I have posted a few messages and gotten many replies, thankyou all. My flights are booked and I have yet another question. I will be in Cuzco for 8 days in January 2005, 4 of which I will be on the Inca Trail. I was wondering if anyone had used the company sastravelperu.com
Their total cost is US$270 (with my ISIC card) and they want a deposit of US$150. The deposit can be transferred into their account at a bank or paid via credit card (with a 5% charge). Is is safe to just deposit money into their account?
They also want me to fax or email them copies of my passport and ISIC card. Is this normal? Can these documents be forged or copied by me putting them through the email system?
Any help on this issue would be really appreciated. Thanks.
SAS Its a travel company based in Cusco and they offer tours to Machupicchu, when I was in Cusco and Lima I met Mr. Axel Tippe, they offer tours to Macchupicchu 04 days 03 nights or 02 days 01 night for the tours of 4 days 03 nights we didn't pay more than 250.00$US with You Student car get 25$US off I don't know if this comapny still working and we pay them when we got ot Lima I hope thisi nformation help You
Yes, it's common that now tour outfitters for the Inca trail request you to fax your passport and your student ID, i.e. ISIC. It's because they have to provide all this information to book a spot for you.
It's also common that now tour outfitters request a payment in advance because they have to pay for your ticket in advance to confirm your booking. If you cancel they will not give you your money back because they cann't use the ticket.
SAS is a good company, it has been in business for many years, nevertheless, it's known for been pricy. 270 dollars it's kind of expensive because January is low season and you should get the student discount with your ISIC card (25 dollars off, that's 50 % off of the ticket's price).
What I suggest is to shop around through the Internet, I'm sure you can get a better deal and you won't be requested to pay until December. Make sure they fax you back a receipt for your deposit and the bank account's holder is the company.
A big Peruvian hug,
Thanks guys, I will look for a better price. Axeltours does still exist, I will see what they have to offer.
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SAS is as Gallegos says a good company that's been in business for many years, I did my "trek" with them two years ago and had an absolute brilliant time.
There are many other tour operators in Cusco, and I'm sure you can get a cheaper and just as good tour with them. What made me decide to go with SAS was that everyone said that they have a high standard and I wanted to be sure to get the experience of a lifetime.
I could take my chances with a cheaper operator and risk having a crap time, or I can pay out a couple of extra bucks and be sure to have a great time with a good guide.
Didn't mean for it to sound like an ad for SAS...sorry about that...
Yes, you have to pay in advance the deposit as it is a government requierment.
SAS, as everyone told you, is well known and in business for years.
You where worried about how serious the company was... I will go for a well known company instead of looking for cheaper one when the diference is not that big... specialy if you have to pay in advance.
Yes, you have to send your passports copy... they HAVE to make the inca trail booking with it.
If you dont make it on time, they will not be able to refund you... government will keep the deposit.
You can pay in advance only 45 days prior to your departure but making it earlier will guaranty your space on the Inca trail... any way, have in mind that january is in low seasson.
Also consider that you want good (very good) tents... you will be doing it during the rainy seasson... I have seen really bad tents on the trail... ask for the details of the tent you will be using as for every detail (# of porters, type of food, quality of tents, quality of dinning tent, type of train u will be using, etc.)
hope this helps... be carefull, many "not to honest" companies out there.
Cheers! Hope this helps.
[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]
I am going to peru on the 2nd November and i was going to organise my tour when i got there - is this a bad idea? (sorry can't be any help to your question)
Thanks to everyone for help so far
No problems at all, there are many many tour operators to choose from.
You might have to wait a day or two to get all your permits but as long as that's not a problem....
Have a nice journey!
I have recently read and heard reports that you now need to book to go on the Inca Trail at least 5 weeks in advance. Can anyone let me know if this is the case or not?