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Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:13 PM
Subject: Re: Inca Trail recommendation
I can tell you without a doubt that SAS did an incredible job for my daughters and me, and I couldn't possibly recommend a travel company any higher than I could SAS. They were extremely professional, their guides were wonderful, their equipment and their food were excellent. They were well organized, and security was excellent.
I made my post because I kept reading these bullshit posts from who knows who, and I wanted to set the record straight. While we were there I asked the guides about the treatment of the porters, and from what they said, and from what I saw, I know that they are treated very well.
I hope you trek the Inca Trail, and I really hope that you will go with SAS. You won't be disappointed. If you have any questions or would like to contact me, please do.
From: Emma Bailey
I have just finished a breast cancer care trek with your company and am just really emailing to say that i think we all had a brilliant time trekking with your guides Carlos, José, amilka, etc i know we all had a great experience with you, one which we will hopefully relive again in the not so distant future. i would also just like to thank you for your time and dedication with us all, i enjoyed every minute of the tour.
My family and I just returned home from our fabulous Inca Trail Trek and
I wanted to write to let you know how much we enjoyed the vacation. SAS
Travel was excellent - very professional, very accommodating and very
educational. The trek was difficult but fantastic, the porters were
amazing, the food excellent and the hotels were just perfect. This is a
trip we will not forget !!.
I especially wanted to let you know what an outstanding job our guide,
Aldo Sanchez, did with our group. Our group seemed an unusual group -
only 7 people, consisting of two middle age Moms and their young adult
Aldo was absolutely perfect. He was completely professional
at all times, yet managed to educate us, motivate us and provide for our
needs (our sore feet, aching legs and questionable stomachs). Honestly,
Aldo made the trip my most memorable vacation. He is one very good SAS
We have a number of pictures we would like to send to Aldo.
Once again, David - SAS Travel Peru was outstanding. You will be my only
recommendation for any travel in Peru, and beyond.
Gretchen Corp Jones
would like to say a hugh thank you to paull and team in making it a trip of a life time and hope to be back soon.sas travel is the best!you guys rock and i'll treasure all the menmorys for ever.love juls uk xxxxread more
I was on the Lares Trek in June, and I just want to tell you thank you for that. I had so a good time! I'm thinking very often of this trip - that's the reason why I'm writing now (a little late...). The food was wonderful, the comfort was excellent and especially the guides were great! I was on a trip with Saul Palma, who is the best guide I've ever met. Please tell him about that! I told many friends about this trip and I think, some will come to Cusco next week and ask for the Lares Trek! They want Saul Palma as a guide. Is this possible?
Thank you again!
Our team of 17 trekkers (and 2 Paddington's) have just returned to the UK after trekking the Inca Trail for The Fostering Network. It is fair to say that our achievement would not have been possible without Willy and his team of guides and porters. The knowledge that the guides have brought the trek and the Inca's to life and the amount of equipment that the porters carry made for a very (well, nearly very) comfortable 4 days and 3 nights outside. We also could not have acheived what we did without the expertise from David at Discover Adventure and the 'Doc'.read more
My wife and I (both about 50) did the 4 day Inca trail trek and had one of the best times of our lives. Our guides, Elvis and Isaac, were the best (truly awesome guys!) and the porters made it a pleaurable experience, especially the morning hot tea. Dinner time was always an anticipated event. The scenery was spectacular, and the hikes were twice as challenging as we anticipated. I would not recommend the 4 day trek for those not in shape, but if you can handle the exercise at altitude, it will be the best experience you could get. SAS is highly recommended and we may end up doing a different trek with them in the future.read more
would just like to say a big thank you to all the sas team who helped the skyline tour group in september 12th onwards ,without you guys we would have been lost! thank you all so much.xread more
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE SAS GUIDES AND PORTERS WHO MADE THE TRIP,WITHOUT YOU GUYS WE WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST AND IT WAS A HONOUR TO HAVE PAWOOL AND THE OTHER GUIDES WITH US,ALSO THANK YOU FOR A WICKED LAST NIGHT AT MYTHOLOGY NIGHT CLUB,YOU GUYS ROCK!HOPE TO BE BACK IN THE FUTURE FOR ANOTHER ADVENTURE! FROM ALL THE SKYLINE GROUP I THANK YOU X JULSXread more
isaac and porters were great spoke great english awesome 5 course meals each night great comapny to do the inca trail with thanks guysread more
I want to say Thank You Ruben and the 17 Porters who assisted us on a wonderful journey, the adventures and experience was beyond anything that I had ever imagined, SAS Travel is one of the best ever agencies that I have ever experienced and there is no amount of money that can be paid to the Porters and Ruben of course for the hard work and efforts to meet our every needs, the food, the tents, and anything that I might have left out, "KNOW" that you guys are awesome and thank you for the great memories of wonderful Peru and the Inca Trail.read more
We went on the Inca Trail in late July with SAS and had an absolute fantastic time! The entire agency was very helpful, especially when my boyfriend and I were sick. Who knew that Andean teas could cure altitude sickness? The guide was incredibly resourceful and spoke excellent English. We will use this agency again the next time we hike the Inca Trail. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!read more
Thank you Virgilio, Alex, cooks, and porters from the Sheeler family. I have already recommended SAS to many friends who have asked about our 4 day Inca Trail walk.
