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06 November 2007
We recently did a tour to Lake Titicaca including a home stay on one of the islands as well as hiking the Inca trail. We booked both tours with SAS Travel and we would recommend them to anyone who wants a true Peruvian experience with 3 course meals on the trek, the envy of all other groups. Our guides Jose \"A\" & Jose \"B\" were very informative on Inca history & patient with our slow pace. The porter\'s were amazing, often running up hills that left us breathless. SAS\'s claim that they will do everything to get you over \"Dead Womens Pass\" is true. The scenery and the Inca ruins are awe inspiring and leave more questions than were answered. Thank you again SAS for a trip to remember.read more
06 November 2007
Thank you SAS for a fantastically organised, truly amazing & forever memorable Inca Trail Trek.
As regards physical achievement, I think completion of the Inca Trail is my greatest to date.
It wouldn\'t have been possible without the encouragement, patience & mighty craic of the greatest guides ever. Aldo & Amilcar (Arnie!!!), ye got me to the top when I thought I couldn’t walk another step……I owe ye big time, thanks a million.
As for the porters, they deserve all the respect that the world has to offer, the fact that they do everything with a smile on their faces only reinforces this opinion. They should be renamed “Iron Men”!
I’ll be recommending SAS Travel to anyone travelling to Peru……keep up the good work & thanks again…….
(Inca Trail 17th Oct 07 - 20th Oct 07)
31 October 2007
We just got back from our trip - Lares Trek -
We had the best time! Our guide was great - our porters were friendly and our cook was amazing.
23 October 2007
We are just back from a fabulous 3 weeks in Peru all organised through SAS Travel (29th September till 21st October). Thank you for a wonderful time - we met so many great people, saw so many amazing sights, and have many great memories. The Inca Trail was brilliant, our guides Orlando and Washington and the team of porters were excellent - thank you to all of them for making the Inca Trail the experience it was. We also had a great time in Manu - thanks for the efficient way in which our unexpected extra night at Boca Manu was organised - Dustin and the rest of the team were very helpful. Our other tours were fantastic experiences too - staying on an Island in Lake Titicaca and the colca canyon trip. All hotels were excellent too. Raul in the office in Cusco was also great and really helpful to us and others we were travelling with whenever we needed anything clarified or organised/changed.
Thank you to everyone at SAS Travel - we were very sad to leave Peru and would recommend your company to anyone wishing to travel in Peru.
It\'s difficult to get across in words what a fantastic time we had and how it was made so hassle-free by SAS....may be I\'ll write more again when I\'m over the jet lag!
08 October 2007
This is especially for Hilbert, Rodney and Oscar.
We came to Q\'osqo at the beginning of September and did the Inca trek to Machu Picchu, starting at km82 on Saturday 8th Sept. We want to say a big thank you to our guides, Hilbert, Rodney and Oscar, for looking after us so well and making our trek so memorable. We had a truly fantastic time, even though it was tougher than we had expected. You three guys realy did care for us, encourage us and keep us going when we felt we couldn\'t go another step. And you were so interesting to listen to, and so clearly in touch with the mountains and the history. And we haven\'t forgotten our porters, those amazing men who carried all our stuff, made camp for us and cooked us some delicious meals. Thank you all so much.
We\'ll never forget our time in Peru, and we hope to come back and visit again - it\'s a truly special place.
With our love
Alison and Jim
26 September 2007
We, a family of four with 2 12-year-olds, completed the Inca Trail with fantastic guides, Julio and Jose alongwith a terrific group of people. We loved our friendly, strong porters and especially loved the music and plays they performed for us. (July 2007)read more
15 September 2007
Hey, thanks a lot for everything. Ruben, Shirley (my Manu guide) and Paull Palma. Good thing Inca trail was booked out already, i had the best time of my life on the Lares. You rock. Thanks again. Looking forward seeing you next year ;)
Kind regards, Sviatlana
29 August 2007
We just finished the four-day Inca Trail trek and wanted to express our thanks for an amazing time! Everything about the trip was extremely well-organised, the food was terrific, and the porters worked very hard to make the experience enjoyable. Most importantly, our guide Isaac was everything we hoped for and more. His knowledge of the Quechua people (being one himself) was immense and he was great at communicating it to us. He is very funny, sincere and trustworthy and his decision-making was always spot-on. We think he is a national treasure and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours. One thing we thought might be good would be to include a few Quechua phrases on the itinerary handout to increase communication. eg. hello, excuse me or thank-you.
