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.
DAILY DEPARTURES..UPON YOUR REQUEST:
Based on 2 persons US$ 345
Based on 3-5 persons $ 310
Based on 6 + persons $ 290
--- GROUP SERVICE PRICE: US$ 290 pp
(Minimum 4 person)
Is it for me?
Everybody in regular physical shape, can do this gentle hike, but especially people who love outdoors activities.
Distance: 17 Km Duration: 2 Days trek When to go: April to November. Altitude: 3,700 m to 4,400 m Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
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.
DAILY DEPARTURES !!! You must book and pay a deposit well in advance. For high season (May to October, 5-4 months in advance.) Low season (November to April, 3-1 month in advance.)
FAST COUPLES or GROUPS BOOKING: Choose on the Calendar the date of your preference, fill out with your personal details, then below fill out details of your group in Traveling with: once you have finalized you will receive an email with a Reservation Code (Purchase number) to pay a booking deposit with. (If you would like to pay your booking deposit individually, then you must book each of you separatelly.)
HOW TO BOOK AND CONFIRM.- Choose your preferred date on the Calendar (Leaving Dates) fill out with all the requested details, you can book for 2 or more person just complete details on traveling with: soon you will receive a reservation code (Purchase Number) and you can pay a booking deposit of US$ 200.00 per person (or the total cost of the tour) through 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$ 200.00 + 5% $210.00 per person. OR pay with Paypal USD$ 200.00 plus 6%.(USD$ 212.00 pp)
Final Balance of your tour must be paid at your arrival to Cusco or before.
DAILY DEPARTURES !!! 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 (with Inca stairs that are better than the Inca Trail). You will have one night camping in the wilderness and then the next day after 2 and a half hours you will reach to this ceremonial Inca sanctuary named as "The small Cusco", time to explore and have a guided tour and after lunch you walk for 3 hours then we start our return back to Cusco by a private vehicle.
Hotel Marqueses Cusco accomodation 4 nights for the price of 3 .... or free Up-grade from Standard to Delux room. You must quote this offer when booking your MachuPicchu SAS tour.
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).
Day 1: TAMBOMACHAY, PUCAMARCA
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, Puquin etc, 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 from top we gain the view to see Queullococha Lake, the trail takes us up over the second pass (4300 meters) and into high open country. Just reaching the top we can see another l Lake Qoricocha The Golden Lake in Quechua (Language of the Incas) 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).
L - D
2 People per Tents
7 - 8 Hours
Day 2: PUCAMARCA,HUCHUY QOSQO,TAUCCA,CHINCHEROS,CUSCO.
Early wake up at 6:00 am, after breakfast we leave our campsite at 07:00 am (1 hour to walk to Huchuy Qosqo) a soft walk to end the valley and we walk through Leon Punku 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 Huchuy Qosqo, 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. Huchuy Qosqo 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 returm to Cusco. If someone of the group do not feel well due altitude symtoms of physical problems we can descend for 2 hours to Lamay then return to Cusco.
B - L
4 - 5 Hours
What is Included:
Collection from your hotels at 06:45 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
Horses (to carry tents, food, cooking equipment)
6 Kg personal porter for your items: (Duffle bag provided by SAS)
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)
Return in a private vehicle to Cusco.
What is not Included:
Sleeping bag, (this can be rented at our office US$10)
Snacks, bottle drinks
Breakfast on the first Day and dinner on the 2nd Day
Tips for your staff.
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
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
1 or 2 Days in Cusco previous this trek is recommended, so your body will be acclimatized to the altitude, remeber the highest altitide in this trek is 4,230 meters 13,916 feet.
SAS Travel offer free storage in our Hotel Marqueses for your belongings.
Question: I have already visited Machu Picchu but would love to do this trek and just end in Ollantaytambo on the 2nd afternoon. Is this a possibility?
Yes absolutely. the cost of this option is less $140 for adult and less $120 for student....... and if you like we can organise accomodation in Ollantaytambo for you to enjoy this beautiful area of the Sacred Valley. cost for this is $25 per person based on double occupacy rooms with private bathroom and breakfast.
Frequently Asked Questions
From May 1st, we are including a porter service for your sleeping bags mattrees and clothes
total of 6 Kg per person. (SAS provide a duffle bag for your 6 Kgs belongings at the briefing)
Each passengers need to carry your own day pack with 2 Liters of drinkable water, snacks, personal items as rain jacket, sunscream with protection,hat,glasses camera, etc.
You will need to carry with you a daypack with your Camera, water bottle, snacks
Cold weather clothing and a poncho in case of rain (unlikely in Dry season - May to October)- but as a precaution) and anything you will need before lunch as horses 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 campsites
Bring with you extra money.
Tips for your trekking team, guide cook and horsemen
You need to take at least 150 soles emergency money.
Recommended time of the year: From May to November, from Dec to April rainfall, snow can block the pass and cancel the trek.
This trek is rated as easy to moderate hike considering the high altitudes and length of walking on both Day.
You need to acclimatize in Cusco for at least 1-2 days before trekking.
Firstly.- Before you book your tour we urge you to read all the information, descriptions, general details, booking conditions and tour notes for your trip.
Step 2.- CHOOSE your TOUR and FILL IN your personal details. If you are travelling as a couple, or with more persons you must book with one registration or 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 your deposit, pay for 2 or more person in your group with ONE Reservation Code, so we can secure all of you in a group, permits for Machupicchu, train tickets and guided tour all together.
Step 3.- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT with WESTERN UNION: US$150 per person through in order to: Irwin Poma Flores DNI 46612452 (SAS Travel, Cusco PERU) Upon transferring the money email us the Money Transfer Number (MTCN) copy of your reservation and amount paid to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to confirm your deposit. We will confirm your reservation on the same day.
Step 3.- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT ONLINE with MASTER CARD or VISA.-US$ 157.50 per person. (US$ 150 include 5% card charge.) As soon as we receive your deposit we will procced purchasing your Tickets for Machupicchu and train tickets and we will send you a final confirmation of your tour with detailed information shortly. If you don`t receive your Confirmation within 48 hours please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to Skype us: sas.travel.info or call us.
FINAL PAYMENT: The remaining balance needs to be paid at your arrival to Cusco in Peruvian soles or US$ Dollars cash (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 ADVANCEwith card it is possible, it will be with 5% extra or you can transfer the balance through Western Union.
Group tours: Price varies according to number of passengers in the final group.
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 Lares trek goes to 4600 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. 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 you need to carry your back pack and sleeping bag .
If you have no experience in high altitude trekking please hire an extra porter.
5. Change of dates is only possible if the group is still left with more than a minimum
6. 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.
7. a Cancelation of tour up to 2 months before departure incurs a loss of the $150. 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...
7. e. Cancelation of tour within 48 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost...
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.