Reaching Machu Picchu - one of the most magical and visited places on the planet - is in itself exciting, but doing it in a panoramic train, with windows and glass roof, which allow you to enjoy the fabulous views, is a truly extraordinary experience.
On the Vistadome or Panoramic train
from PeruRail, every detail is thought out. From the food, the bar, the service on board, the dances, and a team that ensures that the experience is a dream.
The only thing needed is the will to be amazed by the natural environment. Waiting there are endless curves, curves, tunnels, snowcapped mountains that seem to hug us and a dense rain forest.
The tour includes everything and the traveler just needs to abandon himself in front of the glazed windows and let himself be enchanted and prepare for the arrival at the fabulous ruins of Machu Picchu.
On the way to the city of Machu Picchu
Congratulations to those brave adventurers without fear of anything who choose one of the two ways to get to the city of Machu Picchu, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes. We refer to the Inca Trail, a beautiful Homeric journey of 3 days and 3 nights that requires courage, strength of spirit and -of course- good legs. But for those who prefer to save energy for the labyrinthine and steep steps of the ancient Inca city, this train is perhaps the most recommended.
Four options, the same destination
There are four different types of trains that leave for or from the Aguas Calientes station, the last stop before reaching the ruins. All offer, in one way or another, the possibility of looking outside from the inside of their wagons. But it is the Vistadome that stands out the most, assuring the passenger a bubble-like experience that will not even allow us to blink. His brothers, the Belmond Hiram Bingham, the Perurail Sacred Valley are not far behind and also offer, whether from their wagons, from the dining room or from the viewing car, the possibility of enjoying the outside from their large windows.
Where, when, how much ...
From Ollantaytambo or Urubamba stations it is possible to travel on any of the four kinds of trains at any time of the year. You can also enjoy this trip from Cusco, but only from May to the end of December. Between January 2 and April 30, PeruRail only operates the bimodal service - by bus and train.
It is possible to get to Cusco by plane - an hour from Lima-, by train -on a trip of just over 10 hours from Puno-, or by road.
PeruRail offers 7 seven departures to the Machu Picchu station, also known as the "Aguas Calientes" station. Price varies by dates, departure station, and train type and schedule, but expect to pay the equivalent of $ 90 for a one-way ticket at the Vistadome.
Whether by air, water or land, in modern times there is a denominator that seems common. Long waits, spaces between seats increasingly reduced and trips that are endless. But this time, reality is different. Reaching Machu Picchu is a pleasure.
Music, dance, gastronomy, sights and scenes that take your breath away ... and of course, the citadel of Machu Picchu. With this prelude, the main dish, the fantastic citadel of Machu Picchu, will become a much more pleasant experience.