10 Best Railroad Journeys in South America – #6 Train to Machu Picchu

February 2, 2011 § 1 Comment

Perurail to Machu Picchu

Perurail Train to Machu Picchu

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.


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§ One Response to 10 Best Railroad Journeys in South America – #6 Train to Machu Picchu

  • Monex says:

    Whats the point in all that fatigue anyway if you can take the train right?…Well rail transport to Machu Picchu is indeed a good alternative for the trekking-adverse not better nor worse just different. Still charming and attractive yet much more comfortable….Train transport to Machu Picchu is managed by Peru Rail a company of the Orient Express group which also runs the exclusive in Cusco and in Lima ….The spectacular journey begins at Cusco with a series of switchbacks or zig-zags as they are know locally that last for half-hour the trains ascends the Picchu mountain up to the citys highest point El Arco or The Arch and out of Cusco into the village of Poroy….The train then descends into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes along the Urubamba River passing through a beautiful landscape packed with typical Andean crops and grasslands herds of llamas and colourful villages….Rail transportation to Machu Picchu features two basic route alternatives and three carriage qualities….In alternative to the you can choose to take the train at Ollaytantambo or Urubamba in the heart of the . Regarding carriage qualities You can choose among the plain Backpacker train the more upscale VistaDome train or the luxurious which departs from the village of Poroy some 20 minutes from Cuscos city centre ….Trains to Machu Picchu ..

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