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!
GROUP TOUR US$ 690.00
Minimum 6 person max 9 person
PRIVATE AUSANGATE TREKS:
2 person US$ 890 each
3 person US$ 840 each
4 person US$ 790 each
5 person US$ 720 each
6 person US$ 690 each
Distance: 70 km Duration: 6 Days When to go: Best from April to October Altitude: 3,800m/12,464ft to 5,165 m/ 16,941ft Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging Modality: Trekking, scenic and Cultural Location: Mountain range Vilcanota -Cusco. Day Temperature:15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature:4ºC to -10º C Remark: 2-3 day acclimatization required.
At 7.00 pm at your hotel or at our Office Calle Garcilaso 270, it takes 20-30 minutes if you want also it can be at your hotel.
DAILY DEPARTURES !! 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$ 300.00 p/person with: XOOM (Global Money Transfer) OR through Western Union to Mr: Irwin Jesus POMA FLORES (Peru) OR
Pay a booking deposit ONLINE on Step 3: TO PAY with Master Card US$ 315.00 p/person.
Book and pay as soon as possible to avoid disappointments.
Auzangate Mountain is the highest mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota. The Cordillera Vilcanota is an impressive range of mountains which include the massive Nevado de Ausangate (6,385m) and three others tops over 6000m.
It's excellent trekking circuit offering to the traveller everything you could want: spectacular mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, hot springs, turquoise lakes, glaciers, herds of llamas and alpacas, picturesque villages and traditionally dressed Quechua people. This is a moderate to challenging trek, not technical with several high passes and often freezing cold nights so be prepared. This beautiful six day trek starts and finishes at the small Andean village of Tinqui and takes you around the massif of Ausangate mountain and over three high passes (two of them over 5000m).
It is essential to be properly acclimatized for this hike spending at least two or three days in Cusco (or equivalent altitude) before starting.
The peak of Auzangate is considered by the local people to be a sacred Apu and it is the central most powerful point of pilgrimage for today’s Quechuas descendents. This fascinated trek can be also combined with famous Inti raymi fest, Sun`s festival in Cusco or the winter solstice fest in Qoyllor rity snow capped mountains opposite from Ausangate.
Distance: 74 km
Duration: 6 Days
When to go: Best from April to October
Altitude : 3,800 masl to 5,165 masl
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Modality: Trekking, scenic and Cultural
Location: Mountain range Vilcanota - Cusco
Day Temperature: 15 ºC to 25 ºC / Night temperature : 4ºC to -10º C
Remark : 2-3 day acclimatization required.
Day 1: CUSCO - TINQUI VILLAGE - UPIS - (Hot springs Camping)
Early transfer from your hotel in Cusco ( 06:30 am ) , 3 hours drive on a new highway to Tinqui 4,000 masl a village on the high plains “altiplano” east from Cusco where we start our trek. We follow a wide gently climb path towards the northwest face of the massive mountain of Auzangate. We pass through fields and by scattered farm houses, and later in the day we start to see llamas and alpacas. We camp at Upis 4435m where we are surrounded by snow capped mountains. 6 hours to walk in a acclimatizing hike. There are thermal springs at Upis where we can enjoy a swim at the end of the day.
B - L - D
2 People per Tents
6 - 7 hours
Day 2: UPIS to JATUN PUCACOCHA
Our first pass today. We climb for 3 hours to Arapa Pass 4757masl. From the Arapa pass we first traverse across an arid hillside and then we descend, sometimes quite steeply into a valley of deep blue glacial lakes and waterfalls. We camp by the lake Laguna Jatun Pucacocha 4585m which is at the bottom of one of the Ausangate glaciers, around 6 hours to hike.
B - L - D
2 People per Tents
Day 3: JATUN PUCACOCHA TO HUCHUY FINAYA/PAMPACANCHA
A beautiful day. We leave camp and climb steadily to Ausangate Pass 4850 masl. We descend to a beautiful lake Ausangatecocha formed by a melting glacier. From the lake we climb again steeply on glacial moraine to the highest point on the trek Palomani Pass 5165 masl. From the pass there are extensive views of all the peaks in the Cordillera Vilcanota. We traverse and descend, a steeply dropping into the valley, then follow the valley down to camp near the remote village of Pampacancha 4500 masl. Around 6 to 7 hours to hike.
