Journey by train

To travel by train to Machu Picchu, PERURAIL, the company that operates the Southern Railways, offers a wide variety of services which cover the needs of the different types of travellers to the former Inca citadel or the nearby area.

1. To take the so‑called INCA ROUTE ‑Cuzco/Machu Picchu/Cuzco‑ the train departs from the San Pedro station. One can choose between different options: a) Vistadome ( also note as Autovagon or Autowagon ) , which is the fastest and most comfortable, as well as the most suitable for photography buffs, due to the large windows this train is equipped with; b) Inexpensive Tourism/Backpacker Express, which is the most economical means of travel, that has been created recently for travellers who enjoy adventure tourism, The train is equipped with suitable shelves in order to accommodate the camping equipment that these passengers often carry.

2. There is another route that also leads to MachuPicchu. It is similar to the previous one, but shorter. It is referred to as the OLLANTA ROUTE Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu/Ollantaytambo and begins in the main intermediate station, Ollanta. There are two different ways to take this route: a) by the Ferrostal Service, which has coaches equipped with large windows that are ideal for photography buffs; b) by the Backpacker Cerrojo, which is more economical than the previous option. This service has been created recently. It is also designed for adventuresome passengers who, after spending the night in the Sacred Valley, would like to travel to Machu Picchu from the Ollanta station.

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3. POR
OY MACHU PICCHU / MACHU PICCHU POROY ROUTES: The Poroy station is located 18 km. from Cuzco, right in the Urubamba valley. This official station allows passengers and travel agencies to choose between the usual winding route, which takes an hour longer in both directions, and a shorter route departing from or arriving at Poroy (add a 20 minutes drive to or from Cuzco). perurail is planning to terminate the construction of a train turntable to offer a Poroy Machu Picchu Poroy direct line by mid 2003. Nevertheless, the traditional winding route shall still be offered as an alternative.
Depending on the means of transportation and the time of day that one chooses to travel to Machu Picchu, there are trains which depart for Machu Picchu starting at dawn and during the early morning hours.
These trains take 90 minutes to travel to or from the Aguas Caliente station. The Aguas Caliente station is located in a small town near the Machu Picchu citadel. There are several shops, restaurants and different possibilities of lodging for travellers who decide to spend the night here. Such a stay also allows them to enjoy the impressive views of Machu Picchu and its environs at dawn and dusk. Some also choose to travel on foot between Aguas Calientes and the Machu Picchu citadel. This takes about an hour. However, usually the trip is made by bus. The return trip to the city of Cuzco is available in the mid afternoon or at dusk.
Travellers can also organize the trip to Machu Picchu on their own. One can purchase tickets in the main reservation station at Wanchaq station or through a travel agency. Most of the travel agencies are located in the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco or the surrounding area. They offer itineraries which include a guide and all services, including the option of picking up travellers at their respective hotels and taking them to the station.
The visit by train to Machu Picchu can be done in a day, departing from Cuzco at dawn and returning in the midafternoon or at dusk. Nevertheless, this form of travel is extremely tiresome and hasty.
One of the most noteworthy attractions of Machu Picchu is being able to leisurely gaze at the citadel under the wide range of daylight that falls on each corner of the archaeological site as the day progresses, especially during the rainy season.

Selected Travel programs to Machu Picchu by Train

The best packages to the Magestic City of Peru Machu Picchu Tours

Program Duration Highlights
MACHU PICCHU EXPRESS 3 DAYS 3 Days and 2 Nights Cusco, Machu Picchu
MACHU PICCHU CLASSIC 4 DAYS 4 Days and 3 Nights Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
NEW PISAQ & MACHUPICCHU 5 DAYS 5 Days and 4 Nights Cusco,  Ruins of Pisac, Sacred Valley of the Inkas, Ollantaytambo,  Maras, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Aguas Calientes, Putukusi


6 Days and 5 Nights Cusco, Moray, Maras, Salinas, Aguas Calientes, Mandor, Putukusi, Wayna Picchu, Intipunku, Machu Picchu
MACHU PICCHU LIGHT ADVENTURE 6 DAYS 6 Days and 5 Nights Cusco , Horse Back riding to Cusco Ruins, Sacsayhuaman, Agus calientes, Machu Picchu.
CUSCO NATURE 7 DAYS 7 Days and 6 Nights Cusco, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, horse riding adventure, short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
CUSCO ADVENTURE BUDGET 8 DAYS 8 Days and 7 Nights Cusco, Inca Trail hike up to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Rafting

Machu Picchu Peru 100 Years Discovery

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