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.
NOTE.- If you interest is walking this tour in a small group and you still would like to join 2 or 4 person to make lower costs, please let us know, so we can try to find other interested people. Or SEE our Confirmed private groups on: AVAILABILITY and BOOKINGS
Inca Trail & Salkantay Trek 7D/6N Private Service DAILY DEPARTURES !
Due to this trek combine with classic Inca Trail, Permits are required to book 4-5 months in hight season ( May to November ) in advance, for low season ( December to April ) 2 to 1 month in advance: Experienced hikers can walk the same trek in 6 Day/ 5 Night , send you enquires to: email@example.com
Is it for me?
It is important to be in good physical condition to make this moderate rated but truly rewarding trek. If you want to visit a number of stunning Inca sites linked by a beautiful stone pathway built in the midst of the most incredible scenery in rising altitudes. A good mix of culture, nature, archaeology and scenic beauty. ..then this is for you! Book early, Get in shape, Get good boots and have fun... !
Moderate, Challenging !!!
Minimum 2 passengers
Limited Availability for the Inca Trail section, please see our website for more informations of email us. As this package includes the 4 Day Inca trail trek you must ensure there are still permits available and so you need to click on this link:
For experienced trekkers this tour can be organized in 6 Day/5 Night without the night in Aguas Calientes, arriving on Day 6th at morning for Machupicchu and sleeping at Wiñay Wayna campsite the last night. Please send us your enquires to firstname.lastname@example.org
The permits for the Inca Trail trek are so limited, that only 200 permits are available each day FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. You need to book and pay the depo: sit well in advance. For high season (May to October, 6-4 months in advance.) Low season (November to April, 4-3 months in advance.) For trek departures in March, April, May, June and July we strongly advise that you make a trek booking BEFORE the middle of January. The permits on Dec 17,18,19, 22 till 31 are SOLD OUT...
CHECK on: AVAILABILITY Inca Trail Classic tours BOOKINGS Once you have finalized your registration online, you will receive a reservation code (purchase number) and pay your USD$ 300.00 per person booking deposit with: Western Union to Mr: Irwin POMA-FLORES (Peru) OR Pay a booking deposit ONLINE on Step 3: TO PAY ONLINE with Master Card, Visa card OR Pay-Pal the amount of USD$ 315.00 per person.
FAST BOOKING for COUPLES, GROUPS: Choose the tour and departure date required, then fill out your personal details on Step 2, then fill out the details of your group below in Traveling With. Once you have finalized everything, you will receive a reservation code (purchase number) to pay with. For any assistance Call or Skype us. FREE Sacred Valley tour for group bookings of 4 persons or more, provided just one person in the group is responsible for making the booking and sending the trek deposit, and 20% Discount in Hotel Marqueses for bookings from Jan to May 31st Bookings valid from Dec 14th.
WHAT WE HAVE FOR YOU: We have the best itinerary and campsites for each night, which includes Wiñaywayna campsite on the third night. We can pick you up from your hotel at 5:00 am on Day 1. We will tour with the best Inca Trail guides, extraordinary chefs (gourmet Peruvian meals) and with well respected and well paid porters (The Blue Label Team). We provide decontaminated drinkable water en route. We have packed snacks at Machu Picchu and lunch with Pisco Sour in Aguas Calientes before your train back to Cusco. We have confirmed and guaranteed daily departures on any date you wish to travel. We welcome groups of friends, couples and solo travelers. We have new and decent tents and equipment . 100% provided by SAS Travel. We have free luggage storage in Cusco at the Hotel Marqueses. Unfortunately we have limited spaces in our small group: 8 people per group with 1 guide or 9 to 12 or 16 participants maximum with 2 tour guides.
TICKET FOR HUAYNAPICCHU MOUNTAIN.- (Those trekkers who wish to climb Huaynapicchu Mt. after they have finished hiking the Inca Trail, need to pay an ONLINE deposit of US$385.00 per person with a Master Card , Visa OR Pay-Pal, so that we can purchase your ticket for the 2nd turn at 11:00 am or for a ticket for the next day, just send us an email.)
The Inca Trail with SAS Travel is a spiritual pilgrimage throughout your trip on the Inca Trail and to Machu Picchu. It enhances your mind, body and soul. It is a unique adventure for your senses !!!
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Free Sacred Valley tour... join our daily guided Sacred Valley tour with an experienced guide to visit the traditional Pisac Market & Ruins, the valley of Urubamba, Yucay, Ollantaytambo and Chincheros (fees and lunch not included).
The mountains of the Cordillera Vilcabamba rise to form a ragged chain between the regions' two great rivers; the Urubamba and the Apurimac. Along the cordillera's northern side, massive snow peaks collide with lush tropical rain forests. Located northwest of Cusco, Nevado de Salkantay, the cordillera's tallest peak, is at the eastern end of the chain and rises to 6,271 meters above sea level. The name Salkantay means 'Savage Mountain' which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak.
