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24 September 2009
Dear Soledad and SAS Travel Cusco;
My wife and I have recently returned from a trip to Peru and used SAS to book almost all of the things that we did, including Sacred Valley Tour (guide: Martin Martinez), 5 day Inca Trail option (guides: Ruben and Valentin), Rafting day trip, Puno/Titicaca trip with stay on Amantani Island (guide: Edward, family stay: Erme), and day trip in Lima.
Firstly, I would like to say that we were very pleased overall with the quality and the service that SAS provided and that it is really good to see that SAS treats the porters for the Inca trail trip with more dignity than some of the other operations. This was very important to us in addition to the obvious benefits of the wonderful experience and beautiful sights. As a result, I will definitely be recommending SAS for the Inca trail to anyone I know traveling to Peru in the future.
I would also like to specifically mention our guides for the Inca trail. While Martin provide excellent service and great humor (and Edward did an acceptable job in Puno/Titicaca), Valentin and Ruben were absolutely excellent guides. In particular, my wife moved a bit slower than some of the others in our group and we spent a lot of time at the back with Valentin, and he was without question the best guide we have had on any of our trips around the world so far. He was very kind, generous, and funny. When my wife had a hard time on the last day, he carried her small day pack and taught us many very interesting things about the plant life on the trail and in Peru. Without his help, we may not have finished this trek and we definitely would not have enjoyed it nearly as much as we did because of his presence.
I do not know how many trips we have taken on tours in the past, but Valentin definitely put in a lot of extra effort that made our trip unbelievably enjoyable and very memorable. I have never felt strongly enough to write a tour company before, but in this case I think that Valentin warrants some extra credit! He even accompanied us to the train station ahead of time in Aguas Caliente when we weren’t sure of the direction, even though he was done being our guide at that time. If the rest of the guides at SAS are half as good as Valentin, then you indeed most lucky!!!
Thanks again for a great trip, and we are sure we will utilize your services again when we return to Peru! Adios,
Chris Spring and Katrinka Labelle
15 September 2009
Just got back from a Breast Cancer Care Trek and would like to thank Fred and Oscar for their help and patience, also to the Porters and Chef's for setting up camp each night and providing us with the delicious food! Thanks!!!read more
03 August 2009
We just got back from the Classic Inca Trail trek that was on July 18-21. It was a great adventure and Issac was very patient and encouraging to any of us that fell behind. The food was great! We've been to several treks where we had hydrated food for dinner but with SAS you get delicious home cooked meals. In addition, one of the girls from our group got altitude sickness on Day 1 and was safely taken back to Aguas Caliente, she was able to meet us at Machu Picchu and she said she was very well taken care of.
SAS is a wonderful organization and they truley take care of the group. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience, we will definitely recommend you to our friends. Thanks again Issaac for making every day enjoyable.
11 July 2009
Alex is a terrific professional guide. His enthusiasm about his job, knowledge, considerateness, and humor made us a wonderful trip. Once at an Inca ruin, he told me Andes mountain is his office. His love of nature and tour guiding tremendously infected me. I wouldn't have had such a nice trip without Alex! Thanks to you, Alex!
Our porters were heroes! They made our trek very luxury, having lots of delicious food, warm water to wash hands, setting up tents for us. Our cook and waiter were amazing to serve us. We were spoiled by these hard working guys! I am glad SAS treats them well.Salute to you! Thanks a lot!
Nobody should miss Inca Trail Trek if your health is good. This is a challenging whereas definitely rewarding trip.
08 July 2009
I have just recently come back from doing the Inca Trail with Discover Adventure and you guys. I just wanted to say how fantastically organised it all is on your part. The Chaski's are amazing, the chefs and the guides. The food was far superior on the trail than in the hotel and the toilets were the best on the trek. well done guys you were amazing and I am humbled by you.read more
30 June 2009
I want to say that experiencing the Inca trail the SAS way is the best way to do it. The guides are wonderful and they work really hard at making this a memorable experience for everyone. The food prepared during the trip is absolutely delicious. The porters are amazing and their hard work is very much appreciated. I recommend this trip and SAS to anyone interested. Thank you for the memories. Eddy and Dalmiro - you guys are awesome :)read more
24 June 2009
Dear SAS Travel
Att.- Ruben Dario,
Thanks so much for organizing our wonderful trip. Both my dad and I had an incredible experience and are sad it's over. I now love Peru and hope I get to come back in the near future. There is so much left to see and do.
Good luck and thanks again,
19 June 2009
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone at SAS, but especially Paul, Dolmiro and all our amazing porters, for making our Inca Trail experience so amazing. It made such a massive difference to have such knowledgeable guides who were obviously so passionate about Peru's incredible history & so eager to share it with us. Everyone was so encouraging, helpful and understanding at the slightly tougher parts of the trek, and the food and accomodations that awaited us at the end of every day were incredible!
Paul & Dolmiro made trekking to Machupicchu an unforgettable experience, we'll never forget them!
18 June 2009
Thank you so much Carlos and Mauro- You made our Inca Trail trip so special. Your good humour, passion and knowledge was more than we could have asked for. SAS should be proud to have such great staff. Also a MASSIVE thanks to the portors and chefs-what amazing guys!
We hope to come back to Peru one day, we will be sure to use SAS again.
MUCHOS GRACIAS AMIGOS. Gemma and Tristan.
