is able to accommodate many types of dietary needs upon request at the time of booking. If you are a vegetarian, or cannot eat gluten or have allergies to certain foods, it will not be a problem. The meals of our chefs are one of the most popular parts of our tours too, and the quality will not be reduced when accommodating your dietary needs. The meals are served buffet style and you are able to choose what you would like to eat. Your guides will let you know what time the meals will be served.
Our cooks prepare excellent high-energy meals appropriate for a trek of this nature. The menu usually includes quinua, cereals and vegetable soups, Beaf Lomo Saltado with rice, chicken cacerole, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of oatmeal, eggs and other breakfast foods as scramble egg, quinua panqueques.
Will I need to bring water?
We recommend that you purchase a 1.5 – 2 litre bottle of water to take with you on the first day. Every night during the trek, we will boil water so you can refill the same bottle every morning before setting out. If you are planning to drink from any streams or waterfalls, we strongly suggest you bring water purification tablets or filters.
Also, you will be able to buy water along the way on Day 1,
Are there bathrooms along the way?
Along the trail there are several sites with toilets. Bring a roll of toilet paper. As far as other trash goes, please carry your own trash to each campsite where the porters will pack it up and take it out. Leave no trace! Please do not litter.
Is it OK to bring toddlers on the trail?
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. 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 very little possibility of a cancellation of a trek asthe differing costs ensure that thetrek can go ahead. In case of a general strike (no land transport is allowed to travel) there will be no cancellation but we may need to depart the night before or if acceptable to the group a day later or earlier.
Is the trail still good during the rainy season? Is it safe?
The trail is not recomended in Feb and March. You will need good rain gear and waterproof boots for Dec Jan April months.
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. We do not run the trek from Jan to April for this reason.
On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring/summer time, with bright and sunny skies, but still colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 25 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be approx 8-9 degrees Celsius.. This trek is more likely to feel humidity and heat than any others so be prepared to drink a lot more water and have an extra t shirt!
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 5-6 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 cook, 02 general assistants in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 2 arieros ( "horsemen")
If the group is 8 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 2 arierios.
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. Of course if people organise extra porters / arieros with mules for personal items there will be more staff to tip.
Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator & Horsemen: On the 5th morning at breakfast someone from the group is usually elected to collect the tips. Please remember to take plenty of small denomination bills in Peruvian Soles. We recommend that the cook should receive about 50% more than the other trekking staff. The money should be paid directly to each individual and not given to the guide, cook or representative of arieros.
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 40 and 50 soles ( US$ 12-15 ) to a “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and arieros. 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 Guide: We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between 25 and 35 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.
What time will I be back in Cusco?
approximately 7 pm depending on how long spent at hotsprings on last day.
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 because you do not need to worry about which dates we have departures set for or if our departures have enough space. Your only concern is whether or not there are permits available. You can choose almost any date that you want if permits are available.
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.
Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?
yes as long as it does not leave other reserved trekkers with less than a minimum group.
What if do not have my passport right now?
it is fine to just send your passport details after payment in the case of this trek.
Can I pay for the entire tour up front?
Usually we only charge the deposit of your Trail to the card (done without commission fee) to confirm your booking. This deposit and the details completed on your booking form are used as a guarantee for the balance and other tours. The balance is paid on your arrival to Cusco in cash. If you choose to pay with credit card you need to pay 5% commission. With Traveller’s Cheques there is a 3% commission.
The prices of the tours are for cash payment. You can withdraw US $ out of the ATMs, which there are plenty in Cusco.
If you like, some people prefer to pay the full balance by Western Union or Bank just before starting their travels to avoid carrying cash or spending time finalizing things when they arrive so let us know if you would prefer this.
The treks for the month of May 2012 have been affected due to a bridge collapse. We understand the hope is to have the bridge rebuilt for June but this is not guaranteed yet....
Good news !!
At this stage the only access to Choquequiraw archaeological site and complete this trek is crossing de 50 mt Apurimac river through a manual cable car (Oroya) called locally, installed by emergency until the bridge is totally repaired. Since we have programed groups hiking this trek from June (dry season) we are using this alternative to complete your trek also returning to Cachora (start village of the hike).
5 Day Choquequirao Trek is still relatively new and so it is more dificult to form groups but after people read this article by Brendan, we hope people will be more excited to try this.
Even though Brendan did this trek at the hardest time of the year during the terrible rains of the Jan Feb 2010 flood his article is actually brillant and we hope it inspires people so we can form groups of people to appreciate this jewel of Peru. http://www.theexpeditioner.com/2010
For dates where you are the first to book and so we can`t guarantee the group price of $395 at that moment, if the final number of passengers is just 2-3 persons where the price is $690 then we include the night before the trek in hotel Marqueses as free.... to compensate the higher rate for small group.
* If you request a private group of just 2-3 persons this does not apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend you to obtain a personal Travel Insurance, including Medical Problems, Baggage loss or damage. If you need help to find a travel Insurance Company please let us know. Eg, Nomad Travel Insurances.
Thank you for booking with SAS Travel.
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Choose the tour and departure date required, fill out your personal details on Step 2, then below fill out the details of your group in Traveling with: (Make sure your passports have 6 months validation on them before you enter to Peru). Once you have finalized your booking, you will receive a reservation code (purchase number) to be able to pay ONLINE with. (eg: 240611001). If you are booking for 2 or more people, you can pay with just one code for one transaction.Please note if the permits are soon to run out you are better to do a credit card deposit as this is a more immediate charge to ensure quick confirmation.
HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING DEPOSIT.- (USD$ 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: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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
SAS Travel Cusco Perú - CONDITIONS of 5 DAY CHOQUEKIRAO TREK
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS GROUP RATE MINIMUM 7 PAXS
1. You must advise SAS travel of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 65, then you will need to present us with a current medical certificate.
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. You must pay for your tour in full by 12:00 noon, 2 days before your departure.
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.
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. Unless you hire an extra porter / mule you need to carry your back pack and sleeping bag .
This is a long trek so could be very helpful.
5. Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum and you are changing to an establised departure date. Change of date has a fee of $25 .
Cancelation by Client:
7. a Cancelation of tour once you have booked and paid incurs a loss of the $100. non refundable deposit.
7. b. Cancelation of tour within 2 months and 1 month of departure incurs a loss of 40% of total tour cost...
7. c. Cancelation of tour within 1 month and 1 week of departure incurs a loss of 60% of total tour cost...
7. d. Cancelation of tour within 1 week - 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 75% of total tour cost...
7. e. Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of 85% of total tour cost...
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11.- Choquekirao trek is recommended in dry season. Unexpected rain can cause snow falls causing difficult trekking conditions and possibly closure of the pass. In the case of snow falls SAS can not be held accountable for the need to take an alternative route. You would also need good quality trekking boots and equipment to protect you against snow related conditions, cold and glare. In extreme cases when “Choquekirao trail” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 5 Day Salkantay Trail or 4 day Lares trek and your booking deposit money will be used for this or if you prefer an alternative tour such as 4 day lake Titicaca package or Jungle trip etc.to give you some of the many options.
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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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.