10 Best Railroad Journeys in South America – #6 Train to Machu Picchu
February 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
Machu Picchu is without a doubt one of the best places to visit in South America. Named one of the 7 wonders of the new world, the archaeological remains of the Incan people is an amazing site to behold. For most travelers the way they reach Machu Picchu is via a spectacular train ride.
Departing from either Cusco or the Sacred Valley the train journeys alongside the Urubamba River, passing by fields, snow capped Andes Mountains, Inca terraces and lesser known Incan sites. There are bridges, tunnels, and as you draw near to your arrival the scenery changes to the tropical cloud forest.
There are two railway lines which offer service to Machu Picchu Inca Rail and Perurail. Inca Rail offers service between the Urubamaba Valley and Machu Picchu offering either First Class or Executive Class accommodations.
Peru Rail is operated by Orient Express. Their trains depart either from the Poroy Station just outside of Cusco or the Urubamba Station near Ollantaytambo. Passengers of Peru Rail’s can choose between the levels of service they wish the levels include Backpacker, Expedition, Vistadome, and the Hiram Bingham Train which is could best be described as a travel experience the service includes brunch (in the morning) – wine and cheese (in the afternoon), local beers and wine, entrance to Machu Picchu, tea at the sanctuary lodge and onboard entertainment – a folkloric show on the way to Machu Picchu and fashion show on the return.