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17 May 2006
We have just returned from the 4 day Lares Valley trek and would like to say what an absolutely brilliant time we had. Although initally disappointed that we were too late to do the real Inka Trail the Lares Valley was in no way a second best option. We saw the most fantastic scenery and the people local to the area made the trip - particularly the children and the visit to the shool. Thank you to SAS Travel and their perfect organisation and particularly to Jose Luis our main guide who was great. If you can't do the Inka Trail do this one instead as it still ends at Machu Pichu to see the sunrise before the crowds.read more
05 May 2006
SAS is a first class operation. The porters really hussle, the food is better and more than I eat at home, and the guides (Eric and Victor) are very personable. Some slight confusion about billing was quickly straightened out upon our arrival back in Cusco, with SAS visiting our hotel with the refund. Staying at the Marqueses was pleasurable, and that hotel being associated with SAS seemed to streamline things. Our ride back to the airport was timely, with Raoul even arriving 1 hour early to ensure we had gotten our wakeup calls.read more
06 February 2006
Thank you for organising our recent, excellent experience on the 4 day Inca Trail. The whole thing was faultless. Our guides, Virgilio and Alexi were professional, friendly and very informative. The porters and preparations at camp left us amazed. Boris´ food was far superior than that which you´d find in many good restaurants, never mind half way up a mountain side!
Thanks again. We will recommend you!
21 January 2006
I had a fantastic time walking the Inca trail starting on 26 Dec 05. Our group of 15 had Roberto and Julian as guides. They were both very knowledgeable on the area and the Inca history. Roberto also managed our group and the porters extremely professionally. He was always aware of any problems in our group either with people who were struggling with walking due to injury or illness or with personality conflicts.
I was the slowest walker in our group for all the uphill sections and so spent a lot of time walking with either Roberto or Julian at the back of the group. I had a great time chatting and laughing with them. They are both very kind men. I would not have made it to the top of Dead Women's Pass without their encouragement and support. Also their cheerful attitude to walking in the rain each day was infectious. The Inca trail didn’t turn out to be as difficult as I expected once I followed their advice and went at my own pace instead of trying to keep up with the group.
All our porters and cooks were fantastic. Boris cooked great food for us, I never expected that we would eat so well when camping. It was great to arrive at the campsite after a few hours walking and have someone take my pack from me and then get handed a hot drink to revive me. They also surprised me by having a hot, sweet cup of chamomile tea and a sandwich waiting for me when I got to the top of Dead Women’s Pass – an excellent touch. Thank you to all the porters who tried to teach me a few Spanish words as they ran passed me several times each day.
I will have great memories from the Inca Trail for a long time. I am looking forward to the day when I can walk it again.
24 December 2005
A la familia Quintana Mamani, de sus primos Jorge y Milagros, y sus sobrinos David, Claudia y Estela Cordova Pizarro, en esta fecha de uniòn y amistad, les envìo mis saludos, Felìz Navidad y Pròspero Año Nuevo, muchas bendiciones para su hogar.read more
16 December 2005
I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful time that I had hiking the Inca trail. Our group left on Dec 3rd. I had Roberto and Freddie as my guides. We set out with 16 people in our group. We encountered some problems with the railroad during the stike on Dec 6th and 7th. I ended up walking from Aguas Calientes to Kilometer 82 down the train tracks. No problem, I loved every minute of it. More adventure, and I realize that SAS had nothing to do with the strike.
I really wanted to tell you about Roberto and Freddie. They made sure that we had a place to stay and food to eat. Roberto helped me get my airline tickes changed, so I wouldn't lose any more precious time. They stayed with our group throught the whole ordeal and they walked out with us (28 kilometers). They both went way beyond the call of duty. They had to put up with customers bitching and complaing about the strike (not me of course). The whole time they kept a positive attitude and kept the whole group upbeat. Roberto's knowledge and passion for his job was inspirational. I believe our whole group was able to take a little of Peru back home with us. Roberto and Freddie should be commended by you for going way beyond what was expected to make our trip enjoyable and comfortable. please tell them thank you for me, and please thank them from the rest of the group also.