The Salkantay to Machu Picchu trek normally takes 7 Day and has become popular with trekkers wanting to combine a quieter less trodden route with a visit to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. For the first 3 day you will be surrounded with magnificent scenery and rarely see other groups of trekkers. On the fourth day you join up with the famous Inca Trail at Wayllabamba town and continue to Machu Picchu arriving on afternoon on Day 6 th so you can enjoy the beautiful and tranquil sunset and after that we head down to Aguas Calientes town to relax in the natural hot springs and find a comformatle bed after 5 nights in camp, early on Day 7th we take the first bus up to Machupicchu for our guided tour and time to explore. The trek is only a little more difficult than the Classic Inca Trail, horses are used for the first 4 days to transport food and equipment then we will swap over to using traditional porters for this final section.
Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Cruzpata -Soraypampa - Salkantaypampa.
At 06.00 pick up from your hotel in our private transport from Cusco to Mollepata (2800 m) approx. 3 hours. On the way to Mollepata we'll briefly stop off at the ruins of Tarawasi an Inca temple with one of the finest examples of Inca polygonal masonry in a long retaining wall. From Mollepata (2800 m) we continue 40 minutes more by car until the pastures village of Cruzpata (3200 m) our start point where we meet our "arrieros" horsemen and trekking staff (Cook and Assistants) We commence our trek, we can see an spectacular views of the chains of snow capped mountains of Vilcabamba and the lush Apurimac River valley, then a gentle climb of 250 meters for about 3 to 4 hours to Soraypampa (3800 m) our spot for a rest and lunch. After lunch we continue climbing gradually for 2 to 3 hours through the more unspoiled Andean valleys to Salkantaypampa (3980 meters) our campsite for our first night located at feet of the most majestic and impressing mountains as Salkantay (6264m) and Humantay (5217m). (Lunch, Dinner & Camping)
Day 2: Salkantaypampa, Paso Salkantay and Sisaypampa Camp.
This is just a spectacular day, early by 06.30 am after a hot breakfast we start with a gentle climbing to Pampa-Japonesa (Japanese Climbers Base-camp set 3 decades ago) hiking through the pass of Salkantay Mt, close to the mountain's eternal snowcaps, after 4-5 hours we reach the Incachiriaska Pass located at 5200 meters. This pass is a wonderful spot for sightseeing because it is surrounded by majestic snow-peaks such as Humantay (5217m), Tucarhuay (5450m) and Soray Mt (5428m), the Cusichaca valleys, lakes and moraines. After the pass we will be hiking down for 20 minutes until Ichupata ( Andean grass place) where we have a stop for lunch, afterward we will descend until Sisay pampa Camp (3790m), at this section we will be able to fully appreciate and take in the imposing Andean topography, quiet and cozy place where you can see llamas, alpacas and with luck we might see a condor. Camp near the local kids school. ( 7-8 hours walking ) (Lunch, Dinner & Camping)
Day 3: Sisaypampa - Paucarcancha
From our campsite after breakfast we start our walk descending in a beautiful valley with native flowers and impresive views for 3 hour to Pampacahuana community near the Incan canals repaired few years ago by Kendall Proyect to help local farmers and shephers. Tranquil day to relax and rest for the next leg of our trek, stop for our lunch then final 3 hour to Paucarcancha an old Inca ruins where we will stop for some explanations and pictures, also this is where we will set a camp for tonigh. (Lunch, Dinner & Camping).
Day 4: Paucarcancha -Wayllabamba - Llulluchapampa Camp.
Today we will enter into the Inca Trail Sanctuary and Park connecting our trek to the famous Inca trail to Machupicchu. After breakfast an hour walk down to Wayllabamba (3000m) this is also where our muleteers return home with their mules and fresh porters will welcome us to continue the trek carrying our gear, equipment and food, we start our gentle climbing for 3-4 hours to Ayapata and Carralpunku. We climb the steep-sided Llulluchayoq Valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif, where we make camp at Llulluchapampa, spectacular campsite. Probably we might be the unique campers at this amazing site. Time for pictures and relax because we will arrive 2 hours before dark at this point. (Lunch, Dinner & Camping)
Day 5: Llulluchapampa – The Woman Pass - Pacaymayo- Runkuracay - Sayaqmarca Phuyupatamarca.
After breakfast a climbing for less that 2 hours to reach the highest pass of 4200 meters known as Dead Woman Pass, at this stage we start early and refresh so you won`t have difficulties with the altitude. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain grass as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, time to full enjoyment after we complete our second big pass also to some short ceremony at the Apacheta pass. Then an easy slow descent for 2 hour to Pacaymayo Valley.
