Conservation Through Meaningful Experiences

Conservation through Tourism

We believe that tourism can be a powerful, positive force towards conservation of ecology and culture by placing economic value on these critical resources. You can participate in these activities by exploring our community-based experiences in Choquechaca or trekking remote regions of The Great Inca Trail, a living road that connected the two capitals of the Inca Empire.

8 Day Great Inca Trail Expedition

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail

Indulge in the adventure of a lifetime when you hike a pristine section of the Great Inca Trail, a 25,000-mile road network widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest engineering marvels. For five days you’ll traverse a remote, rugged and spectacular swath of Peru’s Northern Andes that very few tourists have ever visited. You will follow in the footsteps of the Incas – treading their great road, camping at ancient refuges and relying on llamas to carry your luggage – under the watchful guidance of an experienced local guide, chef and porters. 

12 Day Great Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Huaraz, 4 nights on the trail, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town

Experience two of the Incas’ greatest accomplishments on this 12-day Great Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tour. First, follow in the footsteps of the Incas on a remote and pristine section of the Great Inca Trail, a magnificent engineering marvel that very few people have ever visited. You will spend 5 days hiking on the Incas’ great road, camping at their ancient refuges and depending on llamas to carry your luggage. Then fly to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, to experience the wonders of the city, the Sacred Valley and the magnificent citadel at Machu Picchu in private, guided comfort.

8 Day Active Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour

1 night in Lima, 3 nights Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, and 2 nights in Cuzco

This 8-day Sacred Valley tour is for people who like to get their blood pumping while seeing the glorious historical sights the Sacred Valley has to offer. You will travel by horseback to visit the remote indigenous community of Choquechaca. Learn about their ancient weaving traditions, enjoy a freshly prepared mountainside lunch, and explore the ruins of Pumamarca, before heading on to tour Machu Picchu and Cuzco in style.

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Why you Absolutely Need to Hike The Great Inca Trail

The 25,000-mile road network known as the Qhapaq Ñan was the glue that held the Inca empire together. For a road to survive, it has to be walked. Which is why, for the first time ever, we’re offering luxury treks along select stretches of the road. You’ll traverse pristine Andean scenery, centuries-old traditional villages, and some of the finest ruins in all of Peru – and you’ll do it all with a train of llamas.

Becoming Part of Peru's Andean Community

A day’s hike from the Sacred Valley hamlet of Ollantaytambo, through lush agricultural valleys that quickly turn to steep shrub-covered slopes, sits the Choquechaca plane. This isolated clearing, surrounded by peaks scraping the sky at 20,000 feet, is the humble home of the Sincha family, several generations of indigenous locals who have survived in this rural part of Peru by living off the land just as their Incan ancestors did hundreds of years before.

Kuska School

When traveling to Choquechaca you will also have the opportunity to learn about and donate to the Kuska school of Ollantaytambo.

~ Explorer's Notebook ~

The Great Inca Trail - Part IX

The Great Inca Trail - Part IX

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part VIII

The Great Inca Trail - Part VIII

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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The Great Inca Trail - Part VII

The Great Inca Trail - Part VII

Follow along as Chief Explorer of SA Expeditions hikes 4 months from Ecuador to Cusco, Peru along The Great Inca Trail, the central road of a 25,000 mile transportation network known as the Qhapaq Ñan which connected the the Inca Empire. His pursuit of this great adventure has several folds, but all share the ultimate goal of conserving this historic road system for generations to come.
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“We had realized a dream of walking the Great Inca Trail across the Andes for 130 days…An adventure that has forever changed us, and we hope, the future trajectory of one of the most important roads of pre-industrial man...the Qhapaq Ñan!”

 - Nick Stanziano, Founder & Chief Explorer

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