Thanks again SAS Travel,
Peter and Clare.
23 August 2007
Quiero dar mil gracias a su organización por la excelente coordinación y atención durante mi visita el pasado fin de semana. Absolutamente todos los detalles de mi viaje estuvieron muy bien organizados. Especiales gracias a Raul en Cusco y a Julio en Aguas Calientes. Excelente trabajo!!!
Volvere con mi esposo para hacer el Inka trail muy pronto.
22 August 2007
We completed the Inca Trail with SAS in July 2007. It was the highlight of our month-long trip around Peru. Thank you so much for making the hike so enjoyable, it was an unforgettable experience. We could not have done it without the porters - your hard work was very much appreciated - and thanks to the expert guides, Javier and Rodney: we\'re family!read more
22 August 2007
This was sent to us by a super family and thought if you wanted some good info on the real details of the Lares trek this is well worth the read.
We took the Lares Trek which is an alternative trek to the classic Inca Trail trek but ends up at the same place – the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu.
Our trek started with a bus ride from Cusco to Lares via a number of smallish towns on the river. From Lares we unloaded the bus, put on our packs and started our hike. The first day’s hike took us a bit up and down but mostly uphill and to our first campsite at Huacahuasi village. Along the way we passed thru canyons, farmland, remote villages and saw many ancient ruins.
Day 2 of the trek started with a visit to a local village and to meet with a typical family. The people of this village live largely without infrastructure that we take for granted. They have some electricity but no running water, no sewerage, no roads, no drainage, no telephone, no internet but they do have a mobile phone tower! And for heating and cooking they burn alpaca and llama poo in little stove heaters in their houses. The adults and children do not wear proper shoes. All they have are sandals made from re-cycled car tyres. And they wear these sandals no matter what the weather is. They also mostly wear typical Andean clothes – knitted ponchos, pants and hats with the occasional pair of store-bought tracksuit pants. And in their houses the Andean people keep their guinea pigs. Sometimes up to 20 of them. They are not in a cage or anything, they just run amok and try and hide under the beds or in holes in the walls behind the fireplace. When the time is right – usually a special occasion – the family will select one or two of them and well, dinner is served. After the family we visited the local school and donated some pencils and books that we brought with us. The schools have such little access to resources that they almost come to rely on the passing tourist trade to bring with them necessary supplies.
We then commenced our hike to Ipsaychocho Pass. This was a hard hike. All uphill to 4,400m. At this altitude, Kiel and I got sick too. Fortunately for us after reaching the pass it was downhill from there to our next camp site at Patacancha Village. It is amazing how much better you feel when you descend, even 500m lower is enough to make you feel 100% again.
Day 3 was a terrific 16km, 1,000m downhill hike to the ancient town of Ollantaytambo again passing thru canyons, farmland, small villages and ancient ruins. Joanne and Zali were feeling better enough by now and caught a bus to Ollantaytambo and met us at the town square for lunch. From there we all caught the back-packers train to Aguas Caliente, the tiny tourist town at the base of Machu Picchu where we stayed the night in a hotel. It was nice to have a proper mattress and toilet again.
Day 4 was an early start for the final leg of the trek – the near vertical climb up the final 400m to Machu Picchu. Once at Machu Picchu we spent the rest of the day with our guide exploring the ruins of this ancient lost city. This was truly an amazing place. The engineering involved to build a city out of giant stone blocks on top of a mountain, having regard to the orbit of the earth around the sun and the phases of the moon etc was just mind-blowing. It is truly a wonder of the world.
20 July 2007
THANK YOU! SAS provided us with a fantastic experience in Cusco. After we left Cusco we dealt with other agencies who weren\'t as honest, punctual, thorough, helpful or worth our money. Also, SAS refunded our money for a tour that couldn\'t happen because of teacher strikes. In the US they NEVER would have given us a full refund. We have already recommended SAS to fellow travelers we met along the way and future travelers to Peru. Thank you for giving us a wonderful experience in your beautiful country. We\'ll be back to do the rest of the tours!read more
16 July 2007
Dear SAS Travel,
I just wanted to let you know how strongly I felt about my 4 day Macchu
Picchu trek! (3rd June 2007) It truly was the adventure of a lifetime for
me. It would not have been so without the expert guidance from your
amazing guides. They were tireless, encouraging and their knowledge was
endless. Their enthusiasm was uplifting!