We pick up an Inca stairway very well preserved after centuries and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass at 3860 meters, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca 3,650 meters (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, Plazas and Water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now is a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca Trail viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).
This camp is described like the most beautiful and magic of all campsites, great views of two valleys, hundreds of Inca steps connecting enigmatic edifications used as temples at the Inca times.
Day 6: Phuyupatamarca - Wiñaywayna - Gate of The Sun - Machupicchu – Aguas Calientes.
Hundreds of Inca steps in well preserved factures connecting enigmatic edifications used as temples, after 3 hours down hill we will reach the impresive complex of Wiñaywayna, rush vegetation of bambus and flowers at this cloud forest terrain, pausing to explore the amazing Inca stone towers at this complex, fountains and stairways that spillins down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites will have time to explore and have a guided visit (some trekkers loved this place even more than Machupicchu).
After a shower at the little Hostel there we have our lunch then we will continue our last leg of the Inca Trail trail for another 2 more hours to reach the famous lookout point named Inti Punku ( the Sun Gate) this part is very beautiful for the vegatation of cloud forest with bromelias, orchids and fern trees in both sides of the trail. From Inti punku we get the first glance of Machu Picchu where we still need to descend for 45 minutes to 1 hour, between the mountains on its saddle high over the Urubamba River. Oportunity to enjoy of the tranquility and peacefull in the late afternoon when all the groups have run down to take the train return to Cusco, we will have at least 2 hours for full enjoyment of Machupicchu and the magycal sunset. Then we will board a bus for 25 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hotel Included and Dinner.. Oportunity to go to the hot springs to relax and cure our sore muscles. (Lunch, Dinner & Hotel Viajeros) If your preference is still another camping night on Inca Trail park please just let us know).
Day 7: Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu guided tour & Exploring – Cusco.
Very early after breakfast at the hotel we will board the first bus to ride to Machupicchu for our official visit. We will learn about the importance – religiously and historically – of this marvelous and magical sanctuary, and we will be able to appreciate the fine architecture of the Incas. After our guided tour for 3 hours, you can climb to the top of Wayna Picchu mountain ( Optional ), from where one has a good overview of the whole area and the full site of Machu Picchu.
Another possibility is to visit the beautiful temple of the moon. (Packed lunch is provided)
In the afternoon after our full time in Machupicchu, we descend to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Cusco around 16:30 pm arriving to Cusco by 9.00 pm.
What is Included:
Pre-departure briefing, presented by your tour guides
Private bus to Mollepata -Cruzpata (trek starting point)
Permit to the Inca Trail Trek National Park
Entrance fee for Machupicchu Archaeological Sanctuary
Excellent highly recommended top leaders guides
Oxygen assistance and first aid kit en route
2 person per tent (new spacious Eureka tents)
Thick, comfortable sleeping mattress, (Pillows by request)
Dining tent with camping tables, stools and gas lamps, Kitchen tent
Nutritious, delicious buffet meals with fresh, high quality ingredients, high in energy value and prepared carefully to avoid illness by our excellent cooks(Vegetarian food and specialised diets by request) Combination of International and Peruvian Cuisine
Boiled purified water after breakfast to refill your bottles
Fairly treated staff carry the equipment, tents, food, cooking gear and dining tents
Health Insurance for our porters, cooks, assistants, field crew
Accommodation, food, transport, permits and entrance fees for our porters and cooks
A gentle start to the day with a wake up coca tea kindly brought to your tent
Happy hour with macho-tea and hot drinks every afternoon
Plenty of time to explore Machupicchu and a guided tour,
Visit and guided tours in the 6 Inca archaeological sites en route
Bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Buffet lunch in Aguas Calientes after Machu Picchu
Free storage for your backpack whilst you go to the hot springs or shop around the village
Free and safe Storage while you are on tours in Hotel Marqueses Cusco
Tourist train return on Day 4 to “0llantaytambo” then a SAS Travel bus to Cusco
Inca Trail T-shirt and a Surviver Certificate signed by your guides
6 Kg personal porter per person. ( SAS provide a duffle bag for the porter )
What is not Included:
Sleeping bag (-Minus 8ºC) US$45 for 5 nights
Single tent US$ 90 for 5 nights trek.
single room in Aguas Calientes additional $20 or you can share for no additional cost
Trekking poles US$30 each for the entire trek.
