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“The perfect way to experience Machu Picchu”
After having dreamed about trekking the Inca Trail and visiting Machu Picture for years, my husband and I finally went! We couldn't have been happier with our choice of companies. Normally we prefer to travel independently, especially for active adventures, so we weren't sure initially what it would be like to hike and camp with an organized group. But the trekking, along with everything else, was perfect!
We did the 5 day Inca Trek - day 5 being an extra day at Machu Picchu to climb Wayna Picchu.
The night before the trip, we met our friendly and helpful guide Elias who explained how everything would unfold. He helped our group plan what we needed to bring and stoked everyone's excitement. He remained incredibly enthusiastic and personable throughout the trip and managed to lead the lot of us successfully while befriending everyone. We had an additional guide, Matteo, who also did an outstanding job. He usually took the rear guard to cheer on the stragglers, but he also took turns explaining, with a unique and commanding voice, the history of the ruins we saw along the way.
Every afternoon when we arrived in camp, the staff had tents set up for us and bowls of hot water for us to wash in. As if that wasn't luxury enough, they'd always invite us to happy hour - tea and popcorn in the dining tent. Then, a meal would follow, often in several courses! It was truly excellent. I was especially impressed at how skillfully the cooks Benedicto and Florentino accommodated my vegan diet. There were always hot soups and plenty of fresh vegetables. One of our fellow trekkers celebrated her birthday on the trail and they made her an amazing cake!
The trekking itself was excellent. The guides kept our group together for archeological sites and some explanation of the local flora and fauna. But at other times, they gave us the freedom to walk at our own pace, which suited us well. We would always meet up for lunch, and both Elias and Matteo were always on hand to answer questions and take photos.
In short, this was an amazing experience with an amazing group of people. We were quite sorry to bid everyone goodbye in the end, but loved every minute of our experience. Visited November 2016
“Best Tour Ever with SAS”
I did the 4 day/3 night inka trail to macchu pichu. Davies and Henry were my guides. Henry was soooo passionate about the Inka people. His knowledge and his sharing was unbelievable. Davies was the guide that was fun to be around, and super helpful. There was 15 of us on the trek, and I am sure that Davies helped everyone, from motivating to setting up my trekking poles!
The organization of SAS was incredible. The porters efficiency was impeccable. And the food!!! The food was amazing!!!! So much amazing food to choose from. Everyone was extremely happy!!!
Thank you SAS Travel.
I went on the 4D/3N Inca trail with SAS Travel in end of November 2016 and it was simply amazing. Their organisation, guides, porters, material was all top notch and the experience we all had in the group couldn't have been more enjoyable for the whole time.
- The guides were nice, fun and both very knowledgeable, both on the way we were walking and the history of all the places we stopped at. Thank you so much Elias and Luis for making the trek such a great time!
- The porters are just from another world: carrying twice to three times the weight we had on our shoulders, they have been ahead of us the whole time, preparing the camp while we were still walking and still applauding us and smiling every time we made it to camp site, both for lunch time and in the evening. On top of that they woke us up nicely with coca tea every morning and always helped us prepare our gear and bags before leaving.
- The cook and his assistant have made an unbelievable work. With camping equipment and carrying manually all the food for 4 days, they managed to make delicious food for each and every meal: pancakes in the morning, up to 10 different dishes every lunch and dinner (including soups/meat/fish/side dishes/deserts/...), snack for when we were arriving in the afternoon... you name it, they cook it!
- The group, under the impulsion of our fantastic guides, became an actual family during the trek, everyone was helpful, waiting for each other, joking around and having lots of fun whatever the weather conditions. The walk is challenging but it feels easy with everyone around here to help.
Thank you SAS for the perfect organisation and the best team you could form!
We had a great experience with SAS Travel Peru on the inca trail. For years we had spoke about doing this, but living in Denmark made it more difficult, and for us 'once in lifetime' experience. When we started to search for which agency to use, we did not know anything about anyone...
But after the tour we are sure we could not find a better agency than SAS travel Peru!
We were a group of 17 people from USA, UK, Ireland and the 3 of us from Denmark. The 3 guides we had were amazing, Freddy the tour leader, Emerson and Hans.
Freddy soon got his nickname 'Freddy, the puma fighter'... Ask him why.... These guides were one main reason we all had a great experience!
I was the oldest in the group, just became 60, but not the slowest. Denmark is flat, but we managed to stay in the middle group or front of it.