Warmest regards from Vermont,
10 December 2005
We've just returned from our around the world trip, and doing the Inka Trail was definitely one of our highlights. I had my concerns beforehand (not being the most energetic person etc!) but the SAS Travel gang were absolutely brilliant. Our guides, Freddy and Alexito, were heroes and looked after me the whole way, no matter how slow I went! The food was awesome and plenty of it. I take my hat off to all the porters - I truly admired their work, and they had such cute smiles! 5 star treatment - thanks to you all, or as we say here in Wales - DIOLCH YN FAWR!read more
25 November 2005
I did the Inka trail on 11/9/05... It was a great experience... thanks to Jose and Roberto, our guides, all the porters...
The group of people was great... sorry I missed you in Mama Africa... wish you the best... JIME
13 October 2005
have recently finished the inca trail, Sept 25th - 28th.What an amazing experience, which was made even better by the exceptional work of all the porters, cooks, ambulancia and guides, they work really hard and were always polite and cheerful to us, worth their weight in gold. Special thanks to Ozy, who helped, along with others, when I had trouble with the altitiude going up dead woman's pass and on the next day when I had trouble with my old knees and we were walking in the dark, he sweet talked me down, many thanks Ozy. Also I want to thank Robyn for giving us the opportunity to visit Chacan, I really enjoyed it, everyone was lovely. Keep up the good work, and thanks a million. Patread more
04 October 2005
We would just like to say thank you to SAS and especially Freddy our guide & the porters for 4 amazing days! Freddy was great fun, enthusiastic and full of knowledge about the trail, the birds, the flowers and Machu Picchu. We would highly recommend SAS to anyone thinking of doing the Inca Trail - the camping equipment was great and the food was delicious. Thanks again, James & Hayleyread more
29 September 2005
We would like to thank Leo and Omar and all the group for our trail on september 21st. They were simply fantastic ! the organization, the moments to cheer us up.. all the explanations.. everything was perfect. Thank you very much for the dedication and all the passion you put into work.
Adriana/Leonardo - Brasil
21 July 2005
just like to say hello to all you lovely people out there in cusco. and to thank you once again for an absalutly wonderful time on the inca trail.june 2003.I was one of 21 scots doing the trail to raise money for autism. with bill cook etc. how is dougie .(doggy) doing .tell.him im asking for him.and ozzy my old friend how is he i hope he is well and still wooing the girls with his snake hips.if you have a web site address for ozzy that would be great.also i have rcomended sas travel toall my friends of which ally and mandy campbel from muir of ord are coming out to do the trail next week .tell ozz and aldo to look after them well as i know they will.I have other friends going over on 11 /09/05 mr +mrs smith and mr+mrs marshall . all i want for commition is ozzys e mail address thank keep up the good work. thanks martin maclean scotlandread more
24 June 2005
Many thanks to all involved with the sponsored Inca Trail hike for Macmillan Cancer Relief at the end of May. I had a fantastic time, and everything went so smoothly despite us having a huge group of about 50 people. Special thanks to Ozzi and Victor - hiking with Oz is both very informative and hugely entertaining! I am hoping to set up a similar fundraising trek on behalf of a small local charity with which friends of mine are involved. I will definitely contact SAS Travel to do the organising again if we can make it happen.read more
18 June 2005
As a college student studying in Peru...Machu Picchu and all the people I met along the Inca Trail was everything I never imagined. The whole experience was like a gift. I felt very fortunate to have Freddy and Omar as my guides -- they complemented one another. Freddy was always enthusiastic, outgoing, and personable. He took the time to explain special things such as flowers, birds, share stories about himself, show us the constellations, as well as adding in jokes. I was impressed with his english and knowledge! And Omar... he was very sweet, I enjoyed meeting him and our conversations. He was very caring, helpful, and made our whole group feel very comfortable. Excellent job guys!!! Not only was I taken back by the guides, I enjoyed the crew and the porters a great deal. I appreciated all of their hardwork and gained a deep respect for the crew : making us meals, setting up the tents, taking them down, etc. Everything was TOP OF THE LINE! Freddy, Omar and the crew gave me memories that I will cherish forever. Because of them I have never felt so alive, been so happy, or experienced so much culture & tradition. I recommenrd SAS Travel to anyone looking for an unforgettable time.