15 June 2009
We took two trips with SAS in May 2009 to celebrate our birthdays. The first was to Tambo Jungle Lodge, everything about this tour exceeded expectations, the food, accomodation and best of all our guide Jackson, with his immense knowledge and fantastic English he really went out of his way to spot wildlife for us. We have travelled in many countries and took many tours and this guide is worth his weight in gold, a real credit to SAS. The second was the 4 day Inca Trail, again food and accomodation were excellent and the guide Saul very knowledgeable. Well done SAS for having 1st class guides.read more
10 June 2009
Our Inca Trail trip on May 12-15 was awesome! You should be very proud of your staff -- from booking, check in, transportation, food, trail -- everything worked seamlessly.
Our trail guide, Saul Palma, was excellent. He is articulate, informative, passionate about the history, and has a great sense of humor. The Inca ruins -- all of them, not just Machu Picchu -- are beautiful and rich in history, and Saul was incredible at explaining things. Please let him know how much we enjoyed his company and friendship. We e-mailed him but didn't receive a response so we're not sure he got it.
The food was superb, all the people so nice. Peru is a wonderful country, and we will highly recommend SAS Travel Peru to our friends. Hotel Marqueses was also a great place to stay while in Cusco.
Thank you very much for making this our most memorable trip ever.
Teresa, Karl, Melissa & Ryan Ford
08 June 2009
Dear SAS Travel,
We just completed the 5 day/4 night trek to Choquequirao. Our guide was Roberto and he did a fantastic job. The trek was quite challenging and Roberto was incredibly patient as we navigated the steep canyon to reach the ruins. Moreover, he provided us with wonderful information about history, culture, and politics from beginning to end. We were entertained, enthralled, and enriched by the experience.
We also have to mention the wonderful cooks (Alberto and Ricardo), who never failed to amaze us with their incredible culinary skills in such remote places. They tirelessly supported us by setting up camp, feeding us, and assisting us during difficult parts of the climb. Thanks also to the horsemen (Acquino and Johann) who were also tireless. They were altogether a most impressive group, one that represented SAS travel very well.
Thanks for one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. We will never forget those five life-changing days in the Andes.
- Hannah & Michael
03 June 2009
Many thanks again to your company for our tours while in Peru last month. A special thanks to Aldo, our guide, on the Salkantay Trek 2-8 May.
He did a wonderful job and we so enjoyed our experience on the trek.
We also did the 3 day tour of Lake Titicaca and had a great experience staying with the local family on Amantani Island. Is there any way we could get the address for our host family there? We stayed with the town mayor/chief and his wife, Aurelia. I'm sorry that we don't have any more information about them.
Muchas, muchas gracias!
Brenda Hughey and Robert Bolduc
31 May 2009
Dear SAS Peru >
Just a short note to let you know how wonderful our inca trail trip was. We were the May 27 group that left the night before. Although the begining was somewhat chaotic due to the protests and strike, the trip was much better than expected thanks to the great leadership of our guide Jose and his assistant Hugo. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and style was perfect. The porters were also very helpful, flexible and professional. I will recommend SAS without reservation to our friends who plan to follow in our adventurous footsteps.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Irving, Patricia and Sarah Hellman
25 May 2009
My boyfriend and I recently returned from our trip to Peru. SAS travel arranged our travels. We were there from May 10 to 17. Thank you so much for a great trip. We were in Cusco and Macchu Picchu. I would highly recommend SAS.read more
07 May 2009
Trekked the Inkatrail in oct 2008 and just want to say we had the best guide ever! Saul Palma- thanks for a lovely trek, you´re the best!
Jenni , Dennis, Maria o Predrag
07 May 2009
Hello: I'm a peruvian/canadian citizen and used SAS travel for my honeymoon in January 2008. My husband and I had a fabulous time and were very impressed with the quality of service as it meets North American standards. The guide Martin was very fluid in english, punctual, friendly and knowledgeable. The buses were all new Mercedes. I already recommended SAS travel to a couple of friends from Japan and Canada that are visiting Peru; and now I'm linking your site to my wedding website!..... keep it up guys, strive for excellence!....read more
08 April 2009
Everyone at SAS Travel
Thank you so much for making my Inca Trail experience SO WONDERFUL -
I had a really great time.
Our guide Saul 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 Saul and Hugo, 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
07 April 2009
Subject: Thanks for a wonderful trip
Dear SAS Travel
I just wanted to tell you what a terrific group of porters and guides we had on our trip leaving Cusco on Wednesday March 4 and arriving in Machu Picchu on Saturday March 7, led by your terrific guide Hilbert. Valentino was a fabulous cook; Hilbert and the coordinator really made sure we were all well cared for. And I especially want to commend Justino who helped me, the slowest of the group, to complete the trek and really enjoy every part of it, in spite of my relative lack of fitness, having to do some of my hiking in the dark because I was slower than the group. Justino was wonderfully knowledgeable about Inca and South American history, about the birds and the flowers and terrain, and always found something to entertain me as I was trying to gather my strength to make the next surge uphill. He taught me how to walk efficiently and conserve energy – and nothing was as rewarding as making it to camp each night with his help. I absolutely encourage you to promote him to a lead guide – he is knowledgeable, thoughtful, calm and very easy to understand in English. My experience was truly made special by Justino.
I ve seen other groups but SAS is a first class and superior service.
Thanks for a fabulous trip.
07 April 2009
The 4 day Lares trek has been the experience of a lifetime. Isaac has been an absolutely fantastic guide in every way. His enthusiasm and passion for the trek really made the experience for me. I loved his guided tour of Machupicchu and feel like I have a much beter understanding of Peruvian history.The porters and chefs were a fantastic team. It was a real pleasure to take part in the trek.
Thank you so much SAS !!!