The inca trail was hard fysically, mostly due to the altitude. But definitely a fantastic hike. Though we did Rainbow Mountain 2 days after, and managing that, made Dead Woman Pass to an easy walk... Rainbow Mountain is on 5200 masl, so 1000 meter higher up...
But do yourself the favour and use walking sticks!
We all agreed that the only way to come to Machu Picchu should be the inca trail and then see the sunraise from the Sungate after several days hike.
Meals, porters, service, guides were great!
Only minus on the inca trail is the sanitary conditions on 2nd and 3rd night. Really bad! But this has nothing to do with SAS Travel Peru.
So if you are going to do the inca trail, we can highly recommend SAS Travel Peru
Back in May this year we had a fantastic time walking the Inka Trail to Muchupicchu with SAS, the food was 5 star, and our guide Elihas second to none. Amazing porters. SAS helped make a holiday of a life time, it not only met our expectations but exceeded them. We also took up your recommendation and did the 2 day tour of Lake Titicaca and this just built on the experience. When setting out on the Lake Titicaca tour the three of us never though we would be dancing in national costume at 3800 meters, so a very big thank you to you and your team who helped make our holiday so unforgettable.read more
I was one of the privileged hikers on the Lares Trek led by Felipe that began in Cusco on May I write to Express my heartfelt feelings of appreciation for Felipe and let you know that he was an incredible guide. I found Felipe 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.
SAS Travel was fabulous.
Our guides Freddy, Aldo and Isaac were incredible. Funny , entertaining and rugged. All that one could expect. We had a great group of Americans, Brits, Canadians and Australians. Ages ranged from early 20s to me who celebrated his 69th birthday in the Andes. I was the oldest by 7 years and about 30 years older than the average.
The trek was more than expected. Climbing the steps to DEAD WOMAN'S PASS at 13,820 ft. elevation is a major challenge. I spent 2 month adding to my normal good conditioning and needed every bit of the endurance. Myself, my 29 year old son, 35 year old son-in-law and very tough 32 year old Canadian finished at the front of the pack every day....usually from 30 min. to one hour ahead of the group as a whole.
It was the most difficult physical thing that I have ever done. Get in the best shape you possible can before doing this trek. If so...you will enjoy it despite the challenge.
As everyone says the food during the hike was incredible. Five star quality and multi-course meals three times each day. I ate lightly as always when trekking. But each meal was a feast if one chose to indulge. Prior to the trek we acclimated for 3 days in Cusco at an elevation of 11,000 + ft. I think that is absolutely necessary unless one lives at a high altitude normally. We hiked around the city and visited many sites....all of which prepared us for the elevations to come. Cusco is a beautiful city, with many glorious sites and warm friendly people. Let me say something about the Hotel Marqueses where we stayed in Cusco. We thought it was just marvelous. 400 years old with old world charm. Comfortable beds, pretty courtyard, abundant buffet breakfast each day and friendly, helpful, staff. It is located right next to SAS Travel making connections very easy. If ever I travel to Cusco again....I will absolutely say at the Hotel Marqueses. Lastly I must add a word about Aquas Calientes. We stayed there at the Hostel VIAJEROS after our trek on the last day. I absolutely loved the small, relaxed environment of the village. No roads, no cars, just folks on the streets. We had a wonderful dinner there at a very nice restaurant. Excellent meal. $15.00 U.S including drinks. The HOSTEL VIAJEROS was part of our package and only added $20.00 to the price. It is where the tour ends, our personal belongings were returned and we had an inclusive buffet lunch. I had read terrible reviews about that hostel and the food. Well things must have changed for it could not have been nicer. Food was very good, the staff friendly and helpful the rooms comfortable. Yes it was a bit noisy...but after trekking for 4 days and sleeping in tents....we soon fell into a deep sleep of over 9 hours. What a bargain for only $25.00 including lunch breakfast the next morning. So...it was a great time. The hardest thing that I have ever done. A memory maker for myself and 4 sons. If every I return....SAS Travel will be my number one choice. I wouldn't change a thing.... Go for it!
