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CUSCO - MACHU PICCHU ROUTE

Cusco/Machu Picchu

 

CUSCO

POROY

OLLANTAYTAMBO

MACHU PICCHU

Train

Departs

Arrives

Departs

Arrives

Departs

Arrives

H.Bingham

   

09:00

   

12:30

Vistadome

06:00

06:40

06:45

08:05

08:15

09:40

Backpacker

06:15

07:05

07:10

08:35

08:40

10:10

Machu Picchu/Cusco

 

MACHU PICCHU

OLLANTAYTAMBO

POROY

CUSCO

Train

Departs

Arrives

Departs

Arrives

Departs

Arrives

H.Bingham

18:30

 

09:00

 

22:00

 

Vistadome

15:30

16:55

17:00

18:20

18:30

19:20

Backpacker

15:55

17:35

17:40

19:15

19:25

20:20


Round Trip Prices including VAT:

  • H.Bingham US$ 496.00
  • Vistadome  US$ 167.00
  • Backpaker  US$ 119.00

Frequency: Daily Departures from San pedro Station.

Prices and Times may Vary/Subject to change.

About this Route

The train journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a highlight of any trip to the Andes.  The scenery is simply spectacular, and the recently refurbished Vistadomes with their panoramic windows allow you to enjoy it in comfort.

The 3 1/4 hour journey takes you through a changing landscape.  First there is a steep climb out of Cusco into the surrounding hillside, by means of a series of switchback turns known locally as "the zig zag".  Soon the train stops at the beautiful village of Poroy, and then descends into the Sacred Valley, passing by lush, green fields and colourful villages in the foothills of the Andes.  From here on, there are wonderful vistas of the mountains and, deep in its dramatic canyon, the beautiful Urubamba River running through the Sacred Valley.

For optimum views of the Andes, windows have been installed into the carriage ceilings.  Also, a newly enhanced food-and-drink service, plus individual slip-down tables have been added.

And what a destination awaits you!  Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, is one of the wonders of the Americas.  The stunning ruins of the ancient citadel, perched on a mountain peak high in the Andes, are perhaps the greatest surviving testament to Inca civilization.  Built in the 15th and 16th centuries, Machu Picchu was the secret city of the Incas, never discovered by the Spanish.  It was only rediscovered in 1911, by an American, Professor Hiram Bingham, and it remains South America´s most spectacular archaeological site.

Make sure you leave plenty of time to explore Cusco as well.  This city, which dates from around 1200 AD, is the historic heart of Inca civilization.  Wander the network of ruined temples and palaces, and learn of the Incas´ ancient religious practices, centred in the majestic Temple of the Sun.  Just as fascinating is the colonial history of Cusco. See how the Spanish built their lavish churches on the sites of the Inca temples.

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