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07 November 2010
I would strongly consider doing the Inka Trail Trek with SAS. Beacuse of regulations and permits, it is a bit expensive (about $ 540US), but then it includes a lot of stuff you'd be paying for anyway... three night's lodging, all meals, entrance fees and a train ticket back to Cusco. One of the advantages for you is that you get to see/explore 5-6 "lesser" Inka sites along the way. The scenery is spectacular, and Machupicchu is not to be missed...SAS Travel took us a couple of months before (Aug.10), and they were Top Notch, very professional, they provided excellent English-speaking local guides, jummy trail meals and treat the porters with great respect. We all loved Fredd our head guide. He is a super cool Inca God !! with the perfect balance of knowledge, humor, encouragement and companionship, made last 4 days best of whole trip to Peru by far !! Thanks !!
Ben Clark USA
07 November 2010
They are not the cheapest (paid something like 540 USD) but I know I got a good value for my money.
I walked the Inca Trail in May and used SAS Travel (www.sastravelperu.com) - they are head and shoulders above all the other operators (they get a glowing recommendation in the LP guide) They have good new equipment, happy porters (with warm clothing and enough food) and what you will soon find to be most important of all - huge portions of fantastic food. On the final night all the other groups looked on in awe as our food was brought to the table. Ruben and Eder our trek guides were very knowledgeable, polite and caring, they were always checking on us throughout the entire trail, they were absolutely wonderful.
You don't actually walk from Cusco - but from the 82km marker at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley - a two hour drive from Cusco. The trek is four days of fairly strenuous walking, but only for a few hours each day - it's nowhere near as hard as everybody makes out. Take lots of water, some energy bars and have fun!
Most important thing to remember is BOOK AHEAD! The waiting list is sometimes four to six weeks long.
Plus I had been at high altitude for a month prior to the trek - and therefore had no problems, but it really affected some walkers. So good idea to spend some time in Cusco acclimatising beforehand. The cost is US$ 540 which includes bus out to Ollantaytambo and Train back to Cusco (fee to the trail is nearly $100) - if you want a porter to carry your pack it will cost another $60 - plus you need to allow for tipping the porters, can't for the life of me remember how much that was ($5-10 per day I think?) Might sound like a lot but it's worth paying a bit extra - some of the tours go as cheap as $350 USD , but I spoke to a couple who took one of these and had a thoroughly miserable time. Others out there may have different experiences. Amazing trip!
03 November 2010
Salkantay Trek with SAS Travel 27-31 July 2010
Overall, the Salkantay trek was an excellent and unforgettable experience, not only because of the beautiful landscapes and archaeological sites, but also because of the very enthusiastic SAS Travel team : Freddie, Basilio, Luis and Rolando.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about Inca Culture, Peru History in general and also knew how to keep motivated the group.
Few people in the group found the trek little difficult but Freddie and his staff were really caring.
Excellent service, very friendly guys.
03 November 2010
Lares Valley trek
The trek was amazing and the staff and our guide Wilfredo had a lot to do with it !!! Will was very passionate and proud of his Inka history, The camp food and campsites service was outstanding and exceeded all expectation... An excellent tour.
I am so impressed with the porters and kitchen crew... how they managed to bake and decorate a cake in the middle of no where. I have no clue. And even though they worked 10 times harder than us, they were always smiling. I loved every bit and will recommend SAS Travel to all my family and friends.
Can`t wait to visit Peru again.
24 October 2010
SAS was a great treking outfit, Lebos and Jesus were very wonderful guides, helpful and always looking out for our groups best interest, the porters were very pleasant and friendly. I would recommend SAS to anyone wanting to get the most out of a Inca Trail Hike!!!read more
11 October 2010
The guys from SAS were amazing, I never expected to be looked after so well and so professionally. I would most definately recommend them to anyone.read more
10 October 2010
Wow, what an awesome trek! Aldo was really great, along with the chefs and porters. We always felt safe, and the knowledge of the indigenous people was extensive. Although I had the ride the ambulance horse for a few hours on the second day due to altitude sickness, I would recomend this trek to anyone. Experience of a lifetime!read more
06 October 2010
We have just returned from the trip of a lifetime, raising funds for Action Medical Research. The whole experience was amazing from beginning to end but this was due, in no small part, to the magnificent service we received from SAS. I honestly can't find fault with a single aspect and all the staff were fantastic from the porters to the guides. However, I would like to give special mention to one of our assistant guides, Oscar, who personally took it upon himself to make sure I was O.K. from beginning to end. He led me on a horse when I was struggling with the altitude, carried my backpack when it got too much for me and even lent me his coat when it got really cold. Oscar, you were wonderful - thank you!read more
06 October 2010
Danny, Oscar, Jose Luis, Freddie, the porters, chefs, in fact everyone from SAS were amazing. You far exceeded my expectations and made my once in a lifetime trip truly special. The historical knowlege of Jose and Freddie really enhanced my experience. Well done SAS
06 October 2010
There is genuinely not a single thing about the SAS guys' service of which I could find fault in; Fred and Jose Luis, Danny and Oscar were all amazing tour guides. These guys were great but what went on behind the scenes was absolutely phenomenal! The SAS guys ensured a seamless transition from day to day meaning that the trek for us was an absolute pleasure. I will actually recommend the SAS guys wholeheartedly to a relative who is considering visiting Peru.read more
05 October 2010
Jose Luis, Freddie and Oscar!!! total legends!!!!
Could not ask for better guides and were fun, cheerful and most importantly supportive when it was needed. Thanks guys for making my trip so special and helping us achieve our aim for action medical research :)
....oh and freddie cheers for the Q'uechua tattoo translation x
25 September 2010
We did the Inca Trail from 4th of September, and your service was amazing.