For those prospective hikers reading these comments, we live at sea level, and were the two oldest (58 and 60) and two youngest (12 and 16) in our group. Here are my recommendations: 1) be in shape --there's alot of steps, 2) allow some time before the walk in Cusco to aclimate, 3) use a good tour company (like SAS), 4) hire a porter (did I mention that there are alot of steps), and 5) ask for Virgilio.
This hike may be the best in the world.
Just returned from the Inca Trail, We had the best group of People!! It was an amazing trip!! Our Guides Oralndo & Amilcar were AMAZING, and very fun !!!! They made me want to move to Cusco!!! It by far was the best vacation!!!read more
I went on the Lares trek, scheduled with the SAS travel. I have only good things to to remember about the trip in whole, very well organized, nice new equipment, very good and delicious food in the middle of nowhere, the wake up with the hot tea delived to your tent and warm water to brush your teeth. We had a very knowledgeable guide Roberto. We ran into problems on July 8th 2008, due to strike scheduled by the locals, which caused us to return to Cuzco and discontinue our trip, SAS travel was able to accomodate the needs of everyone in my group and to provide alternative trips for us to visit MachuPichu. The prices SAS travel charges are higher, but you get better service in return. Good work guys. Thank you to Ruben and Robertoread more
My husband and I just returned from the Salkantay trek. It was one of the best experiences we have ever had. My husband has been on several other treks with different companies in different countries and said that SAS was far superior. Our guide Javier was incredible-he was funny, warm, helpful, caring, and genuinely wanted everyone to have a great time. He was also extremely knowledgeable and taught us many things we will never forget. Anyone that treks with Javier is very lucky! We also had amazing food cooked by the incomparable Mario, it was a gourmet feast at every meal! Mauro was another fabulous guide that ensured we were all safe and comfortable as we trekked. And the porters did everything in their power to make this a memorable trip which it absolutely was. I highly recommend SAS travel and hope that others are able to experience the Salkantay trek with this wonderful group of individualsread more
My daughter and I returned last week from the classic four day inca trek. Let me say a big Thank You! to SAS and our guides, Oscar and Virgilio. This trip was my dream for 29 years and it was everything I hoped for and so much more. Our guides were friendly and knew everything about the history of the trail and Machu Picchu. When we arrived on the train in Aguas Calientes, both of us wanted to start again the next morning and do it all over. The food was plentiful and nicely prepared. The sleeping bags and tents were new and of high quality. I cannot imagine how anything could have been better. Thank you ! Thank you! Mike Christensenread more
We booked three trips with SAS (river rafting, Sacred Valley, Salkantay) and all three were beyond our expectations. Every staff member and guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable with tremendous patience. I HIGHLY recommend SAS to anyone traveling through Cusco, I can't thank you all enough, you truly made our trip!!!read more
We just returned from a wonderful lares valley trek. It was more difficult than expected and cold, however our guide Javier was excellent and the other 14 trekkers were great. I unfortunately needed to ride horseback for a few hours each day and Blady and Luis were very patient with me. The tour exceeded my expectations. For those of you thinking of this trek, please bring very warm clothes for the nightime and confirm all reservations with the office as some of the accomodation and air transfer plans were not arranged properly. All in all it was a spectacular trip with incredible views. Again Javier´s knowledge and patience was second to noneread more
I had an amazing time on the Inca Trail!
I'm sad that I am no longer greeted in the morning with "Hello super-hiker!" Issac and Mauro made the trip unforgettable, thanks again guys ;)