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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.
As a general comment, SAS was an excellent company. Great people, great equipment, and great food. I never saw another group that had something or did something that we didn’t. I never found myself saying, “I wish our group did that.” SAS Travel is a great value when you do the math (Machu Picchu ticket, train ticket, bus tickets, meals, etc.). It really becomes an inexpensive excursion.
Eddy Wilfredo was our lead guide for the 4D/3N Inca Trail trek. I can honestly say that I could not have asked for a finer guide. Eddy is local to the Sacred Valley and clearly loves the Inca culture and history. He is extremely knowledgeable and a great communicator (even in English). Eddy did a great job explaining the big picture of the Inca culture and how the trail, sites, and cultural beliefs all tied together. On the trail, Eddy was always a positive, motivating force. He was calm and did not ever rush the hikers. Rather, he encouraged everyone to hike at their own pace, and he provided many opportunities for the group to gather back together.
In our group, we had one hiker who fell quite ill to altitude sickness. Eddy remained calm and went to Herculean efforts to help this hiker along the trail (the hiker ultimately finished the trek and made it to Machu Picchu). That would not have been the case without Eddy’s compassion and leadership. A truly superior guide!
Here are a few things I wish I had known (mid-March trek):
• I found it warm during the hike (mid-March trek). I always hiked in shorts and a t-shirt. I found that even in light or moderate rain, I tended to lean forward. My front stayed dry; my back was covered by my pack (pack cover is a must); and a wide-brimmed “boonie” hat kept the water out of my face. My arms would get wet, but that was rather refreshing.
• Nothing will dry. It rained every night, but generally cleared during the day. Being wet during the hike was no big deal. Just have dry clothes to change into.
• Camp shoes are nice. I always just used flip flops, but my son uses Teva sandals. I liked the sandals better. They allowed you to wear socks. It got a little cool in the evening. I wanted to take a break from my hiking boots, but my feet got cold during dinner.
• The tents were very waterproof. They did great. It rained every night (typically cleared during the day).
• Don’t worry about the pace. The guides were very patient. There are plenty of opportunities to catch up with the group. They encourage you to walk at your own pace. Guides will assist weaker hikers.
• The Inca Trail 4D/3N is no joke. Be in shape, have the proper gear, and take your altitude meds properly. You will enjoy the experience much more.
• When you get to Cusco, stop by the SAS Travel office (even before the 7 pm departure brief) to make sure that your name and passport number are correct on all of the paperwork.
• A Camelbak was great on the trail. It was also nice to have a bottle available for meals. They do a lot of tea at meals, but not a lot of water on the table.
• If you are a really fast hiker, bring a book. There will be time to kill. Don’t worry, it’s all good. My son’s (fast hiker) favorite “time” was the hour that he spent at Intipata sitting in the sun on the beautiful terraces. It was quiet and isolated.
• You won’t need Steri-pens, iodine tablets, or filters. Their boiled water is sufficient, safe, and provides the requisite volume.
The Trek director Ilbert was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. So were Paulo and Marcial. All of the staff were competent and friendly. The trail cook prepared excellent meals, and the porters and others were terrific. I could not have asked for a better support team.
Hiking the Inca trail was a bit of a challenge for me. But with this support team it was amazingly safe and an excellent experience.
The Marquesas was a comfortable place to stay. It was clean and quiet and conveniently located in Cusco.
The kitchen staff prepared wonderful meals.
I highly recommend this to anyone.
Hi Robyn and SAS Travel,
We returned from our trip to Peru 2 weeks ago. I just wanted to thank you and SAS for a fantastic time! Everything was perfect, We were always met at the airport, bus and train stations on time, the food on our tours was great and the Hotel Marqueses was beautiful! All of our guides along the way were knowlegable, friendly and accomodating to every ones needs. The staff at the Marqueses were friendly and helpful and I must give a special thank you to Liz in the breakfast area. Not only were the breakfasts at the hotel fantastic, Liz met us every day with a big smile and lots of information on the area and sights to see. She is a great asset to the Marqueses!
I highly recommend SAS Travel. Thanks again Robyn.
John and Ruth Swan
Back in October this year we had a fantastic time walking the Inka Trail to Muchupicchu with SAS Travel, the food was 5 star, and our guide Fredd second to none. SAS helped make a holiday of a life time, it not only met our expectations but exceeded them. We also took up your recommendation and did the 2 day tour of Lake Titicaca and this just built on the experience. When setting out on the Lake Titicaca tour the three of us never though we would be dancing in national costume at 3800 meters, so a very big thank you to you and your team who helped make our holiday so unforgettable. Valerie Cook
My husband and I just returned from the Inca Trail trek. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had. My husband has been on several other treks with different companies in different countries and said that SAS Travel was far superior. Our guide Alvaro was incredible -he was funny, warm, helpful, caring, and genuinely wanted everyone to have a great time. He was also extremely knowledgeable and taught us many things we will never forget. Anyone that treks with Alvaro is very lucky! We also had amazing food cooked by the incomparable Humbertto, it was a gourmet feast at every meal! Hernan was another fabulous guide that ensured we were all safe and comfortable as we trekked. And the porters did everything in their power to make this a memorable trip which it absolutely was. I highly recommend SAS Travel and hope that others are able to experience the Inca Trail trek with this wonderful group of individuals.
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SAS Travel is supporting many of the community projects run by Hotel Marqueses: Eg. "Cusco Hospital Regional Project", "Walk a Mile in my shoes", "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. The project in the Cusco Regional Hospital is partly play therapy and so larger durable toys (like second hand fisher price items) are lent to the children not as presents but as part of daily therapy activities and are always appreciated. Smaller toy/ gifts are used for children spending Birthdays in Hospital or who have been specifically identified as having a particular need. Medicines such as Rifamacina, are what are gifted for patients particularly in the Burns Unit. Any one bringing a donation is welcome to come with us to the hospital to see the project and donate personally. Thank you.
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