PS-- Omar and Freddy buenas suerte in your future endeavors! Muchas, muchas Gracias
Asha Doiron US, Maine
09 June 2005
I did the trail with my partner in May. There were just ten of us in the group, Victor was our guide and Ephraim his right hand man. From the minute we met for the initial briefing to the end of the trip itself, everybody connected with SAS was excellent. Victor was extremely professional ensuring that we all felt part of a group that did not have to prove its athletic worth. It was not a race, there was not a push to be first anywhere, we had a laugh along the way and we always knew that if any one did struggle, Victor and Ephraim were always on hand - one leading the group and the other bringing up the rear. The porters made us all feel very humble; after a gruelling day's walking with heavy loads on their backs, they met the group with a smile and a hot drink - not to mention the feasts that were prepared for us each day. In all, the experience was one I will never forget: it was so much more than Machu Picchu itself, it was the people, the history and the warm hearts that made it so memorable. Thank you so much AlisonXread more
06 June 2005
We just finished the Inca trail Friday June 3rd 2005. It was an unforgettable experience. Me and my husband had a great time on the trip.
I had so many pre conceived notions about the trek, food etc but it was so different from what I had heard. The food was amazing. Getting a 3 course meal with atleast 4-5 dishes every meal is something unheard of in trekking trip. But SAS made it happen. The service was great. Our cook Juillo was a hero. Amazing food I must say.
Porters did an amazing job carrying our luggage and setting up the tents before we arrived.
We were really pampered.
Special thanks to our guide Ruben & Alex who made this trek a wonderful experience for us. They walked with me pretty much the entire hike as I was the slowest of all :). They were very patient and told me I could do it. Thanks to them I was able to do it.
I want to thank you all for making this a memorable trip for us.
Purnima & Anoobhav (San Francisco)
29 May 2005
I was one of the privileged hikers on the Lares Trek led by Isaac Andrade that began in Cusco on May 17, 2005. I write to Express my heartfelt feelings of appreciation for Isaac and let you know that he was an
incredible guide. I found Isaac to be extremely knowledgeable, patient, understanding, personable, enjoyable, and professional. I could not have dreamed of a better leader for the profound journey we took together. His passionate words revealed his personal connection to the Andean countryside, which allowed him to share his unique insight into what we experienced. He also had one of the largest English vocabularies of any non-native English speaker I have known, and he continually surprised us with his ability to
convey his thoughts with very specific English. He possessed the added gift
of interacting in a very personal way with the Andeans we met because of his
ability to speak quechua. He always had a positive, uplifting and inspirational attitude that lifted everyone's spirits. He treated all the hikers and our companion porters with respect, and he had a great sense of humor.
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet him. He is an invaluable asset to SAS.
17 April 2005
I have just finished the Inca Trail with Age Concern. April 2004
I would just like to thank your crew for a wonderful time.
Keny, Aldo and the white water rafting team.
Keny you are a fabulous dancer too!!
12 April 2005
I could not believe how incredibly hard the team worked to give us everything we needed to enjoy our trip. Strating with Boris (not the cook yet) who took us to Tambombachay, Puca Pucara and Saqsaywaman, he was incredible, alway cheery and up for a laugh and knew an incredible amount about just about everything.
The rafting guides, especially Alan, Willie, Jean-Claude, Louis, Boris (so many Boris's!) definately stood out of the crowd, Ramero also is an excellent kayaker and you're safe in their hands, they're too good to be dragging a load of unexperienced english people along a river and stopping us from drowning! They truly are superb! Big thanks to Boris the cook and all his friends as well, the food was exceptional! I can't believe you were able to cook such incredible food in that one tent! Even the amount you cooked was phenomenal! The team and company are truly lucky to have you, otherwise everyone would starve to death! The whole team works together perfectly and i couldn't see the team change for years to come because they are so synchronised. Everything was always on time, always in its place and always ready for us!
Victor, who took us to Ollyantaytambo, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu was an excellent guide as well, he knew everything about the area, knew where everything is and was rushing himself off his feet, he was exceptional like everyone of the guides we met, always had a sense of humour and a good character on him!
I just want to say, thankyou all so much for an incredible and unforgettable experience, it will be impossible to forget it! Thanks everyone!
Many Thanks and Best Regards,
05 April 2005
I had the most fantastic experience hiking the Inca Trail with SAS. Thanks to Freddy, Roberto, Alex, and all the porters for 4 days of physical and spiritual renewal among the history and legend of the Andean people.read more