Our guides Orlando and Dalmiro and the rest of the team did a really great job.
Our group was about 14 people and a really great community. On third night the whole group and the guides were playing cards together!
The service of the office was amazing too:
We had a night bus straight after the trek and we were a little bit afraid of missing it, but when we arrived with the bus in Cuzco there was a guide with the bus tickets and he got us a taxi to get to the busterminal.
the driver did it the south american way so we arrived at the terminal in time and we got our bus!
Thanks SAS for everything, it was a great experience!
Steph & Niko
08 September 2010
One of the best times of my life! Such a beautiful country! The food was amazing, the porters were great and my guide Hilbert made the whole thing hilarious and incredibly fun! I would do it again in a heart beat.read more
07 September 2010
I would like to recommend a travel company to hike the 4 day Inca Trail with - www.sastravelperu.com. The head guide Hilbert has an extensive knowledge about the Incan people, he has a great sense of humour and made my trip fun. He made sure we had help if it was needed and we were fed extremely well. I came away with lots of information about the Incans.
Hilbert has been hiking in the mountains and leading groups for more than 11 years so he knows his stuff.
The hike is a little bit challenging physically but is so worth it for the views alone, not to mention the great friends you make along the way.
I would love to go again some day as I have great memories of this trek.
Big hugs from Australia
Your friend: Robyn Shackell
07 September 2010
I did the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu with four friends and it was definitely one of the coolest trips I’ve ever taken. We did the four day option. The scenery itself was worth the trip. What surprised me is the variety in the environment there. It goes from dry and arid to snow cap mountains above the clouds to a subtropical jungle with lots of foliage. All in four days. And Machu Picchu itself is much bigger than it looks in the pictures.
The steps you have to climb to get through the city are huge. But the trip wouldn’t have been as much fun w/o our great guides, Hilbert and Amilcar. Both were super knowledgeable, friendly, and being of Inca ancestry, extremely passionate about their culture. We had a group of 16, so of course some people will be faster than others. But Hilbert and Amilcar were good at keeping the group together and making sure everyone had adequate rest before moving. Or as Hilbert would say, “What’s the hurry? Machu Picchu does not move!”
And the porters were incredible. They’re carrying 40lbs on their backs and running past us like supermen. And the food was gourmet. Not the dry, yucky macaroni most campers eat, but real veggies, chicken soup, pasta, the works. They even made a birthday cake for my friend. And the service was impeccable. Little things like giving each person a bucket of hot clean water and soap to wash your face, arms, and legs at every rest stop makes a huge difference when you’re hot and sweaty. If you’re planning on hiking the Inca Trail you can’t go wrong w/ Hilbert as your guide. Just take your time to enjoy the experience, or as my friend Hilbert would say, “No Pain…No Gain, Amigos!”
P.S: Take care….Thanks very much for this nice Adventure: Hilbert
05 September 2010
Just a note of thanks to SAS travel for a wonderful journey along the inca trail. I especially want to thank our guides, Fredd and Dalmiro for all the effort they put into making it such a great experience. They were always right there when they were needed and went over and above to help others. Our porters were outstanding and the food was delicious! Thanks again for a memorable experience!read more
05 September 2010
I'm a 20 year old American. I hiked the Inca Trail on the 28th of August. Thanks to my guides, Fredd and Eder, the Inca trail was the highlight of my trip to Peru. Fredd kept us on track, but always with respect and a sense of humor. I enjoyed learning about the culture and history from him. It is inspiring that he is so passionate about his country and his work. I noticed that Eder always listened carefully when Fredd was talking about the Incas/Quechua.
I was the only one in my group with a full pack. On the first night Fredd and Eder convinced me to hire a porter for the next day which was the hardest and longest. I'm glad that they did convince me because it was hard enough with the lighter pack. It was nice that they took care of me and it showed how experienced and caring they are.
It felt like we were a family. I will never forget the Inca Trail. I would like to go again with Fredd and Eder.
04 September 2010
I wanted to say thank you to SAS for a great trek. The service was outstanding and the food incredible. We were very impressed and will highly recommend SAS to our friends. We also wanted to thank Fredd and Dalmiro for being the best guides and leaders. They were also amazing and always helpful. Thanks again!read more
03 September 2010
My son and I went on an Inca Trail group trek to Machu Pichu in August and it was an excellent experience. SAS is very organized and has set it up so that trekkers get the very best experience. From excellent food and campsites, to great porters and guides. Our guides Fredd (head guide) and Dalmiro (asst. guide) were fantastic and really made the experience even more memorable for us. Fredd had a great way of sharing his incredible knowledge and obvious love of the environment and history, and making it fun all the while. I really liked the way we could ask any question about plants, animals, stars, history, archeology...and Fredd and Dalmiro had knowledgable and interesting answers. Both Fredd and Dalmiro brought a great mix of fun-loving participation and seriousness to the trek. They were very supportive in the great challenge (for us low-landers) of trekking the Inca Trail and did all they could to make sure we had the best experience possible, including fostering a sense of family and togetherness with our whole group. I would definitely recommend SAS to a friend and think they would be lucky to have Fredd and Dalmiro as their guides.read more
03 September 2010
My husband and I went to Peru for our honeymoon. We both got altitude sickness on the trek, but our guides, Fredd and Dalmiro (and the lovely porters), really helped us get through it and allowed us to enjoy the trek. I definitely would not have made it without them. They were concerned and kind, and never made us feel bad for being slow (even though we were). Fredd was extremely knowledgeable about plants, the land, the Incas, Machu Picchu, and anything else you wanted to know about Peru. We couldn't have asked for better guides.read more