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04 May 2011
"Helo my friends" This is what i heard every morning from Fred and Jose Louise last September when doing the Lares & Machu Picchu tour for Action Medical Research! Although these words were heard at ridicilously early hours of the morning, from outside a tent somewhere in the Peruvian Andes, they were the most fantastic way to start the day, instantly putting a smile on my face!
These two incredible men ensured i was well, safe, happy and of course ....... awake during my trek last year, as well as 29 others! What a fantastic job they did! Kind, very knowledgable, interesting, patient, a little crazy at times and full of fun and enthusiasm!!!
Thank you for contributing to a fantastic adventure and lovely to have met you both!
Miss you! xx
18 April 2011
1 and half Year had passed from my trip organized by "SAS"travel,and I can't forget those wonderfull 3 weeks in Peru.Thank You very much for organization,service and help with accomodation after cancelling flight from Cusco to Lima.SAS is absolutely the best travel company in my life.
17 April 2011
It has almost been two months since returning from Peru, and I am still continuously looking back at photos, relishing in the memories of the great experiences on the trek. Our guide, Isaac, made it a fantastic experience and kept a positive energy flowing through the group during the trek. I will be forever grateful for his leadership skills as I plan my next worldly adventure!read more
16 April 2011
I had an amazing time at Inca Trail thanks to our guides Javier and Dalmiro and all the other trekkers!
It was exiting and hard! The food was absolutely perfect - i have never had such a good food on any trek! The porters were strong and the service very good! Even hot water for washing hands and feet!
Thank you Javier, Dalmiro and all the chaskis! :)
15 April 2011
I had such a great experience with SAS. I would do it all over again if I could! The staff was friendly, helpful and supportive. I would recommend SAS to anyone considering treks in Peru.read more
15 April 2011
Had a wonderful inca-trail trek thanks to an amazing porter team, and Dalmiro and Javier the best guides you could wish for! They look after you and make it an absolute unforgettable experience!read more
01 April 2011
The Best !
I was VERY impressed with everything from the guys at the office to Saul & Eddie, I couldn?t have ever dreamt of going with a more organized group. I will highly recommend SAS Travel to every. Saul really knows so much and is very very smart. Eddie was very patient with me going up Dead Woman?s Pass. A big thanks to our blue chaskis. Highly recommended !
31 March 2011
For my 30th birthday, I decided to do something memorable. After finishing the hike to Machu Picchu, I can add many adjectives to my 30th: inspiring, challenging, beautiful, uplifting.. and I could go on.
This was seriously a life changing experience. Maybe it was the altitude, maybe it was my enormous backpack, or just the views.. however corny this sounds, I did come back a different person.
SAS was an incredible group. Or tour guide, Ruben, was hilarious. Our porters were so kind and dedicated that I wrote a speech for them on my napkin in my tent and read it to them. I had Ruben translate it for them. I had better service on the trip than I did in 5 star hotels. I miss the group already, and I every morning thus far, I wake up hoping to be out on the trail and awakening to an incredible view - and my warm tea :)
Here is my speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WoPEhUPezY
29 March 2011
Having completed my first charity trek, I wanted to thank and praise the guides for their professionalism, and support during the trek. They were very knowledgeable, friendly, caring, funny and really suportive when I felt I couldn't walk any further. Particular thanks to Fred, Dalmiro, Valentin and especially Saoul and his magical flute, for making this trip unforgetable. Muchas gracias amigos. Isabelita la francesa xxxread more
22 March 2011
Before doing the Inca Trail with SAS I read quite a lot about the trail and SAS and viewed a lot of pictures. It was quite helpful, but it gave me just a tiny bit of understanding of the great experience that awaits for me on the trail.
It appeared to be a fantastic mix of breathtaking views and an amazing cultural insight, physical challenge and high degree of comfort, and, most importantly, great pleasure of meeting many interesting and nice people, who I would love to stay my friends for the years to come.
I can still hardly believe it, but after just some four days I now feel a strong emotional link to this ancient place, its culture and people and the guys who did this trail with me.
Many thanks to our guide Fredd (his lectures were great!), Jose, the chief and all the others who took care of us on the trail.
19 March 2011
We?ve done a lot of travelling over the past 5 months but the Inca Trail has been our best experience so far and it wouldn't have been possible without our fantastic guides, Fred and Edison. The chefs and porters were excellent too making it a really fun and comfortable few days despite the rain!read more
17 February 2011
We did the Classic Inca Trail 5day/4nights from January 24 to January 28, 2011 and had the most exhilarating experiences! Our guides, Levorio and Eder were absolutely incredible and were always a hoot. Everyone in our group of 13 got along perfectly. We had the time of our lives and I will never forget it!
