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 passengers 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 station
of San Pedro. 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 passengers 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. It begins
in the main intermediate station, Ollanta. There are
two different ways to take this route: a) by the
Ferrostal Service, which has wagons 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
adventures passengers who, after spending the night
in the Sacred Valley, would like to travel to Machu
Picchu from the Ollanta.
3. POROY MACHU PICCHU / MACHU PICCHU POROY
ROUTES: The Poroy station is located 18 km. from
Cuzco, at the right of 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).
Depending on the means of transportation and the
time of the day that one chooses to travel to Machu
Picchu, there are trains that depart to Machu Picchu
starting at dawn and during the early morning hours.
These trains take 90 minutes to travel to or from
the station of Aguas Caliente. This station is
located in a small town near the Machu Picchu
citadel. There are several shops, restaurants and
different possibilities of lodging for travelers who
decide to spend the night here. Such a stay also
allows them to enjoy the impressive views of Machu
Picchu and its surroundings 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.
Travelers 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 travelers 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 espectacular 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.
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