Thermarest US$45 for 5 nights
Hot shower on 5th campnight (10 soles)
Hot Springs in Aguas Calientes (10 soles)
Energy snacks will be very useful as chocolate bars, dried fruits
Extra drinks in camps, Machupicchu or Aguas Calientes
Tips for the trekking crew, guides, cooks,and porters. It`s a tradition
We recommend that you bring
Original passport and (ISIC student card if applicable)
A Backpack (for personal porters we provide a duffle bag)
Warm sleeping bag Minus 8ºC
Lighter style trekking boots with good ankle support
Trekking poles: metal tips are not allowed on the trail
Warm clothes,layers for variable temperature especially at night
Thermal underwear can be worn in the sleeping bag or in cold conditions
Gloves or mittens, scarf , wool socks, woolen hat for cold nights
T-shirts and trekking pants that zipoff to short pants for comfort
Flash light, head torch and extra batteries
Camera and extra batteries
Wear a hat with a broad visor to keep the sun off your face
Sunscreen, and sunglasses
Personal medical kit, insect repellent
Rain Gear: a good rain jacket, rain poncho
Toiletries, toilet paper, small towel
2 litre water bottle, disposable plastic bottles are forbidden in Machupicchu site
Water purifying tablets optional, since we provide boiled water
Bathing clothes for the hot springs
Extra money for drinks & tips, souvenirs etc in soles
Emergency money at least 200-300 extra soles.
If you don`t have sleeping bags, rain ponchos, trekking poles, water bottle, etc you can rent/buy them from SAS Travel at the office at your check-in 2 days before the trek departure.
UP-GRADING YOUR RETURN from Aguas Calientes to Cusco with VISTADOME TRAIN.-
To Up-grade train return ( with Vistadome Deluxe ) US$36 per person (From March 2013 US$ 45.00 per person)
15:25 pm depart Aguas Calientes – 18:40 to Poroy Train Station
If you want an upgrade train they need to contact us directly on email@example.com for this to be done and confirmed to you.
Note.- A personal porter carries 18 Kg plus his own belongings, SAS provides a porter`s bag and your hired items at your briefing the night before of your trek -best to book your porter at the time of booking your trek, also reserve in advance the optional items.
Please Note: Hostel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes town is not a 3 star hotel but it is clean, safe and comfortable with a friendly and very helpfull staff. They have private Twin, Double and Triple rooms, with small private bathrooms and hot gas water system, it has one of the best locations in town, far enough from the riverside so it is not noisy, being very central at the foot of the bridge, only a few blocks from Train and Bus Station and you don`t have to do anymore long uphill hikes to get to your room! It is about 10 minutes from the hotspring pools. We try to include an economical accommodation option for this tour package to make it accessible for everyone but recommend that if you are wanting better accommodation in Aguas Calientes town to celebrate your accomplishment of the Inca Trail trek or any special date/ tour then please request one of the recommended hotel Upgrades below:
(Alternative accommodation based on double occupancy ).
UP-GRADING Hotels in Aguas Calientes
Hotel Presidente or Inka Town or Green Nature Standard USD$ 25.00 p/person
Green Nature Superior room US$ 36.00 p/person
Hotel Santuario US$ 49.00 p/person.
Hotel Andina Luxury US$ 46.00 p/person.
Mapi -INKATERRA US$ 90.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
Hotel Hatuchay Tower US$115.00 p/person
Hotel INKATERRA US$ 260.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
Sumaq Hotel 5 stars US$ 220.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
Hotel alongside Machupicchu: Sanctuary Lodge US$ 490.00 p/person.(Includes Dinner and Breakfast)
To guarantee your hotel reservation UP-GRADE, please include the payment of it in your tour booking deposit, so we can reserve and pay for your hotel in advance. All Hotel policies require full payment of your accommodation 20-45 days prior your reservation date.
IMPORTANT: You must present your passport with the TAM immigration slip to all hotel accommodations. The national sales tax (18%) is charged to all Peruvian citizens and foreigners staying 60 consecutive days or more. In case the room is shared by both a taxable and non-taxable guest at the same time, the sales tax will be applied to the whole room. So please take every caution to not loose this piece of paper. You need to bring it to the Cusco office for your check-in.
After 3 days of fantastic walk around the Salkantay Mountain reaching the top at 4,860 mts we descend gradually to link with the famous Inca Trail on Day 4th , this trek is the combination of the 2 best trek routes around the Mountains of Vilcabamba with spectacular tranquil campsites and avoiding the crowds in both sections of our trek.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most (FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions related to the Inca Trail & Salkantay Trek 7D/6N -Private Service
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/606/inca-trail-salkantay-trek-7d6n-private-service
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 Travel 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 $ 45 for 5 nights
45 Lts Backpack $ 30
A pair of trekking poles $ 30
Thermarest US$45 for 5 nights
porter/ mule for extra 3 Kg $20
Will I need any extra money?
YES, so that you can take part in options such as the natural hot springs (10 soles), Bus ticket down from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes US$9 pp if you don`t want to walk the trail. tips for your trekking staff, souvenirs, snacks in Machupicchu, bottled water, drinks, etc.
You should take at least 300 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 assistance and completely fluent in English. Our guides are also one of the most popular aspects of our tours some of them being historians and archaeologists and all demonstrate a great passion for their culture and heritage.
