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18 July 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.
14 April 2019
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.read more
14 April 2019
"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!
13 November 2018
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.read more
15 October 2018
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
09 October 2018
We did the Classic Inca Trail 5day/4nights from July 24 to July 28, 2018 and had the most exhilarating experiences! Our guides, Levorio and Eder were absolutely incredible and were always a hoot. Everyone in our group of 13 got along perfectly. We had the time of our lives and I will never forget it!
Morgan and Christina
18 July 2018
I Was in Peru in 2000 did the full Inca trail to Machu Picchu then went to the jungle had a wonderful time then went to lake titicaca stayed two nights on aman tani I loved my time in Peru sas travel were wonderful and very very helpfulread more
18 July 2018
SAS Travel, Liliana,Irwin,
Thank you for a wonderful trip. We really loved it! I will contact you for my next Inca Trail hike.
Thank you so much.
Me gusto Peru y SASTravelPeru!!
Kimberly Thorner y familia
08 July 2018
Completed the 4 day 3 night Inka Trail. Amazing group, our guides Eder (very funny) and Javier were amazing hosts, they not only accommodated us in every way but also looked after us and kept us entertained. Eds knowledge was very useful. Our fantastic Chaskis (porters) were beautiful, very hardworking, humble men, always smiling. Our chef and sous chef prepared the most delicious and substantial meals, over feeding us. Definitely not what we expected. Would highly recommend. Thank you SAS for the experience.read more
08 July 2018
Everyone at SAS Travel.
Thank you so much for making my Inca Trail experience SO WONDERFUL -
I had a really great time.Our guide Christian was hallarious, and kept everyone in really great spirits,even on the difficult days. People in other groups were staring at us,wondering where we found the energy to sing "in the Jungle" on the way up to Dead Woman's Pass, but it took our minds off the difficult climb ahead, and this was actually my favourite of all the days!! Please pass my thanks on to Christian and David, who kept me company at the back of the group.
Everyone I dealt with at SAS was just great - from my initial enquiries, to the guides, the cook and the staff at Aguas Callientes. It was a lovely treat arriving at the hostal at Aguas Callientes - I was expecting shared
dorms, but the private room with private bathroom were among the nicest rooms I've stayed in since I arrived on my budget holiday to South America.
I am really glad I spent the extra $40 or so to go with a trully exceptional company. I have already recommended SAS to other travellers and hope they
will do the same when they come down the mountain.
Anita Monaghan, Eva Tucker
04 July 2018
Words could never describe how incredible this adventure was in Cusco! I never considered myself a hiker or a camper but was looking for a challenge and a new way to explore the world. Sas travel are incredible and the people they bring together are amazing! They were easy to get in touch with when I had questions and made a scary experience so exciting! I would recommend an adventure like this to EVERYONE!
Thank you to Martin and Christian our guides Liliana and Irwin in Cusco office.
04 June 2018
Really enjoyed the 2 day Colca Canyon tour.
Our guide Henry and driver Emanuel were outstanding. There were plenty of opportunities for photographs and/or just plain contemplation of the amazing sights we visited during the 2 days; I did not feel rushed at all. Henry was very knowledgeable of the sites we visited and provided plenty of explanations and comments. Emanuel drove us safely throughout the tour. Standard accommodations in Chivay for this tour were very good. Communication with SAS Travel, pick-up and drop-off in Arequipa were smooth. Thank you all!
23 May 2018
Pick this tour group!
My friends and I had such an amazing experience with SAS Travel for our Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu! They had every little detailed planned and had all tickets pre-printed for us so that we didn't have to worry about a thing. Our guides, Ed and Davis, were incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. They also did a great job of making sure everyone in the group was comfortable and felt included. The food on our tour was INCREDIBLE. I felt like I was eating gourmet Peruvian meals during my entire trip, and these were especially appreciated after long days of hiking.
I feel like SAS Travel made a particular effort to ensure that their guapos (aka porters) were treated extremely well. They encouraged us to thank the guapos frequently and even to clap for them when they passed us on the trail.
I would highly recommend SAS Travel to any one considering hiking the Inca Trail!!
23 May 2018
Worth paying for quality!
I did no planning I advance for my Machu Picchu trek and just hoped things would work out for the best in Cusco. There are a million companies in the city when you arrive and choosing one is a bit of a struggle. My hostel offered Salkantay treks for about $180, but they seemed to skimp on everything and have lots of hidden costs, so I paid more for SAS, which had a good reputation online. I definitely think it was worth it - our group wasn't too big (8), our guide, Edgar, was excellent, and food was really good throughout. We got the Machu Picchu sunrise at 6am, and it's worth paying for that once-in-a-lifetime experience. Great trip!