Whilst I was there it was my birthday, you can imagine my surprise on
receiving a birthday cake that morning.
I really feel that the company went the extra mile for each individual
on the trek and for that I\'d like to THANK YOU!
A huge special THANKS please needs to be passed on to Saul and Efra , for
reasons beyond my control I didn\'t get to say it myself.
Again THANK YOU
16 July 2007
My husband and I returned last week from a fantastic 2 week vacation in
Peru. When we first started planning this trip, 6 months ago, we found
many recommendations in travel books for SAS Tours Peru. We talked to a man by the name of \"Ruben\". He
immediately began to put our plans together for our trip. He always
replied to my emails, took care of reservations promptly and checked and
double checked to make sure everything was taken care of for us.
My husband went on the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu, we both did the 1/2
day city tour of Cuzco, 1 day tour to the Sacred Valley, the tour to the
Nazca lines, with airplane ride, and the boat trip to the Balestos
Islands. He set up a tour for me to join my husband at Machu Picchu,
with train tickets, accomodations in Aguas Calientes, meals, bus to Machu
Picchu and also picking me up and delivering me to different
transportation modes. Also Ruben helped set up our accomodations in Cuzco
for 7 nights.
As we were waiting at the airport in Lima to return home, we talked about
how every single detail of our trip had gone perfectly. There was not a
single thing that went wrong. We really appreciated how there was always
someone at the airport, or bus terminal or train station to pick us up and
always someone there to pick us up at our hotels to deliver us. They
were friendly, courteous, and prompt .
When we first arrived in Cuzco, we visited the SAS Travel office and
confirmed all of our plans and tours. Ruben was very helpful and his
personal interest in making our stay in Peru enjoyable and fun was very
evident. He kept telling us that we should have \"no worries, Senor Rich\".
He made sure that I was ok while in Cuzco by myself. We checked back with
him after Machu Picchu about our next plans and everything was in place.
Thank you SAS for a great vacation. We were impressed with everyone that
we came in contact with from SAS.
Thank you Ruben for taking care of our every need and desire to make this
a trip of a life time.
Peru is a country full of wonderful sights and wonderful people.
We will not hesitate to recommend your company to others.
Donna and Rich Seifert
Portland, Oregon USA
26 June 2007
Cracking Trip by SAS. Thanks to our guides Dicbar, Eric/Eddie and all the porters!
Anyone going to Peru should use SAS, no questions asked!
17 June 2007
what an excellant team never thought it would be so great who could forget the early morning coca tea at 0430 in the morning the trek would nothave been the same without you,the inca trail was just out of this world,
many thanks for looking after us
14 June 2007
Truly an adventure of a lifetime! Thank you so much to our fearless guides, Saul, Efra and Abraham who were the icing on my birthday cake! I will never be the same.
Keep up the enless suply of enthusiasm and encouragment.
13 June 2007
We did the four day trek as part of our honeymoon and it was one of the most fabulous experiences of our lives. We arrived at Machu Picchu feeling like we had \'earned\' the right to be there, after following in the footsteps of the Incas. Our guide, Hilbert was wonderful, very knowledgeable and with an endless supply of terrible jokes! Fermin, the other guide, was also great, and the porters were, well, quite unbelievable really. They carried such heavy loads, making our lives a lot easier, and still managed a smile for us all when we arrived into camp every evening. The chefs somehow managed to present the best trail food we had ever eaten with minimal cooking equipment.
And last but not least, our fellow group members, if you read this, you were a great bunch, glad to share the experience with you all!
We would definitely recommend SAS Travel.
07 June 2007
My wife and i completed the Inca Trail on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support and can not thank all of the staff at SAS travel enough. You made the trip so memorable for us both. Special thanks to Alex & Abraham who helped Sue down the steep steps. Also special thanks to the Chaski\'s and Chef\'s (amazing to see in action).
Tony & Sue