How many people will be in my group?
If you don´t want to have a purely private trek we can open your desired date to others to join to reduce the price as indicated. However often it is difficult to get others to join your exact date before permits run out so we are unable to get others and usually we only get 2 others to join if any!
Should I hire an extra porter?
You already have 6 kilos included in the price so this will assist in carry your mat and sleeping bag and about 3 kilos of sleeping gear. If you would like to have more kilos worth carried you can organise an extra 3 kilos for $20.
This is carried by mules and SAS Travel provide a duffle 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).
Please note: 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), flashlight, sunscreen, sun-glasses, a fleece or something warm and a poncho (during the rainy season or cloudy days) ie anything you will need before lunch as the porters do not walk alongside you. You will usually meet up with your bag at lunch and then it will be waiting for you in your tent at the campsite.
The trek crew on the 6th day, will collect up the mats and sleeping bags and take them back to Cusco as you sleep in a bed with bedding tonight.
B. ON THE TREK.-
**I am not really an experienced trekker?. What if I can’t keep up?
How difficult is the Salkantay Trek Trail?**
Only in extremely rare circumstances does a passenger need to come back early if they have acclimatised. 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. The Salkantay Trail is considered a moderate hike, not a technical hike but high altitude may affect some individuals. We do carry oxygen and we recommend using trekking poles. There is an emergency mule to assist for intermittent rides to assist with altitude issues but not to be considered as a permanent trekking option.
Are Trekking poles really necessary?
we DO recommend the use of Trekking poles, 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 along the rough trails.
Will I see many local villages
Lares is the better trek to do to see quaint local villages that have maintained a very typical andean rustic life style and traditional weaving skills. You will see small towns along the apporach to this trek and a couple of times during this but they have a mistizo feel rather than tiny andean villages.
How long will I be walking every day?
How long is the trail? 55 Km
This is an approximate breakdown according to our regular campsites:
Distance Travelled: 16km to Rayan-niyoc or 20km to Chaullay
Day 3: COLLPAPAMPA - LLUSCAMAYO - LA PLAYA
Distance Travelled: 16km from Rayan-niyoc or 11km from Chaullay
Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
Distance Travelled: 12km approx
If you still want more, climbing Huayna Picchu provides yet another hour and a half round trip. Check re permits with your tour guides.
Is altitude sickness common? And how high is the Salkantay Trek?
It's impossible to predict who will be affected by altitude. Your ability to adapt to high altitude is determined by your genetic makeup and has little to do with fitness or health. Most people will have no problems as long as they take the time to acclimatize properly. A full 2 days spent in Cusco (3399m), taking it very easy and drinking plenty of water is enough for some people but if you can arrange to have minimum 2-3 days in case of any travel disruptions as well then this is what we recomend as there is also so much to do here!. The highest point you will reach while hiking the Salkantay Trek reaches 4590m on the 2nd day
Day 4: LA PLAYA - LUCMABAMBA - LLAQTAPATA - HIDROELECTRICA / AGUAS CALIENTES
Maximum Altitude: 2350 masl
Minimum Altitude: 2000 masl
What if I am unable to finish the trail?
In the scenario that you are unable to finish the trek due health issues.
SAS Travel will do everything in its power to get you to the nearest civilization and get help or transportation to help. If the issue is respiratory or due to altitude, we do carry at least one tank of oxygen on trek that you will have access to. In extreme cases, a helicopter pick up can be arranged at your own expense.(Travel Insurance required) There are no refunds in the situation that you are unable to finish though. Generally those who have to be assisted off the trail but recover quickly are taken to Ollantaytambo where they rest and spend the night and then can join the group again on the 4th afternoon for by train to Aguas Calientes ( cost incurred by trekker ) and visit Machu Picchu according to original plan.
What if I become ill before the trail or am suffering severe altitude on the day of departure?
We do not recommend that any one starts this trek if not in good health. If you miss the trek part while gaining strength in Cusco we can assist you with discounted accomodation within your cancellation costs and we can still take you to meet the group on the 4th day so you can continue the tour from here.
That way you are still able to use the Machu Picchu entrance join your group for a tour and return train ticket at least
**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, for the first few hours of Day 2, then again on the afternoon of Day 3, and of course at Machu Picchu.
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?
It is not recommended . If you are thinking of bringing any small children with you, it is recommended that you do 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. It should be remembered that it is likely you will have a difficult time as it is, so if you have never done higher altitude trekking with your child before, you’ll want to carefully consider your enjoyment and the enjoyment of the child. 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 lttle chance of a total cancellation of a trek unless due to natural disaster. Due to extreme weather circumstances there may be alternative routes taken but a trek will usually be altered rather than totally cancelled.
Is the trail still good during the rainy season?
we do not recommend this trek in the months of Jan, Feb and March.