20 May 2018
From April 28 until May 1st 2018 we walked the Inca trail with SAS Travel. It was a great outdoor experience! Our tour guides, Jhon and Edwin, spoke very good English and knew a lot about the history and Inca and Quechua culture. We had a fun hiking group of 9 people and the guides made sure that we all had a great time, taking into account everyone’s hiking abilities. The porters were quick and professional with the camping gear and woke us every morning with a nice cup of hot coca tea. The breakfast, lunch and dinner were of star restaurant quality, thanks to chef Julio! We would highly recommend everyone to do this trip with SAS Travel. Thank you! Saludos, Maartje and Hans from Holandaread more
28 March 2018
My son and I had a 5-day package. The tours were fantastic! All of the guides were knowledgeable, patient and provided an excellent tour and history of Peru. Hotel Marqueses was wonderful. The staff was very helpful. The hotel is beautiful and quaint. The highlight for us was the 1-day Inca Trail with Justino. The 1-day is a great alternative if you want to hike into Machu Picchu but are not up for camping out! The hike and scenery are fantastic! Justino is a great guide! I highly recommend this tour and SAS travel. Thank you for a vacation we will always remember.read more
31 August 2017
I recently did the 4 day Inca trail. Our tour guide was Isaac, and he was teamed up with an excellent chef- Walter, and porter team lead by Benedict. Isaac was excellent, definitely seemed like he was the most well connected, and positive guide on the trail. Walter was super impressive! I couldn’t believe the quality and diversity of the food he was serving- unreal! Benedict lead a very happy and hard worker group of porters. Overall, kudos to the staff team that you employee.
I will write a review on tripadvisor as well.
17 August 2017
Very well organized and executed. Cooks, guide and office staff were always quick with a solution and answered all questions. Of particular note, our guide Elias Lazo was both an expert in his country's history but an outstanding guide. I would highly recommend him. Staff and hotel accomodations at the Matqueses Hotel (two doors away from SAS office) was tremendous too. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip.read more
28 July 2017
Inca Trail - Classic 4D/3N -
- We did this trail with SAS Travel and Henry/Louis as our guide, Julio/Fred as our cooks, Smiler/Matteo/Bellisario/Enrique etc. as our porter team.
- This was a great team and always willing to help and made our hike very memorable.
- Overall, the hike was very enjoyable with food and views being the best part! The hardest was Day 2 and going down the steep stairs and the monkey steps on Day 4 to Initpunku.
- Hiking poles are very useful
Tips - 1 - Make sure to get electrolyte powder and keep hydrated.
2 - DO NOT Overpack (like we did!), lighter the better and maybe get a porter which was something we did not want to do but it might actually get someone employed.
3 - High socks, head lamps are recommended and the toilets at each site, except the first site are an experience I would like to erase of my trip.
Hike Orientation (pre-day 1 at 7pm) - Henry/Louis did a good job at orientation and this introduced us to the team and provided us with an overview of the hike.
Day 1 - We started out on a bus at 6am with the team, guides and cooks. We stopped for breakfast at Urubamba and got acquainted with rest of the team. Louis was good enough to point out some "Inca activators' - cocoa leaves and a black colored activator (probably Leija) and a eucalyptus concentrate (was very good to open up the lungs). Porters were picked up along the way at Ollataytambo and we proceeded to Km. 82 (which I believe is the rail road mile marker).
At Km. 82, we secured all our stuff and proceeded to the check point. We got a team picture at the trail's classic representative sign board. Passports and permits were verified ahead of crossing the bridge...and then we started the 4 Day "holy" trail with magnificent views of Mt. Veronica on our rear.
We had two Inca sites along the way and Henry was passionate about Inca culture in his descriptions and told us about "Pacahkuthec" (earth re-biulder - Thanks Louis!)
Overall, Day 1 (about 8 hrs, including lunch and breaks) was undulating (maybe 3X200m), although the schematic from SAS shows gradual climb up (1X200m). This is more like a pre-trail test and depending on how you feel, you can make a decision to continue or return.
The tents were already setup and there were hot showers here for 10/S and we could buy water etc. We had good views of veronica and the milky way's arm with an abstract view of a Llama and her calf which was somewhat used by Inca astrologers as an anchor.
We had happy hour with hot chocolate, tea, biscuits, coffee, conversation, POPCORN etc.
