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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
21 June 2010
Many thanks to all at SAS,in particular our guide Carlos the cooks and the horse handlers for making our experience on the Lares Trek at the end of May so memorable.Although the weather reminded us of home when crossing the high passes we had a great time in such a remote and beautiful area.We were also given the opportunity to meet some of the people who lived in the high mountains and have fond memories of 100 year old lady who allowed us all to have lunch in her home surrounded by her family and animals.We were amazed at the quality and variety of the meals created by our cooks at the campsites using only a gas burner and enjoyed the stories and information given to us by Carlos at mealtimes and throughout the trek.All in all a fantastic time!
19 June 2010
I would highly recommend the Inca trail with SAS, particularly with Jose and Valentin as guides. They were fantastically knowledgeable and made the four day trek in April/May one of the highlights of my six week trip around South America. Jose and Valentin were especially kind to me since I was still recovering from the injuries I had sustained after being mugged in Cusco right before starting the trail. A big thanks and a big hug to both of them! (Thanks also to the porters, who do such a fantastic job, and to the chef who made the best pancakes I have ever tasted!)read more
12 June 2010
I would like to thank Jose, Wilfredo, Amilka, Danny and all those most fantastic porters for ensuring that our trip to Peru really was the trip of a lifetime. Their insight into the Inca way of life was so inspiring. Their sensitivity towards each person in our group was heart warming. The scenery completely amazing and the chance to experience the Inca traditional way of life is something I shall never forget. Thankyou so very much for a fantastic trip.
(Don't you just love the photo of the Andean Boy!)
04 June 2010
Both guides were phenomenal. Wilfredo, the main guide, was expert at explaining each part of the trail as well as each historical site; it was clear that his enthusiasm resulted from knowledge of the facts, but more importantly from a deep respect and connection with his culture and its spirituality. Eric, the second guide, stood out as a leader in both his care and attention to the well being of everyone in the group and his limitless positivity. He made sure each member of the group had enough water and was feeling well at each point on the trek. He told jokes to cheer us up or walked with the last people of the group to make sure everyone was in high spirits and was enjoying the endless beauty surrounding us. Future groups would certainly benefit from having him as a main guide as he is very knowledgeable, funny, and enthusiastic. Furthermore, I would highly recommend SAS Travel as it is a professional and well-run organization, which offers trips that could change your perspectives and challenge you to change your life. Trek on!read more
21 May 2010
We were in Peru for three weeks for our honeymoon. The Hotel Marqueses was not originally in our plans for travel but was recommended to us by a friend of a friend. What a great recommendation! The service was wonderful and we loved our charming room overlooking the street and plaza. We were only slated to spend one night there as a stop along our trip but we changed our plans from staying in another hotel in Cusco to include five nights at the Hotel Marqueses. We have already recommended the hotel and SAS Travel to others we know who are looking into Peru as a destination for travel.read more
17 May 2010
We were in the group with SAS Travel during the extreme weather in the end of February with Fred and Ramiro as our guides. We want to express our gratefulness to our guides that practically saved us. During the last days when there were avalanches and landslides on the mountain and people were dying around us, they acted very professional and responsible. They took us over the mountain with deep knowledge and experience about the weather conditions and the nature. For that we are forever thankful. They are not only good guides, but also good psychologists and became good friends of ours during these scary days. They calmed us down, made jokes and treated us very well.
They saved our lives.
Please, forward this message to them and be aware of that you have the best guides ever.
We are also grateful to you at SAS that took good care of us when we finally got down to Aguas Calientes. We will recommend SAS Travel to all our friends.
17 May 2010
For the General Manager of SAS Travel:
December 23 - 26 my family hiked the Inca Trail with SAS Travel.
It was unforgettable, incredible, and a super excellent experience !
A reason by the success of the trip is, in my opinion, the very good organization of this company SAS Travel.
From the people in the office to the people in trek, the quality of the equipment (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) everything helped to the excellent super experience. Finally I want to comment on the guides (Saul and Valentin).
These two gentlemen were so good, so professional, that it would be difficult to imagine that there are better guides in SAS Travel or Peru generally. Both of them showed us a mix of enthusiasm, knowledge of history, and discharge handling of the variety of situations in trek always being in which we (the clients) we felt comfortable and safe.
It is important to understand that I have 53 years, that I have much experience in Latin America….experience that does to me little cynical, and for that reason to live 4 days with Saul and Valentin, it had put my wife and 3 children basically in his hands, and to have a experience of our life is something that Saul, Valentin, and SAS Travel can be proud.
Thanks of my heart.
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06 May 2010
Dear David and other SAS staff,
This is a very late thank you for your excellent service when we visited Cusco in July 2009. (I meant to write earlier and can hardly believe that 9 months have already passed.)
We were so pleased with your services. We liked the Hotel Marqueses which you recommended and reserved for us.
It had a charming atmosphere and the location was very convenient to your office and to the main plaza. When you learned of the national transportation strike, you notified us immediately and made all the adjustments to change us from the 2 day Machu Picchu tour to the one day tour. With the extra day in Cusco, we took the one day Sacred Valley tour which was a real highlight.