The trail will have more episodes of stormy weather during the rainy season. It could happen at any time of the year though. Some people actually like to go during the rainy season because there are fewer tourists but we say please be prepared for wet weather and have suitable clothes and equipment. Possibly snow so be prepared for a possible change of route if a pass is deemed unpassable by the guide.
What kind of weather can I expect on the trek?
During the “rainy season” (Dec – May), you can expect that it will rain pretty much every day. At the same time, it will also be noticeably warmer at night. The day times will get up to about 25 degrees Celsius, the low will be about 1 degrees Celsius.
On the other hand, during the “dry season” (June – Nov) the daytimes will seem strikingly like spring time, with bright and sunny skies, but it will be much colder at night. During the daytime you can expect it to be somewhere in the range of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and at night it will be as low as minus -4 to minus -7 degrees Celsius.
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 max 19 trekkers our typical trekking staff comprise of: 01 guide, 01 assistant guide, 01 cook, 01 assistant cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 6-8 horsemen.
If the group is 12 or less then just 1 guide, 01 cook, 01 general assistant in charge of setting up and organization of safe campsites and 4-5 horsemen.
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. Generally tips are distributed amongst the trekking staff (except the guide and the assistant guide ) on the 4th day since these trekking staff will not accompany the group to Machupicchu.
Tips for the Cook, Assistant cook, Coordinator & Porters On the third night at dinner time 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 porters.
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 30 and 40 soles ( US$ 10-14 ) to a “pot” which is then distributed amongst the cook, assistant cook, general assistant and horsemen. 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 Assistant Guide The assistant guide will not accompany the group to Aguas Calientes and Machupicchu. We therefore recommend that you also tip the assistant guide on the 4th day. We suggest that each person in the group tips the assistant guide approx 15 soles. (US$5) Again, tips are optional not mandatory and dependent on the level of service provided. Obviously if you want to pay more please do so.
Tips for the Guide The guide will accompany the group throughout the tour including Machupicchu. We recommend that you tip the guide after the tour in Machupicchu at the time of lunch at Hotel Viajeros in Aguas Calientes We suggest that each person in the group tips the main guide between 18 and 28 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.
Will I be able to witness the sunrise at Machu Picchu?
You first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it. It is already dawn but this impresive moment of Machu Picchu coming out of the shadows of the looming mountains is awesome.
Will I be able to climb Huayna Picchu (300 mts above Machu Picchu site)
If you are wanting to include an ascent of Huayna Picchu in your visit to Machu Picchu beware that there are new regulations and permits have to be bought in advance. The cost to have a Machu Picchu entrance that includes the permits to climb Huayna Picchu is $10 extra and we must have this request in writing and confirmed at the time of your booking. As this is a new cost and regulation we are still putting this option in the website reservation page so just indicate in comments for the moment.
There is a limit of only 400 permits for climbing Huayna Picchu and only 200 people are permitted to enter for each of the 2 sessions scheduled for 7am and 10 am. The guide will organise the tour of Machu Picchu around peoples climb of Huayna Picchu depending on how many in the group have permits. Please note your entrance to Machu Picchu and permit for Huayna Picchu are with your name and passport details so are non transferable and non refundable.
Last minute bookings of this trek will possibly miss out on permits in high season so please book and pay in advance.
The trail to HuaynaPicchu is safe in good weather, but very steep with use of chains and not recomended for those with vertico. It is about an hour and a half round trip. and there are only 2 times during the day it can be climbed with a sign in and out security system.
How long am I able to stay at Machu Picchu?
How I will I get down to Aguas Calientes?
You will have a guided tour of the ruins that lasts approximately 2-3 hours, after which time you will have 2-3 hours more to spend on your own. You can climb Huayna Picchu or just explore. After the guided portion, your guide will reconfirm the times to return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and / or train
What time will I be back in Cusco?
Can you explain the train service a little more??
Many of our travellers request a later train so they can spend the full day at Machu Picchu, to climb Wayna Picchu or to visit the natural hot baths (for which the town Aguas Calientes is named). We therefore try to reserve a late afternoon train around between - 6 pm for our travellers. Occasionally it is direct to Cusco, but otherwise the service is to Ollantaytambo with a private bus transfer onwards to Cusco. But still, these reservations times are confirmed by Peru Rail often only 9 days in advance during high season and holidays. When demand exceeds availability, we will always try to obtain tickets for an earlier service rather than one late at night for a more comfortable arrival to Cusco but this is sometimes difficult.
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 for families or groups of friends or for trekkers who want more individual time with the guide and flexiblity in the programme. You can choose any date that you want.
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.
What is an ISIC card? How can I use it to get a discount?
ISIC stands for “International Student Identity Card” and is the internationally accepted form of student identification. The INC accepts ISIC for discounts.