Rob Ritchie US
Amazing tour with very professional persons, awesome guide Freddy and top chef cooker; the porters are extraordinary guys.read more
We had the best time with SAS Peru. Our guides Danny (Ramirez) and Ron were brilliant. Both are exceedingly helpful and always filled our days with knowledge and anecdotes. The company is very professional and the 4 day hike takes your through a stunning variety of terrains with a good level of exercise but enough breaks for the average person suffering from the altitude. As mentioned by others, the food is incredible. Seeing Machu Picchu on the 5th day was just the icing on the cake of a fantastic trip. Danny provided an in-depth tour of the site and was able to answer all questions. Unforgettable experience! Thanks so much Danny and Ron!read more
My two daughters and I recently hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu with SAS. It was an awesome experience from beginning to end. Registration was easy & pre-trek information was helpful. Our guides, Aldo1 & Aldo2, were friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. The equipment was of good quality and clean. The food was unbelievable! We are vegetarians and our cooks went above and beyond providing us with delicious and varied dishes through out the trek. SAS did a superior job of providing us with a flawless experience. Thank you to our guides (especially Aldo 2 who stayed with and supported me as I struggled with altitude), our chaskis (porters), our cooks and everyone at SAS.read more
I sent comments earlier on my experience with SAS on this tour and would like to add that our experience at the Margueses Hotel was also excellent! The service was friendly, room was comfortable and clean, breakfast tasty and we really appreciated being able to store our extra luggage there while hiking.read more
Before we even arrived in Cusco, Robyn was a HUGE help in taking care of a number of details that were particular to our little group.
Then, when one member of our party didn't make it to Cusco on time for our tours, everyone in the office went out of their way to help us figure out what we could do with the time we had available.
On our last day, we must have been the only three with SAS that wanted a city tour. It seems like several agencies went together to pool their customers for a tour that was lead by a non-SAS guide. What a difference in quality between the guy from the other agency and Martin Martinez who guided our Sacred Valley tour. No comparison! I highly recommend SAS to anyone interested and will go with them again if the opportunity arises.
SAS Travel “Passion for Peru” May 12, 2015
The Inca Trail was made even better by this amazing local company. I travelled with a group of mainly trekking novices walking for Macmillan Cancer Support, and SAS Travel was the provider of local support.
We were brilliantly looked after by the SAS team, who worked alongside the UK based company Discover Adventure, to deliver porters, cooks and guides for the group.
As well as our equipment being carried for us between camps, they prepared the campsites for us. They also cooked us a hot breakfast, and two course lunch and dinner every day. The 5 guides, including Eddy, Aldo and Ronny, with the group had a high level of historical information and local knowledge of plants and wildlife, and delivered it with real passion.
We didn't book direct, as it was included in the support package provided through Macmillan and Discover Adventure, but I would have no hesitation in recommending this excellent local company.
Derby, United Kingdom
5 of 5 starsReviewed Visited May 2015
we just wanted to let you know that we had a fantastic trip along the Inca trail with the best tour guides ever! It's been 3 weeks ago now but we still talk about it and impress our friends with our story.
Rojo (Rogelio Gibaja Tapia), Hernie (Hernan QC) and Cesar were amazing!!! Especially Rojo who was our head leader loved to share proudly with us all his knowledge and wisdom about the Inca culture and history, as well as the nature along and around the trail. You could feel his love for the place where he grew up, still lives, works and cares for.
All three guides made us feel being part of their family and never felt bothered by any questions or concerns.
Hernie was the one who most of the time stayed patiently back with the last and very slow hikers. I know they deeply appreciated him for that.
Cesar was the "fun part" on the trip. Our group - a lot of strangers put together for 4 days - shared some crazy fun and laughters together with our guides.
Ricardo was our cook and I found it incredible what he and his helpers have put on the table for us (after carring it all around the trail). Huge Thank you to Ricardo on his fantastic cooking skills! I would have never expected that (even though we all learned that Peru in general has a great kitchen!) I found it so welcomed to see every night another way of napkin folds, it made me feel as we were eating in style!
The porters amazed me the whole way and I cannot get over the hard work they do just so we can have an unforgettable adventure. They all deserved our deepest respect!
We definitely will recommend your company to anyone who wants to do the trip. It was tough at times but all worth the sweat! Thank You!
No podria dejar de no escribir sobre esta estupenda experiencia que he vivido en Peru bajo la organizacion de SAS hace un mes.
Mil gracias, antes de todo a nuestro guia Dani por su incansable apoyo. Siempre preocupado con nuestros estados, cansancios, necesidades... y siempre prevendo todo para que nuestro trek se desarollase de forma mas tranquila y para que disfrutasemos al maximo.
Muchas gracias igualmente, a los otros miembros: el super chef Casillas, su asistente Nicasio y el nuestro portador.
La comida preparada era divina...y sus sonrisas y disponibilidad me han tocado.
En general, todo muy bien organizado....los conocimientos de Dani sobre la cultura inca y peruana en general nos han largamente ayudado para sumergir en la cultura del Peru.
Gracias por todo!
