Pioneer supporting sustainable, responsible & ethical tourism in Peru.
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South American Handbook (Footprint)
Lonely Planet Peru Guide
South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet)
Peru Handbook (latest edition)
Cusco & the Inca Trail Handbook
The Inca Trail Cusco & Machu Picchu(Trailblazer),
Moon Handbooks Peru (latest edition),
Andean Travel Web Guide to Peru
South American Explorers Club.
Awarded Best Cusco Travel Agency by the Ministry of Tourism.
Zoe GreenbergJuly 2019
Dear SAS Office Staff and Team,
We just finished up your Lares trek this evening and I wanted to write to tell you what a wonderful group of staff members you have. I’m sure you are already aware but both of our guides, Julio and Felipe, were incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and kind. It felt as though they constantly knew exactly what the group needed and made it happen and they were so positive during what I am sure could be a very difficult job. These type of trips depend so much on the outlook on the staff that lead them and I feel incredibly lucky to have had such wonderful guides.
In addition the food that was prepared by our chefs was so delicious and just to our dietary needs. We felt so lucky to try such delicious Peruvian food especially as vegetarians and have none better in Peru than on your trek. All of the staff were incredibly kind and friendly despite the hard work that they were doing and I would highly recommend every person that was a part of our team.
Thanks to you for putting together such a wonderful group of staff members and sharing them with us.
Words can not describe how amazing the Inka Trail hike is. with SAS. I had an incredible time. The trip was extremely well planned. Our main guide, Evert, was one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met. There was not a flower he did not know or an anthropological, or archaeological, question he could not answer. After the Inka Trail with him, one should earn three credits for college. Evert was assisted by the caring and helpful Cesar.
"The experience was fantastic".
My wife, son and I just took the 3 day / 2 night tour to the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu. The experience was fantastic. Hiking the Inca trail, even for one day gave us a unique perspective to the area and history. Martin, our tour guide in the Sacred Valley was attentive and informative. Diego, our guide for the trail and sanctuary did a wonderful job telling us about the cultural and natural history of the area. Overall we would book again with SAS Travel. Thank you so much!
We did the trek (4-day Inca trail, jungle and Colca canyon) a couple of weeks ago. Absolutely amazing. Very well organized and an extraordinary memory. Thank you sastravel, with John (Inca-trekk, nice, calm, caring and experienced guide. You are with us John!), Christian (Sacred valley, very good guide!), chef and porters. There is so much to say, but it is all superlatives.... I highly recommend you to friends who are asking about the adventure.
We trekked the Inca trail with SAS Travel in Cusco and it was a truly amazing experience, the food was top grade and the guides spoke excellent English and had great knowledge of the Inca sites and way of life which added a lot of value to the tour. Porters, cooks and guides are amazing. I would highly recommend.
San Diego LA
We can not do great things in this world. We can only do small things with great love.(Mother Teresa). Small Actions = Big Changes.
For more than 27 years SAS Travel -a highly recommended cultural and adventure tour operator based in Cusco created by an entrepreneur and professional mountain guide from Cusco´s University, brothers, sisters and family. Our goal is to create trips of a lifetime, we strive to deliver amazing trips where the most important elements for the success of our tours are our skilled, dedicated and caring staff, leaders, guides, porters and cooks but overall since our beginning it was the strong desire to create job for our andean farmers our porters, poor and unlucky rural peasants and their families from Andean communities those unprivileged humble, oppressed and diminished people used to eat only maize and potatoes everyday and most of them with bare feet, and their kids without opportunity to go to the school. We are very privileged to be able to use some percentage of our profits to dedicate and contribute something back to our indigenous people of Cusco´s communities. Thank you to our -trekkers friends from UK, Australia, Canada and USA because your valuable contributions made true completely our dreams and it has allowed us to help persistently to our people. Most travelers who visit Cusco only can see one side of Cusco in the city without realizing the existence of so many forgotten andean communities around the valleys and mountains, remote andean villages where they live isolated, struggling with their poverty and far away from the state rulers and government support.
Tourism industry in Cusco is changing lives for many Cuzqueños, it generates work for guides,drivers,office staff, cooks, porters etc. 100% of porters for Inca Trail come from 10-15 andean communities so you can understand the controversy of the unemployed people in Cusco and the social strikes on streets protests are common to see.Tour guides and cooks live in Cusco. Most cooks started working as porters on Inca Trail and thanks to their dedication and opportunities received by SAS Travel they could afford to study, learn spanish and english and become trek guides and many are working successfully. Most of their children now are studying also so one day soon they will start contributing to their families and their community.
We remember visiting the villages of our porters every year on top hill of Pisac town communities as Cuyo Chico, Sacaca, Amaru, Pampallaqta, Chawaitire or around Chincheros or around Chacan, Anta where we have donated educational materials for our porteris children, books, school materials, computers for schools second hand clothes, shoes, groceries and meals as well... without realizing that with these small contributions we were changing lives of numerous families, those kids will be the new peruvians generation very proud to belong to Quechua´s heritage, the new peruvians of XXI century, they will be able to see a clear and prosperous future, they are hard workers but over all honest people with their community with empathy to live in solidarity and because one day they found an opportunity in their lives and all of this happened thanks to you dear traveller to help us to help our campesinos and their families and finally we are so grateful and pleased to have brought them so much courage, so much love, so much compassion, hope and peace.