We would highly recommend it !!
All in all, you came through with all that you promised in a very efficient and professional manner.
Thank you again.
Mabel and Ken Snyder
05 May 2010
Quiero que dar las gracias para organizar mi viaje, a todos los personas de SAS Travel, particularmente mi guia Roberto, sin quien no es possible esta viaje inolvidable. No solo disfrutaba el viaje, sino tambien como lo puede ver, mi Espanol ha mejorado mucho. Como lo recomienda por Roberto, yo visitaba Museo de Oro en Lima and lo encontraba maravilloso.
Seguro que Peru es un Pais muy bonita y su gente.....aun mas.
02 May 2010
I just want to thank SAS Travel Peru For taking superb care of my son & myself on our 4/18/2010 4 Day Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu. The Food, Porter Support, tents & gear were First Class. In a class of their own were the 3 Guides, Jose, Oscar & Edison, who gently coaxed this old guy along the route. Jose's comprehensive & heartfelt interpretations of architectural sites & flora & fauna & historical information left us with a deep respect for Inca & Quechua culture. Thanks!!!
Roger & Reed Mauser Long Island, New York, USA
30 April 2010
The trip 6 Days to Manu was WONDERFUL
We had a great time! The guide Luis was super and it is in your honor to have such a person.
Great Cook Humberto, always very helpful, again in your honor to have him.
Boat driver and Assistant-very very good; driver really knew the river.
Both van and boat drivers – Excellent skills!
We will recommend SAS Travel
30 April 2010
Manu April 17 – April 22
Guide: Ribelino Cook: Ebber
Drivers: Ebber, Augusto and Raul
Exceptional trip, Riber was an amazingly Knowledgeable funny
and helpful guide.
The rest of the staff made a very good team, and did a very good job,
both drivers were excellent Lodging was great.
Awesome guide & staff I will definitely
recommend SAS ¡
28 April 2010
I loved this trek! it was fabulous! Our guide was excellent- very knowledgeable, experienced trekker, respectful and good fun. the scenery was great. food excellent. Over all a great time! thanks!read more
26 April 2010
Firstly, I would like to thank you and the team at SAS Travel for one of the most amazing trips anyone could ever hope for! My friend Zaheer Aleem and I had an absolutely fantastic time and I truly have a deep respect and admiration for Fred, Danny and the crew who helped to make our experience so memorable.
I have been singing your praise to every person I meet on my travels and have already convinced a number of them to book their trips through SAS when they are ready to tackle the Inca trail.
Please pass on my heartfelt gratitude to your team and to Fred, Danny and our Porters for making our trip so enjoyable and memorable.
Mark Molanus / Zaheer Aleem
21 April 2010
I just wanted to let you know how pleased my boyfriend and I were with the 4-Day Inca Trail trek with SAS Travel that we took on the 11th of April.
Our guide, Hilbert Sumire, was very well informed and clearly had a passion for Inca culture and history. The porters worked amazingly hard to make our trek go smoothly and the chef cooked up some delicious meals.
We just wanted to say thank you for the unforgettable experience and especially thanks to Hilbert who even took us all out to a local favorite restaurant in Cusco so we could try cuy. He is now an amigo as well as a great guide.
Gracias por todo!
Anne and Ben Hill.
20 April 2010
We have only superlative things to say about SAS and the 4-day trek they arranged for us. Because we were traveling with our 9-year old son, SAS tailored the trek to suit our family. Regardless, we all went over the Aurora Pass (at 4400 meters). Our guide, Justino, was simply amazing! He was an unbelievable source of knowledge about the highlands, the indigenous people, the culture and the folklore. Justino displayed the utmost regard for the environment and respect for the local people. The chefs and porters were also amazing. The food was incredibly fresh and delicious and exquisitely prepared. We would go with SAS anywhere and would recommend SAS without qualification!read more
19 April 2010
I recently did the Choquequrioa trek with SAS and just wanted to write with some positive feedback re the guide, Roberto Alberis.
He was a fabulous guide - very intuitive re the needs of the group, well informed and interesting, and he created a great atmosphere for the trek. His professionalism is the main reason I would recommend SAS to other friends, so I wanted to write so that this information could be passed on to the appropriate person at the Cuzco office.
18 April 2010
We again want to thank you for the unbelievable arrangements that you made for our family. The trek was perfectly suited to our needs. Justino was the perfect guide...he was superlative in his command of the history, the language and culture and his support of our family. The other members of the team were also superlative! The trek left such a strong and positive impression on our son, Jonas. We will return to Peru because we loved the country, the people, the culture, and the cuisine. (Your company has a significant role in our impressions!)
Thank you again. We will, of course, post our comments on tripadvisor and whatever other website you would recommend. We will be back to Peru and will arrange another trek through your company!! In the near future, Joshua is going to send along via e-mail some photographs!
Thank you again. Our regards to Justino!
Lori, Joshua and Jonas