Our trip was great! In particular, Henry was a fantastic guide -- he was knowledgeable, warm, friendly, and treated us like family. Also, Casillas was a great chef -- he made us really delicious and healthful meals. Felt like fine dining our whole trek.
Overall, a great trip!
As a general comment, SAS was an excellent company. Great people, great equipment, and great food. I never saw another group that had something or did something that we didn’t. I never found myself saying, “I wish our group did that.” SAS Travel is a great value when you do the math (Machu Picchu ticket, train ticket, bus tickets, meals, etc.). It really becomes an inexpensive excursion.
Eddy Wilfredo was our lead guide for the 4D/3N Inca Trail trek. I can honestly say that I could not have asked for a finer guide. Eddy is local to the Sacred Valley and clearly loves the Inca culture and history. He is extremely knowledgeable and a great communicator (even in English). Eddy did a great job explaining the big picture of the Inca culture and how the trail, sites, and cultural beliefs all tied together. On the trail, Eddy was always a positive, motivating force. He was calm and did not ever rush the hikers. Rather, he encouraged everyone to hike at their own pace, and he provided many opportunities for the group to gather back together.
In our group, we had one hiker who fell quite ill to altitude sickness. Eddy remained calm and went to Herculean efforts to help this hiker along the trail (the hiker ultimately finished the trek and made it to Machu Picchu). That would not have been the case without Eddy’s compassion and leadership. A truly superior guide!
Here are a few things I wish I had known (mid-March trek):
• I found it warm during the hike (mid-March trek). I always hiked in shorts and a t-shirt. I found that even in light or moderate rain, I tended to lean forward. My front stayed dry; my back was covered by my pack (pack cover is a must); and a wide-brimmed “boonie” hat kept the water out of my face. My arms would get wet, but that was rather refreshing.
• Nothing will dry. It rained every night, but generally cleared during the day. Being wet during the hike was no big deal. Just have dry clothes to change into.
• Camp shoes are nice. I always just used flip flops, but my son uses Teva sandals. I liked the sandals better. They allowed you to wear socks. It got a little cool in the evening. I wanted to take a break from my hiking boots, but my feet got cold during dinner.
• The tents were very waterproof. They did great. It rained every night (typically cleared during the day).
• Don’t worry about the pace. The guides were very patient. There are plenty of opportunities to catch up with the group. They encourage you to walk at your own pace. Guides will assist weaker hikers.
• The Inca Trail 4D/3N is no joke. Be in shape, have the proper gear, and take your altitude meds properly. You will enjoy the experience much more.
• When you get to Cusco, stop by the SAS Travel office (even before the 7 pm departure brief) to make sure that your name and passport number are correct on all of the paperwork.
• A Camelbak was great on the trail. It was also nice to have a bottle available for meals. They do a lot of tea at meals, but not a lot of water on the table.
• If you are a really fast hiker, bring a book. There will be time to kill. Don’t worry, it’s all good. My son’s (fast hiker) favorite “time” was the hour that he spent at Intipata sitting in the sun on the beautiful terraces. It was quiet and isolated.
• You won’t need Steri-pens, iodine tablets, or filters. Their boiled water is sufficient, safe, and provides the requisite volume.
The Trek director Ilbert was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. So were Paulo and Marcial. All of the staff were competent and friendly. The trail cook prepared excellent meals, and the porters and others were terrific. I could not have asked for a better support team.
Hiking the Inca trail was a bit of a challenge for me. But with this support team it was amazingly safe and an excellent experience.
The Marquesas was a comfortable place to stay. It was clean and quiet and conveniently located in Cusco.
The kitchen staff prepared wonderful meals.
I highly recommend this to anyone.
Hi Robyn and SAS Travel,
We returned from our trip to Peru 2 weeks ago. I just wanted to thank you and SAS for a fantastic time! Everything was perfect, We were always met at the airport, bus and train stations on time, the food on our tours was great and the Hotel Marqueses was beautiful! All of our guides along the way were knowlegable, friendly and accomodating to every ones needs. The staff at the Marqueses were friendly and helpful and I must give a special thank you to Liz in the breakfast area. Not only were the breakfasts at the hotel fantastic, Liz met us every day with a big smile and lots of information on the area and sights to see. She is a great asset to the Marqueses!
I highly recommend SAS Travel. Thanks again Robyn.
John and Ruth Swan
My husband and I just returned from the Inca Trail 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 Travel was far superior. Our guide Alvaro 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 Alvaro is very lucky! We also had amazing food cooked by the incomparable Humbertto, it was a gourmet feast at every meal! Hernan 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 Inca Trail trek with this wonderful group of individuals.read more