Breakfast - Papaya juice, Tea/Coffee, Bread/Scrambled eggs
Lunch - Ceviche to stat, Avoacado salad, Giant corn kernel cobs, rice, fish, mint tea
Dinner - I forgot to get a picture...Darn!
The bathroom was nice at this location and probably maintained by one of the villagers.
Tip - If you are at slow or on the latter half of the group to arrive, I would suggest starting early, say 15-30min, so you can catch up with everyone at lunch and then do the same so everyone meets up as close as possible at campsites etc.
Day 2 - We woke up early around 530am and before we started did introduce ourselves to the "Blue" team and vice-versa.
It was mentioned on the SAS travel graphic that today would be tough due to the ascent (~2000m). After a few minutes of ascent, we stopped for a quick break, sunscreen, bug spray, rest room etc., before we started the steep hike.
We ascended ~1000ft ahead of our first break, had a snack and then checked in with permit office. We started our second ascent ~1200ft. to Ayatapata. This was a good spot for break with rest rooms. The next ascent was ~1000ft to Llulluchapampa where we stopped for lunch. This has great views of parts of the Andes range.
This was a tough climb, but we kept slow and steady pace and reached the pass around 4pm enjoying the views around at ~13800ft (started at around 8800ft). It offered fantastic views of the surrounding mountain range.
The weather can change very rapidly here, the clouds started moving in with moderate visibility. We got to the campsite by 630pm.
This site had a lot of other groups camping as well, with common bathrooms (an experience I would like to erase of my Inca Trail trip).
Breakfast - Quinoa oatmeal, bread, jam, caramel spread, tea/coffee
Lunch - corn and veggie fritter?, Salad, Fried rice(with pork), Potato soup, Chicken in mushroom sauce
Dinner - As usual started with happy hour, pop corn etc., and I cannot remember but it was great!
Day 3 - It was a bit colder as expected and supposed to be the longest day. As we were slower than the group, we started hiking 20-30min earlier. The group caught up with us at the first Inca site, a watch tower, Runkurakay.
Then came the second pass, which offered similar views as dead woman's pass. It was also considered sacred to some extent to pile up stones and thank, "pachamma" - mother earth. We stopped here for a light snack.
The path after here was steep down until we reached the next Inca site. This was larger, was a watch tower, had a sacrifical place, living quarters etc. The second site's climb was very steep. We could also see another storage site and the lunch site site as well.
The path after this was undulating before it went steep down after Phuyupatamarca campsite. We were about one hour early than the group here and the weather changed very rapidly with clouds reducing visibility.
After here, we kept going down to Intipata, where there were more terrace farms and we could get beautiful views of the valley, train tracks and we saw a herd of llamas grazing.
After here, it was going down to the last campsite which also had a bunch of other teams.
Breakfast - Rice pudding(oatmeal?), bread, jam, tea/coffee, Omelettes
Lunch - Stuffed pepper, steak with mushroom, Egg Salad, Fried rice(with pork), lentil soup
Dinner - As usual started with happy hour, pop corn etc., Pizza etc. and I do not have a picture
- We had a little tipping ceremony for the porters this evening and the chef made a special CAKE!!!
Day 4 - After three days of beautiful weather, it started raining and kept on from the previous night to early this morning.
We woke up early as the porters had to pack up and leave to catch their train.
- There was some confusion on when to start, previous night briefing mentioned 530am but we had to basically pack everything up by 430am finish our breakfast and departed at 445-5am. After a brief walk, we came to a check point where our permits were verified. There was really bad stench at the point.
After checkpoint, the hike was undulating until it was very steep ("monkey steps") and then a gradual hike up to InitPunku where everyone was waiting for the fog to lift and get a glimpse of the Lost city of the Incas - Machu Pichu. We stopped here for maybe 15-20min and started our hike down. Along the way, we stopped at what is supposed to be "Customs" check during the Inca times with an altar to offer your prayers etc. Apparently, this was the place where only royals/nobility would enter and rest of the folks go back to Phuyupatamarca and hold.
We continued our hike down and got to the spot to get a representative view of Machu Pichu but it was still foggy and after about 15-20min, we started exploring rest of the sites. We went to the agricultural terraces, Temple of four elements, quarters, main square, Huayana pichu entrance, astronomical clock etc. where we ended the trip. The fog started to disperse around 11am and we went back up to get our pictures, took us about 20min. Ahead of going around the sites, we exited Machu Pichu and re-entered after leaving out bags at storage.
02 June 2017
We completed the Classic Inca Trail in May and just loved the experience. Elias was a wonderful guide and the porters and cook cooked up delicious food and looked after us so well. This is a once in a lifetime experience and not to be missed!read more