The discount that is offered isn’t a SAS Travel discount, but is actually offered by the INC and SAS Travel passes the discount on to you. You must scan your ISIC card to you at the time of your booking and carry your ISIC card on the trek.
Am I able to change dates after the initial reservation?
If you do not leave the group without a minumum you can change your date but there must be a group for the date which you want to move to.
What if do not have my passport right now?
You can book and then send us your passport details later for this trek as it is only required for train tickets and Machu Picchu entrances.
++Can I pay for the entire tour up front?**
Usually we only charge the deposit of your Salkantay 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. If you want to pay the full tour by credit card please add on the 5% fee.
ALTITUDE or MOUNTAIN SICKNESS, SOROCHE
Altitude sickness is serious and can ruin your trip. The biggest mistake you can make is to fly directly to Cuzco (3326m/10,910ft) and expect to hike the next day. Give yourself a few days to adjust to the altitude first.
Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, or Soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxigen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (approximately 8,000 feet). Acute mountain sickness can progress to high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).The causes of altitude sickness are not fully understood. The percentage of oxygen in air remains essentially constant with altitude at 21% up until 70,000 feet (21,330 m), but the air pressure (and therefore the number of oxygen molecules) drops as altitude increases — consequently, the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 10,000 feet (3,050m). Altitude sickness usually does not affect persons traveling in aircraft because the cabin altitude in modern passenger aircraft is kept to 8,000 feet (2,440 m) or lower. A superficially related condition is chronic mountain sickness, also known as Monge's disease, occurring only after prolonged exposure to high altitude. An unrelated condition, often confused with altitude sickness, is dehydration, due to the higher rate of water vapor lost from the lungs at higher altitudes.
Those who ascend rapidly to altitudes greater than 2500m (8100 ft)
may develop altitude sickness. In Peru, this includes Cusco ( 3326m)
Machupicchu (2400m) and Lake Titicaca (3820m). Being physically fit offers no protection. Those who have experienced altitude sickness in the past are prone to future episodes. The risk increases with faster ascents, higher altitudes and greater exertion.
Symptoms may include headaches,nausea,vomiting,dizziness,malaise, imsomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases may be complicated by fluids in the lungs (high-altitude pulmonary edema) or swelling of the brain (high-altitude cerebral edema) If symptoms are more than mild or persist for more than 24 hours (far less at high altitudes), descend immediately by at least 500 meters and see a doctor.
To help prevent altitude sickness, the best measure is to spend two nights or more at each rise of 1000m. Alternatively, take 125mg or 250mg of acetozolamide (Diamox) twice or three times daily starting 24 hours before ascent and continuing for 48 hours after arrival at altitude. Possible side effects include increased urinary volume, numbness,
tingling,nausea,drowsiness, myopia and temporary impotence.
Acetazolamide should not be given to pregnant women or anyone with a history of sulfa allergy. For those who cannot tolerate acetazolamide, the next best option is 4mg of dexamethasone taken four times daily.
Unlike acetazolamide, dexamethasone must be tapered gradually upon arrival at altitude, since there is a risk that altitude sickness will occur as the dosage is reduced.
Dexamethasone is a steroid, so it should not be given to diabetics or anyone for whom taking sterorids is not adviced. A natural alternative is gingko, which some people find quite helpful.
When traveling to high altitudes, it´s also important to evoid overexertion, eat ligh meals and abstain from alcohol.
Altitude sickness should be taken seriously, it can be life threatening when severe.
Thank you for deciding to register for a SAS Travel tour !
Step 2.- Select your tour and please complete your personal details. If you are travelling as a couple, or with more persons you must book and pay with one reservation code. But please complete details of your companion or group on lines below: Comments and Questions: (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 guarantee all your permits, tickets for Machupicchu, train tickets and tour all together in a same group.
How to make your deposit and confirm your spots on the tour:
Step 3.- PAY A BOOKING-DEPOSIT with WESTERN UNION: US$ 300.00 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: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 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$ 315.00 per person. (US$ 300.00 + 5% card charge). Payments by credit card will carry a surcharge of 5%. As soon as we receive your deposit we will procced purchasing your Permits for Inca Trail trek, tickets etc . We will send you a final confirmation of your tour with detailed information shortly. If you don`t receive your Confirmation within 24 hours please send us an email to: email@example.com 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 US$ Dollars cash or Peruvian soles (Exchange rate 2.90 Soles for US$1). Payments with credit / debit cards are accepted with a commission of 5%, Travelers' cheques with 3% only at our Office in Cusco.
FINAL PAYMENT: The remaining balance needs to be paid at your arrival to Cusco in US$ Dollars cash (Exchange rate 2.90 Soles for US$1). or Travelers' cheques with 3% only at our Office.