If you are neutral in situation of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Desmund Mpilo Tutu. South Africa.
Not all here is pleasant plazas, archaeological marvels and fantastic stories from Inca´s times. Life is difficult and often a struggle for many campesinos farmers here in the Andes and so we hope that you also realize this brings another side with it to our impression of Cusco and we do not want to hide it.
So if you have an interest in knowing what the rural farmers are struggling economically and then requiring hospital treatment for one of their family has to deal with then check out our hospital support project.
PLAY GROUNDS FOR CHILDREN.-
In 2006 thanks to Mr Jonathan Bryan boss from Discover Adventure we together build bathroom and a play ground for a kinder garden in Anta, town of one our porters, cooks and helpers Donation of computers to the school in Anta.
Play grounds in the school of Quelloquello
Christmas gifs for Kids and food for people in Quiswarani near Lares
Play ground in the Kinder garden of Cuyo Chico
Construction of weaving work house in Pampallaqta in Pisac
School desks, wooden floor and educational material in Chawaytire
Also a small project run in Hotel Marqueses by SAS staff is the -Wawa wasirun each Saturday so you are welcome to read on and visit us!
ICA AND PISCO EARTHQUAKE.-
In coordination with the AATC a Cusco Tour Agencies Association we sent 200 hundred tents and 200 wool blankets, water, rice and sugar in our bus-truck, thanks to Mr Jose Zavaleta our experienced driver who cooperate in this great help to our brothers and sisters in Pisco and Ica.
LUCRE RAIN DISSASTERS.-
Our great cooks as Julio Conde, Guido Humpire, Humberto Gonzales , Julian Huaman, Hilario Sallo, coordinators and camp helpers organized and prepared food to offer this people who suffered from this nature rains disaster, many of their mud bricks houses collapsed and local institutions as Defensa Civil or Indeci never assisted, thanks as well to voluntaries who can with us to help. When some other owners of tour companies and guides went there to take pictures... when we were sharing and providing meals for this unfortunate local people.
HELP FOR PEOPLE IN YUCAY.-
Our cooks and porters prepared and offered food for 1000 person in the rain disasters around Cusco in 2010 in Lucre, Huacarpay, Yucay, Calca (also blankets, tents, sleeping bags and mattress provided).
TRAVEL with PURPOSE and PASSION.
Proyects with Charities from aboard tour companies as Discover Adventures UK, Far Frontiers UK, Calpoly College USA, Overland Adventures USA, Moondance Adventures USA, Inca Tours Australia, SAS Travel Peru strives to channel the generous contributions from our clients so that they reach the local people directly.
Play Ground and Bathrooms in Santiago Kindergarten Chacan Izcuchaca.
Kids Play Ground in Qèllo Qèllo community School in Pisac.
Kids Play Ground in Pampallaqta Community School in Pisac.
Computers gift for Chacan School 2006 Miles Buckinghamshire
Walk a Mile in My Shoes Proyect
EDUCATION is a KEY to CHANGE the WORLD.-
Educational Materials in Chacan, Quiswarani, Huacawasi, Cuncani, Pallata, Chincheros, Piuray Lake, Qello-Qello, .. so many people to thank...but Beth Cummings (Shetland Islands) who donated her entire 2007 Birthday money to support many activities and ensure that so many children received educational materials in isolated communities will be thanked for many years.
Helping Choquecancha, (Lares) Chincheros, Pampallaqta, Qeros near Paucartambo Communities Weavers so they can sell their beautiful work at Hotel Marqueses.
This is a SAS Travel and Hotel Marqueses Project to enable weavers in isolated mountain communities to sell their products direct to the public and by cutting out the middlemen who take all the commission ensure fair pay for their work but overall get have a safe place for a fair money.
Education Scholarships for some individuals who lack resources to realize their valuable potencial.
LETS LEAVE A TREE FOR TOMORROW.
Construction of the WEAVER HOUSE in Pampallaqta Far Frontiers UK
Educational Material for Children in Chawaytire in 2009 and 2011 and Pampallaqta. Far Frontiers UK -
Wawa-Wasi Children of single working mum`s Project, Library, Activity, Toy room and weekly nutritious meal.
Values, Moral and Material Support for young -working boys shoe shiners, etc The young working boys Hotel Marqueses.
Wawa Wasi Projects are generously supported and made possible by the kindness of the Canadian Community.
SAS Travel Peru is committed to sharing the spirit of Christmas giving and participates in activities distributing presents, meals / hot chocolate to around a 1000 children. All of these small activities could not happen without the support we have received from so many tourists and so have named our CD of photos (We couldn`t have done it without YOU) We want to take this chance to thank you sincerely for bringing out childrens shoes, clothes and educational items which have been so gratefully received and people who generally supported the Ica Earthquake Victims in so many ways.
LITTLE HELP TO MARCACHEA IN QEROS.-
Help to transport their potatoes production to sell in Cusco.
Help with food for 50 families to the community of Marcachea in Qèros, thanks to Far Frontiers UK -2011 (Mr Murray and Andrew)
I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is duty. Confucious.
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than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails." "Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain
Life is a Collection of experiences... let us be your guide...!!!
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, Amaru Choquecancha, Sacaca,
Pampallaqta, Paru Paru. Thank you.