B - L - D
2 People per Tents
6 - 7 Hours
Day 4: HUCHUY FINAYA TO QOMERCOCHA/ LAGUNAS TICLLACOCHA
We follow up the Jampamayo River gorge to the small village of stone houses at Jampa 4650 masl. Towards Jampa the valley opens out more and the spectacular peak of Nevado Tres Picos, Qinsapunta “ 3 picks mountain” at 6093 masl. From Jampa we continue rising, then the trail starts to climb steeply to our highest campsite near the lakes Lagunas Ticllacocha 4800 masl. Around 6 hours to hike.
B - L - D
2 People per Tents
6 - 7 Hours
Day 5: LAGUNE QOMERCOCHA TO PACCHANTA
We circle around the lakes Ticllacocha and climb for 2 hours to the last Jampa Pass 4950 masl. which is surrounded by glaciers, huge mountains and glacial lakes. We descend down towards the village of Pacchanta 4250 masl. We camp near the village and we can enjoy the hot springs here
B - L - D
2 People per Tents
7 - 8 Hours
Day 6: PACCHANTA TO CUSCO
An easy, 4 hour walk across open fields allows us our final close views of Auzangate, and brings us back to the village of Tinqui, where we meet our transport and return to Cusco. Returning to Cusco around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon.
B - L
What is Included:
Private 4x4 transportation to Tinqui (day 1) and return to Cusco (day 6)
Horses to carry all the camping equipment, food, fuel
Cooking equipment and Passengers belongings (8 kg per person)
SAS provides a duffle bag for your belongings
All 15 meals during the trip (5 lunches / 5 dinners / 5 breakfasts)
Expert bilingual guide English /Spanish. (guides in French, German
Cook, assistant,horsemen /assistants
Camping equipment tents for 2 person and mattress are provided
Boiled water is provided during the trek.
What is not Included:
Sleeping Bags Down US$20 for 4 nights
Trekking poles a pair US$20
Snacks, dried fruits, raisins, energy cereal bars, chocolates
Back Pack $20
Hot springs 5 soles:
Optional Tips for the crew, Guide cook and horseman.
We recommend that you bring
Change of clothes for the whole period of the trek & a daypack
SAS provides a duffle bag to transport your belongings ( 8 Kg each)
Minus 5 º C down sleeping bag
Hiking boots, strong footwear, ideally trekking or sport shoes
Trekking poles: Poles with metal tips are allowed on this trek
Warm clothes : layers for variable temperature especially at night
Thermals : Gloves / scarf : wool socks / woolen hat for cold nights
minus 9 ºC
T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for a
comfortable day walks
Flash light or head torch and batteries
Camera and extra batteries (batteries consume more quickly under
Sun block / hat to protect you from the sun, rain and cold and
Personal medical kit
Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco)
Toiletries / toilet paper / small towel
2 litre water bottle : disposable water bottles are not recommended
Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc (in soles)
Emergency money at least 200 extra soles
Bathing clothes for the hot springs.Optional
Thermal Rest inflatable mattress
Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, muesli, etc.
Social activities toward the children in our hike to Upis, Pacchanta, Jatun Finaya in Ausangate Please feel free to bring with you some warm clothes, toys, books and school equipment not necessarily new, and generic medicines for respiratory infections, flu, influenza, bronchitis, headaches, etc. the children will appreciate enormously with their unique smiles.
Sun is very strong at this part of the Andes, a good sun cream block is essential,
A very good down sleeping bag and warm clothes are neccesary
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.
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.- REGISTER your TOUR and fill in your personal details in separate forms. You will receive a Reservation Code (eg: 240611001) It is possible to pay for 2 or more person with 1 Reservation Code, so we can secure your train tickets and tour together.
Terms & Conditions
SAS Travel Cusco Perú - CONDITIONS of 6 DAY AUSANGATE TREK
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 3.0 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 5% 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 .
7. a Cancelation of tour up to 2 months before departure 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.- Ausangate 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 “Ausangate trek” 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 5% 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.