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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
03 August 2010
My wife and I selected Peru for our honeymoon and knew we wanted to hike the Inca Trail and end at Machu Picchu. After doing some research we decided to choose SAS as our tour agency during the trip...and we are so happy we did!
The service from the porters and the chef were wonderful and they made this dream of ours possible.
Fredd and Oscar were our guides and were spectacular. There passion and knowledge was exceptional. They were fun, energetic, kind and professional. Their lectures were entertaining and informative and I truely believe no other company can match their knowledge of this trail, the Inca People and the way of life of the native people. We have been on many world tours and they were the best guides we have had yet!
Thank you for everything SAS!
Haelie and Alex Carter
26 July 2010
Family-like relationship between guide and porters. A real concern for welfare of everyone - especially the trekkers. Comfortable personal relationships during a strenuous physical adventure. Aldo, our guide was well organized, sincere, prideful of his heritage and very attentive to the concerns of everyone.
Highly recommended ++!!
7-11-10 to 7-14-10.
22 July 2010
My best friend and our brothers did the 3 day Huchuy Qosqo Hike and Machu Picchu Tour. Our tour guide was Rueben and he was amazing! Rueben and team really took care of us (especially me as I got really bad altitude sickness and Rueben was able to identify the signs even before I started to feel them). Everyone at SAS is extremely helpful and the tour was very well organized. The trip was amazing, the views beautiful and the perfect experience for folks who have about one week to travel. Would highly recommend SAS and Rueben/team!read more
04 July 2010
Dear Mr. David Quintana,
I recently completed the four-day trek to Machu Picchu with your tour company and I just wanted to let you know what a great experience it was. You have a wonderful trekking staff—guides, cooks, and porter—who made our experience unforgettable. I want to especially commend our guides Fred and Valentin. What wonderful men they are. They treated everyone in our group with much respect, courtesy, and compassion. Both guides are very skilled at what they do and possess excellent leadership qualities.
I spent a career in the U.S. National Park Services, working in many USA national parks. My job for many years was to train national park rangers to lead interpretive walks, hikes, tours, and campfire programs in the national parks. I regularly audited and evaluated the interpretive presentation skills. I must tell you that after spending several days with your guide Fred, as he interpreted the natural and cultural features along the Inca Trail, and especially Machu Picchu, I saw in him a gifted and talented interpreter. Fred is not only knowledgeable about the Inca history, his presentations bring the history alive. He has a gift for illustrating his words and making an emotional connection with his audiences. As I noticed, listened, and observed the many other tour guides swarming the Machu Picchu site–who all seemed to be following the same script–I thought to myself how fortunate our tour group was to have Fred as our guide. He shared with us a depth of information and insight that I fear very few Machu Picchu visitors will ever receive. You are blessed to have such a talented man and leader on you staff.
Although I didn't get to spend as much time with guide Valentin as I did Fred, because Valentin had to spent most of the trip skillfully and compassionately bringing up the rear with struggling trekkers, but what I was able to observe in Valentin a man who is willing to do whatever takes to make your trek experience special. His constant, encouraging smile, his eagerness to help and assist, and his steadiness of character gave us all confidence that we would make it safely to our campsite each night and to our final destination, Machu Picchu. To me, Valentin represents the best in your Peruvian culture: kindness, honesty, health, and an open heart.
Mr. Quintana, thank you for providing us with such well trained guides. I will not hesitate to recommend your travel company to all of my USA friends, my only hope is that all your guides hold the same high standards I found in Fred and Valentin. Please convey my warmest thanks and appreciation to them both.
Norman (Terry) Lindsay
SAS Tour participant May 16-20, 2010
02 July 2010
Here's a shot of our wonderfull tour. It's thanks to Fred and Valentine that we had such a wonderfull educational trip with the WHOLE group. They've let us go our own way (after evalution from them) while paying more attention to the less physical attendees. Which me and Malin realy appreciated!. It felt like it was OUR tour. Thank you SAS and especiallly thank you to Fred and Valentine!!!
All the best from Holland and believe us It's THE TRIP to endure (we carried our own luggage) and enjoy.
Tip: do the wayna Picchu if you feel up to it.
29 June 2010
I would like to express my deepest and most sincere gratitude to SAS for an amazing and unforgettable trek along the Inca Trail. From the first email before our trip until our departure from Cusco, everyone at SAS took excellent care of my mom, my aunt, and me, but I especially want to thank our guides: Valentin and Fredd. We literally would not have made it to Machu Picchu without them.
We knew going into the trek that we would be the slowest of the group, but we were unprepared for the altitude sickness and exhaustion. After the first half hour of hiking, we only saw the rest of the group and Fredd at a few rest stops, meals, and in the evenings. When we did see Fredd, he was a wonderful guide; very knowledgeable, outgoing, friendly, and concerned for our well being. At Machu Picchu especially, he demonstrated an extensive archaeological understanding, and my only regret is that we were not fast enough to spend more time with him and the rest of the group. Valentin stuck with us at the back for the entire trek, and I sincerely believe that it was only his patience, encouragement, and care that got us to Machu Picchu.
Beginning on the first day, my aunt unfortunately had a hard time and struggled with altitude sickness and exhaustion. As would become our trend, darkness fell before we reached camp, and we needed to stop every few feet to take a break. But Valentin, who had been with us all day, kept up his enthusiasm and encouragement. Fredd and several porters, despite having already reached camp and seen to the needs of the rest of the group, returned to us for the last part of the trek to light our path and help us for the rest of the way to camp. Once there, they administered oxygen to my aunt and made sure we were as comfortable as possible.
At the beginning of the second day we were amused to see that we had been assigned our own personal porter, Benedicto, who quietly shadowed us like a guardian angel for all of the second and third days just in case we needed more help. Despite having to take care of three rather slow hikers, Valentin and Benedicto never complained. I cannot possibly express my appreciation enough. Valentin treated my mom and aunt as if they were his own much-loved and respected mother and aunt, and helped keep my worry for them at bay by pointing out orchids, describing the Inca ruins, and trying to teach me Quechua.
In addition to Valentin, Fredd, and Benedicto, the other SAS porters, cooks, and coordinator all helped make the trip amazing. Each meal was a delicious masterpiece that nevertheless accommodated multiple dietary restrictions, and we were completely spoiled by being gently awoken each morning with hot tea. The care that was provided by everyone at SAS enabled us to overcome the altitude sickness and exhaustion and enjoy the spectacular trail and ruins; left to our own devices, we would have been absolutely miserable, and I highly doubt we would have made it to Machu Picchu. I have a great deal of respect and gratitude for everyone who helped create this amazing experience and who shared the history, culture, and beauty of the Inca Trail and those who created it.
This experience changed my life, and I will never forget the hike or the wonderful people we met along the way. I cannot find enough words to express my gratitude, so I will close by simply saying thank you; muchas gracias; sulpayki.
23 June 2010
The Inka Trail that I took with my daughter Susie was a fantastic adventure for both of us. Hilbert ("Hold Your Llamas") was a super guide who gave us the impression that the Inka Trail was a special journey through the ancient world of Nature (mountains, rivers, valleys, etc.) that we should share with everyone.
Thank you for organizing such a wonderful group of guides and porters.
Paul & Susie Wigowsky
June 5-8, 2010