Why SAP Adventures?
At Sap Adventures, we encourage you to step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. From exotic local cuisine, accommodation and transportation, to life-changing adventures shared with small, intimate tour groups, we seek out the exciting and authentic to bring our travellers face to face with the most fascinating cultures, customs and awe-inspiring natural wildlife that South American has to offer.
Our passion for travel is rivaled only by our commitment to you. From helping you choose the perfect trip, to providing the most authentic life-changing adventure possible, we go out of our way to ensure your travel experience is everything you’ve dreamed of. No matter where you go, you have our word that we’ll be right there with you every step of the way.
Sap Adventures has changed the idea (on the whole Inca Trail) of the OLD tourism practices (abusive) to a real SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT (care for the environment, very good treatment for our porters, tour guides, office staff and a honest tourist personal service, a licensed tour operator) is an agency that works with knowledgable, experienced Tour Guides, is environmentally sensitive and believes strongly in sustainable tourism in general. SAP Adventures has currently created jobs for some 40 guides, 230 porters and 28 cooks and contributes to the Peruvian government with 19% taxes on all sales (overseas companies are exempt from paying this so do not contribute to the Peruvian economy in this aspect).
Ever since Sap Adventures was first established we have been helping to spread some of the benefits brought by tourism to local communities by donating school equipment to village schools and ensuring that it is properly used. A large percentage of the profits made by sap adventures go towards such community projects.
And this make us feel proud and encourages to improve our ideas and actions.
Do you tours include local and international airfare?
Travellers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and as such it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices, we recommend that you search online for best rates and we also provide links to some online travel agents.
How many people can join a tour?
Our Adventure groups of 20 - 22 or 30 Days exploring Peru, Bolivia & Chile are kept between 10 to 22 Persons Maximum. we keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings. This intimate size ensures that your group won't crowd your experience. You can expect anywhere from 10-22 travellers on a trip but the average is 10 with the exception of our ship-based and Overland bus and train trips.
Do I Have To Stick To Your Example Itineraries?
Not at all, they are provided as a sensible starting point but can easily be adapted as required. We have carefully designed them to show the best of a particular destination, based on our extensive practical experience.
What Standard Of Accommodation Do You Use?
We have selected the best hotels in Peru, Bolivia & Chile Our hotels feature good location, superior service and all necessary facilities to make your stay fully pleasant. Search our list of hotels by destination. We can book a room for you in any hotel in Peru, Bolivia & Chile even if it is not on our list.
Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?
Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, Please contact a Sap Adventure Specialist for price information or check on the tour page of our website for prices. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly.
Can you provide me with a list of the hotels we will be staying at?
Starting and ending hotels are listed on your travel voucher and in the Trip Details document. We use a variety of hotels en-route and so a complete list of hotels won't be provided 10 days before of your tour. If your family requires contact information, or in case of emergency, please have them phone 00 51 84 242896 00 51 84 242896 . If our office is closed please refer to the emergency phone number that is found on the Trip Details document, this number can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Are Your Trips Escorted?
We only provide certified & specialized Sap Adventures Guide's on all our group tours.
Are Sightseeing Tours Private?
For independent travelers we use knowledgeable local guides chosen by our country partners. When we arrange local tours for you they will usually be on a private basis, so you will not be sharing with other people. In some areas it can be more practical or cost-effective to join regular trips organized by our local agents. We will specify which option you have in your quotation.
When Are Reservations Confirmed?
When we have finalized plans for your trip you should send us a completed Booking Form with a deposit. When we have received this we will proceed with actual reservations. If there is no availability for the dates you have requested we will let you know, and try and make alternative arrangements. This is usually just a matter of changing the order of your itinerary or substituting hotels with those of a similar standard, although you should bear in mind that at certain times of year hotels and flights are often fully booked well in advance.
We will then send you a summary of the status of your bookings with a Confirmation Invoice, The final payment or valance will have to be paid at your arrival to lima or Cusco where we meet to begin the tour. We will also send you general pre-departure information which includes any health or visa requirements. Around 2 weeks before departure, and after we have received the Deposit payment, we will send you a detailed itinerary with comprehensive instructions and useful background information.
Can I join a tour late or leave it early?
It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult a Sap Adventures Specialist before you book your adventure.
Do I Have To Use Your Insurance?
No. However, it is essential to have sufficient coverage, particularly for cancellation (which is often not adequately covered by credit card policies) and medical expenses (including repatriation).
What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?
We strongly recommend bringing a backpack or duffel bag, as suitcases can be cumbersome and difficult to store in buses, under seats, etc.. Keep in mind that you will normally have to carry your own luggage on and off buses and trains and up and down hotel staircases. Suitcases with wheels may not work well on dirt or cobblestone roads.
How Can I Obtain Further Information?
For guide books we recommend any of those published by Footprint (such as the South American Handbook) for their comprehensive coverage, or Bradt for a more personal view. Or just call us - one of the team is almost certain to have been where you want to go!
How To Know Who To Book The Inca Trail With?
If you’re having trouble choosing a company this little pointer might help. There are over 100 Peruvian tour companies that operate in Cusco. All of these companies have been awarded licenses to operate the Inca Trail. Only Peruvian owned companies are allowed to operate with this license. Therefore, even if you buy your trek with a company in your own country it won't actually be operated by them. Even once you book, all Inca trails follow the same path to Machu Picchu.