Morgan and Christina
23 November 2010
Just returned from a fantastic tek to Machu Picchu led by SAS guides Fred and Saul, both of whom were excellent. They were very knowledgeable, humorous and passionate about their subject. The whole tour was well organised with excellent food and the porters and other staff were well-treated. SAS also do some projects supporting the local community, which were very valuable. I would recommend this company.read more
15 November 2010
This was an unbelievable trip, the highlight of any of our adventure travels! We want to especially cite Fredd Reyes and his assistant Dalimiro. Trekking the Camino Inca with Fredd was like sitting (actually walking...) on a college level Inca history course. I can't imagine we would have made such an emotional connection to the trek if not for the historical background provided to us with such passion and enthusiasm by Fredd. In addition, both he and Dalmiro were instrumental in helping the group to form such strong bonds with each other.
The trek was expertly organized and executed, and both guides managed the logistics with utmost professionalism.
15 November 2010
Amazing trip, well organized, beautiful scenery and sights, challenging terrain and fascinating insight into the region and culture by our fantastic guide, Fredd Reyes, and his assistant, Dalmiro!read more
12 November 2010
Had an amazing trip! Fredd and Eddie were fantastic guides who really looked after us. The views were absolutely magical and I really enjoyed learning about the Inca Civilisation!
Thanks so much
07 November 2010
I would strongly consider doing the Inka Trail Trek with SAS. Beacuse of regulations and permits, it is a bit expensive (about $ 540US), but then it includes a lot of stuff you'd be paying for anyway... three night's lodging, all meals, entrance fees and a train ticket back to Cusco. One of the advantages for you is that you get to see/explore 5-6 "lesser" Inka sites along the way. The scenery is spectacular, and Machupicchu is not to be missed...SAS Travel took us a couple of months before (Aug.10), and they were Top Notch, very professional, they provided excellent English-speaking local guides, jummy trail meals and treat the porters with great respect. We all loved Fredd our head guide. He is a super cool Inca God !! with the perfect balance of knowledge, humor, encouragement and companionship, made last 4 days best of whole trip to Peru by far !! Thanks !!
Ben Clark USA
07 November 2010
They are not the cheapest (paid something like 540 USD) but I know I got a good value for my money.
I walked the Inca Trail in May and used SAS Travel (www.sastravelperu.com) - they are head and shoulders above all the other operators (they get a glowing recommendation in the LP guide) They have good new equipment, happy porters (with warm clothing and enough food) and what you will soon find to be most important of all - huge portions of fantastic food. On the final night all the other groups looked on in awe as our food was brought to the table. Ruben and Eder our trek guides were very knowledgeable, polite and caring, they were always checking on us throughout the entire trail, they were absolutely wonderful.
You don't actually walk from Cusco - but from the 82km marker at Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley - a two hour drive from Cusco. The trek is four days of fairly strenuous walking, but only for a few hours each day - it's nowhere near as hard as everybody makes out. Take lots of water, some energy bars and have fun!
Most important thing to remember is BOOK AHEAD! The waiting list is sometimes four to six weeks long.
Plus I had been at high altitude for a month prior to the trek - and therefore had no problems, but it really affected some walkers. So good idea to spend some time in Cusco acclimatising beforehand. The cost is US$ 540 which includes bus out to Ollantaytambo and Train back to Cusco (fee to the trail is nearly $100) - if you want a porter to carry your pack it will cost another $60 - plus you need to allow for tipping the porters, can't for the life of me remember how much that was ($5-10 per day I think?) Might sound like a lot but it's worth paying a bit extra - some of the tours go as cheap as $350 USD , but I spoke to a couple who took one of these and had a thoroughly miserable time. Others out there may have different experiences. Amazing trip!
03 November 2010
Salkantay Trek with SAS Travel 27-31 July 2010
Overall, the Salkantay trek was an excellent and unforgettable experience, not only because of the beautiful landscapes and archaeological sites, but also because of the very enthusiastic SAS Travel team : Freddie, Basilio, Luis and Rolando.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about Inca Culture, Peru History in general and also knew how to keep motivated the group.
Few people in the group found the trek little difficult but Freddie and his staff were really caring.
Excellent service, very friendly guys.
03 November 2010
Lares Valley trek
The trek was amazing and the staff and our guide Wilfredo had a lot to do with it !!! Will was very passionate and proud of his Inka history, The camp food and campsites service was outstanding and exceeded all expectation... An excellent tour.
I am so impressed with the porters and kitchen crew... how they managed to bake and decorate a cake in the middle of no where. I have no clue. And even though they worked 10 times harder than us, they were always smiling. I loved every bit and will recommend SAS Travel to all my family and friends.
Can`t wait to visit Peru again.