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O.K. SAS was fabulous. Minor disappointment? I was led to believe that the group would be small...from 8 to 16 trekkers maximum. There were 20 trekkers in our group. The dining tent was very crowded as a result and my sleeping tent ended up on nasty slopes two nights....making it difficult to sleep while constantly sliding down hill. I felt that the larger group caused less space in the campgrounds and less comfortable locations. I would also note that the porters, who set up the tents, seemed to have the most level and comfortable tent sites. Cannot say that I blame them. But we were paying the bills right? This needs to be addressed.
I want to emphasis that I am an avid backpacker and camper. I am not afraid to rough it or get dirty. So I don't expect to be pampered and understand that sleeping on the ground cannot always be perfectly comfortable. But wanted to point out the shortcomings anyhow.
Beyond that the trek was near perfect. Our main guide Freddy was incredible. Funny , entertaining and rugged. All that one could expect. We had a great group of Americans, Brits, Canadians and Australians. Ages ranged from early 20s to me who celebrated his 69th birthday in the Andes. I was the oldest by 7 years and about 30 years older than the average.
The trek was brutal. Climbing the steps to DEAD WOMAN'S PASS at 13,820 ft. elevation is a major challenge. I spent 2 month adding to my normal good conditioning and needed every bit of the endurance. Myself, my 29 year old son, 35 year old son-in-law and very tough 32 year old Canadian finished at the front of the pack every day....usually from 30 min. to one hour ahead of the group as a whole.
It was he most difficult physical thing that I have ever done. My worse day in Army basic training did not compare. Of course I was a 22 year old way back in 1969 Get in the best shape you possible can before doing this trek. If so...you will enjoy it despite the challenge.
As everyone says the food during the hike was incredible. Five star quality and multi-course meals three times each day. I ate lightly as always when trekking. But each meal was a feast if one chose to indulge.
Prior to the trek we acclimated for 3 days in Cusco at an elevation of 11,000 + ft. I think that is absolutely necessary unless one lives at a high altitude normally. We hiked around the city and visited many sites....all of which prepared us for the elevations to come. Cusco is a beautiful city,with many glorious sites and warm friendly people.
Let me say something about the Hotel Marquese where we stayed in Cusco. We thought it was just marvelous. 400 years old with old world charm. Comfortable beds, pretty courtyard, abundant buffet breakfast each day and friendly, helpful, staff. It is located right next to SAS travel making connections very easy. If ever I travel to Cusco again....I will absolutely say at the Hotel Marquese.
Lastly I must add a word about Aquas Caliente. We stayed there at the Hostel VIAJEROS after our trek on the last day. I absolutely loved the small, relaxed environment of the village. No roads, no cars, just folks on the streets. We had a wonderful dinner there at a very nice resturant. Excellent meal. $15.00 U.S including drinks. The HOSTEL VIAJEROS was part of our package and only added $20.00 to the price. It is where the tour ends, our personal belongings were returned and we had an inclusive buffet lunch. I had read terrible reviews about that hostel and the food. Well things must have changed for it could not have been nicer. Food was good, the staff friendly and helpful the rooms comfortable. Yes it was a bit noisy...but after trekking for 4 days and sleeping in tents....we soon fell into a deep sleep of over 9 hours. What a bargain for only $20.00 including lunch breakfast the next morning.
So...it was a great time. The hardest thing that I have ever done. A memory maker for myself and 4 sons. If every I return....SAS Travel will be my number one choice. I wouldn't change a thing....save a few less trekkers and a more level camping site. Very minor complaint for sure!
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Amazing tour with very professional persons, awesome guide Freddy and top chef cooker; the porters are extraordinary guys.
We had the best time with SAS Peru. Our guides Danny (Ramirez) and Ron were brilliant. Both are exceedingly helpful and always filled our days with knowledge and anecdotes. The company is very professional and the 4 day hike takes your through a stunning variety of terrains with a good level of exercise but enough breaks for the average person suffering from the altitude. As mentioned by others, the food is incredible. Seeing Machu Picchu on the 5th day was just the icing on the cake of a fantastic trip. Danny provided an in-depth tour of the site and was able to answer all questions. Unforgettable experience! Thanks so much Danny and Ron!
My two daughters and I recently hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with SAS. It was an awesome experience from beginning to end. Registration was easy & pre-trek information was helpful. Our guides, Aldo1 & Aldo2, were friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. The equipment was of good quality and clean. The food was unbelievable! We are vegetarians and our cooks went above and beyond providing us with delicious and varied dishes through out the trek. SAS did a superior job of providing us with a flawless experience. Thank you to our guides (especially Aldo 2 who stayed with and supported me as I struggled with altitude), our chaskis (porters), our cooks and everyone at SAS.
I sent comments earlier on my experience with SAS on this tour and would like to add that our experience at the Margueses Hotel was also excellent! The service was friendly, room was comfortable and clean, breakfast tasty and we really appreciated being able to store our extra luggage there while hiking.
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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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