What We Can Do To Help The Community?
With your help we want to collect as many clothes, toys, school books and equipment to distribute to some of the most needy communities in the mountains of Southern Peru. When you come to Peru just bring a few extra items that you no longer need to our office and we'll distribute them, it's as simply as that. If you haven't any room in your bags then we can help you purchase some second-hand clothes and equipment whilst you are here in Peru.
Our clothing and equipment appeal is very simple scheme for all visitors to participate in. Before you come to Peru just have a look around your house to find any clothes that you no longer need and bring them with you when you come to Peru and drop them off in our office in Cusco. Of course we don't expect you'll have much room in your suitcase so just one or two items is fine. If you leave the items at our office in Cusco we'll guarantee to find a person who will really appreciate your gifts.
What type of items do we need to bring?
- Clothes: Babies and children's clothes of all types, Adults clothes (mainly warm sweaters, jackets and waterproof clothing).
- Exclusions: please no underwear, socks etc.
- All clothing must be washed and clean prior to donation.
- Toys: All types but not battery operated.
Picture books (all languages) and children's books in Spanish.
Other items: Sleeping bags, backpacks, walking boots.
Who is going to benefit from the clothes?
- Children and Adults from the smaller communities in the mountains of Southern Peru. We want to help some of the communities in the valleys north of Ollantaytambo which supply many of the porters for the Inca Trail as well as communities in the Lares Valley and around the Ausangate mountain.
- Children staying in several orphanages in Cusco and the Sacred Valley.
- Porters on the Inca trail. We hope to help with waterproof jackets and possibly warm sleeping bags.
Why shouldn't I just give the presents directly to the children?
If you are coming to Peru and staying with a local family (such as on some of the islands of Lake Titicaca) then it is a good idea to bring a few items from home to give directly to the families as presents. Even small gifts such as postcards of your hometown will be greatly appreciated. If, however, you are walking around in one of the cities or visiting a local village market it is not a good idea to hand out presents in the street. Not only does this encourage children to beg but it also highlights the wide gap in wealth between tourists and locals. Giving a warm sweater to a child may make that child very happy (and keep him warm) but you will quickly find a line of children following you around with their hands outstretched asking for their gifts. For every child that you make happy in this way you are sure to make 7 or 8 very unhappy and possibly resentful towards tourists. In popular tourist locations children can be very persistent and they have often learnt to tell a long sad story to gain the sympathies of visitors. If you reward these children with clothes, shoes and money then their parents may sell the presents and send the children back on the streets again to bring back more gifts. With the average adult wage at about US$3 per day, many of these children can earn more than their fathers. This just encourages more parents to stop sending their children to school and to send them out begging in the streets.
How do we distribute the clothes and equipment?
Distribution of the items is an important part of the project. Driving to a village and handing out items to everyone that we meet would cause chaos and wouldn't ensure that the items are distributed fairly. Instead we decide upon a village to distribute the items and make a visit a few weeks in advance. We talk to the head of the village community and find out how many people are in that community and issue clothing (or gift) vouchers for each person in that community. The head of the village will be asked to distribute the vouchers amongst his community. We then arrange a date and a time that we will return to distribute the clothes. When we return to the village each person with a voucher can exchange the voucher for an item of clothing, hopefully of the type and size that they prefer. If we are distributing to a community of 500 persons we will take a selection of about 800 clothes to ensure that everyone receive a suitable gift.
If I can't bring anything with me from home, can I still help with the appeal once I am in Cusco?
If you would like to help our appeal but can't find any suitable items to bring from home or haven't got the spare space to bring them then you can still help us once you arrive in Cusco. You can help us in several ways. There are many second hand clothing shops in the markets of Cusco where you could buy suitable clothing at very cheap prices. For US$20 you could buy a bag full of suitable items. However these shops are not located in particularly safe areas of Cusco so if you come to our office in Cusco we can arrange for someone to go with you to these shops to help get the best bargains. Of course you may want to buy school books or pens, pencils etc for a local school so we can help you with that as well.
If I leave things at your office in Cusco, how do I know you'll distribute them fairly?
When you leave items at our office in Cusco we'll ask you to register your items in our project log book. We'll ask for you name, email address and a brief description of the items you are donating. We'll keep a file of our distributions including details of the items distributed, the date and village, as well as a photographic journal of each distribution. All will be available for inspection in our office. We will also transfer this information onto our web site which will be updated on a quarterly basis with news of the appeal's progress.
If you are coming to Cusco there are a few simple things that you could do to help. Why not help by bringing any of your no longer useful second hand clothes, any toys, school equipment or books? We gather together as many things as we can and take them into the local schools in and around Cusco. All you need to do is hand your clothes, books, stationary etc. into our office and your helping us and the community! So easy! - thanks
The weather is always fresh in Cusco and especially in the mountains. The seasons changing throughout the year are not very evident, it is however possible to distinguish two well-defined seasons: the rainy season (November to March) and the dry season (April to October).
The average temperature in the city is about 11 - 19 degrees Celsius at day. At night the temperature gets even colder. If your in the mounting hiking, be sure to take some warm layers of clothes.
Inka trail climate - Varies along the length of the trail. During the first 2 days it can get quite warm with the sun out and a little dry. These first two nights however are very cold so you will need lots of layers. The third and fourth day are more humid with the third night being a little more temperate.