Payments with credit / debit cards need to be made 2 weeks prior to the Inca Trail and only accepted with the commission of 5% included. You should contact us 2 weeks prior to the tour responding to the email with your confirmation requesting any final items to be added and then we can reconfirm the exact balance to be paid plus the 5% commission. You then can enter the same online system with your reference code and make the balance payment.
If you prefer not to use the online system you can skype sas.travel and we can do a manual payment for you quickly and easily. Or you can use Western Union.
Terms & Conditions
SAS Travel TERMS and CONDITIONS
Inca Trail & Salkantay Trek 7 Day / 6 Night -Private Service -(Minimum 2 person.)
1.- You must advise SAS Travel of any medical problems or allergies. You need to be in good physical health and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 65, then you will need to present us with a current Medical Certificate.
2.- You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the service of the guide or tour please advise the principal guide in that moment so he can resolve any problems as soon as possible.
3.- You must pay for your tour in full by 12:00 noon, 5-2 days before your departure. If you want to pay your final balance in advance using a card please contact us, you can do this providing your cards details and authorization. We accept US$ Dollar cash or Peruvian currency Soles at our office in Cusco when paying the final balance. Our rate exchange is S/ 2.90 Soles for US$1 or cash US$. (You can withdraw Soles or US$ 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 trek, the total balance will be charged in US$ Dollars to your credit card plus the 5% commission.
4.- The student US$40 discount for use of student cards is regulated by the park itself, not SAS Travel. All student ISIC cards are validated by the control of the park and only accepted if you scanned a clear copy of your valid ISIC card through with your deposit at the time of booking and it was confirmed. A Youth Travel card is not accepted by the control.
5.- You must carry your original passport and valid ISIC card (if applicable) on the trail, If you do not take the correct passport as indicated in your permit, the control will annul your permit and request to pay a new Entrance admission. If for any reason, you organize a new passport after we have purchased your permits, you must bring the old passport with you, or if this is impossible advise us in writing with a scan of the old passport and your new passport for us to present to the INC with official documentation to avoid problems. Administration charge for this formal change is US$15.00
6.- Personal shared porter for 6 Kg is included in your trek, a duffle bag is provided at your briefing, still you need to carry a personal daypack with your belongings water bottle, camera and snacks.
7.- Change of dates is not possible after a permit has been processed and due to the Park regulations. It is non transferable nor refundable Permits. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that we do this because we are prohibited to re-sell your spot after you have cancelled.
8.- Cancelation made by Clients:
8.- a.- The Cost of the tour is based on the number of participant in the trek, if cancelation produce the deposit will be forfeited to cover fees payments.
8.- b.- Cancelation of tour once a permit has been registered up to 6 weeks in advance incurs a loss of booking deposit (US$300.00 non refundable fee.)
8.- c.- Cancelation of tour within 6 weeks to 2 weeks of departure incurs a loss of 60% of total tour cost...
8.- d.- Cancelation of tour within 2 weeks to 5 days of departure incurs a loss of 80% of total tour cost...
8.- e.- Cancelation of tour within 5 days - 36 hours of departure incurs a loss of 90% of total tour cost...
However we can organise an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu by train with overnight in Aguas Calientes joining your group and completing the tour as normal from here.
8.- f.- Cancelation of tour within 36 hours of departure incurs a loss of total tour cost...however we can organise an alternative tour to visit Machu Picchu joining your group and utilising your permit, completing the tour as normal from here within this cancellation penalty charge if train tickets are available . The only extra charge is the cost of the train to Aguas Calientes. US$60.00 or with a Vistadome upgrade US $79.00
9.- The full package includes: Transport to Cusco the train return depends on train company availability. The train company only confirm the train schedule option to trekking agencies a few days before a trek for one way tickets from Aguas Calientes in high season. The train schedule offered could be anywhere between 4pm and 9pm and usually requires a private bus connection from Ollantaytambo to Cusco provided by SAS Travel. Our preference would be a train departure between 5pm - 6pm but needs to have enough seats available to accomodate the group and usually this is not an issue except around large festivals such as Inti Raymi, Independence day and Easter.
10.- If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter 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, although there will be no refund from the original payment.we will, however, present you with a document to certify illness and which can be used to present to your travel insurance company.
11.- 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.
12.- 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.
13.- In extreme cases when “ Inca trail to Machupicchu” is declared closed for safety reasons SAS Travel can replace your trek with an alternative trek such as 7 day Lares trek or 7 day Choquequirao 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.
14.- Travel Insurance, we recommend that full travel insurance is taken, which includes cover, under certain circumstances, against the loss of deposit or cancellation charges. Please note that no reimbursements are given when cancellations occur or for any unused services.
SAS Travel will do everything possible to assure a safe and enjoyable trip but we will not accept any responsibility for damages, injuries, losses, expenses due to delays, for any cause whatsoever, this applies to any person or property in connection with any service we or our intermediaries provide, which result directly or indirectly from acts of God or forces mayor.
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