This agency, recommended by the South American Handbook, is ideal for those who want to explore the recreational possibilitie... More
This agency, recommended by the South American Handbook, is ideal for those who want to explore the recreational possibilities in and around Cusco. It offers guided city tours, tours of the Sacred Valley, hikes and treks to Mount Salkantay and the sacred Mount Ausungate, the citadels of Vilcabamba (the last capital of the Incas) and Huchuy Qosqo (Little Cusco). Excursions on the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and trips to the rainforest reserves of Tambopata and Manu are also offered. Rock climbing, horse trekking, cycling and river rafting (on the Vilcanota and Apurimac Rivers) are also available through this agency. Prices vary by tour and duration.
I have traveled extensively around the world and my experience with SAS travel was one of the worst. I am an experienced backpacker and I would have traded doing the Inca Trail for any other trail I had previously done. I booked a trip with them three months in advance and paid my deposit up front. My expectations were high but upon arriving to the office, I was told that by SAS that they had not purchased enough passes due to an error on their behalf and therefore I would be missing out on my dream. The Peruvian Government does not allow trail passes to be issued on the spot, so if the Tour Operator makes a mistake, you are out of luck. I was shell-shocked. They said they would gladly refund my money, but this trip was more than money. It was a failed dream. It was a major disappointment. Just wanted to warn others of the low quality of this company, so other fellow travelers do not meet the same fate.
I booked with them from San Francisco, over the phone and they were very professional. The guides are very knowledgeable and they are very meticulous in their planning. The food all through the 4 days was excellend. We were vegetarians, and they really made sure we had different food on all days. The trek itself was one of the best I have done, and a big part of it goes to the good planning by SAS.