PeruRail Vistadome: A beautifully unique experience on your journey to Machu Picchu

The journey from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo) is best travelled via train. As you board the Vistadome train you realise that this is no ordinary train journey and you in for a unique treat. As you travel alongside the snaking Urubamba river, overlooked by the peaks of the Andes mountains, what better way to enjoy the view than with the Vistadome’s panoramic windows enabling you to take in the stunning views around every turn.

Why choose the Vistadome train?

  • What really sets the Vistadome apart are the panoramic windows which offer wonderful scenic views along the route, truly immersing those onboard in the beauty of rumbling Urubamba river and the corn filled plains of the Sacred Valley which give way to jungle covered mountains. You’ll be able to get great photos as a way to remember one of the most incredible train journeys in the world.

  • Air conditioned carriages and comfortable leather seats offer a relaxing journey.
  • Return trips on the Vistadome have a fashion show featuring Peruvian clothes made of alpaca wool which can be bought by those onboard, as well as a live Andean dancing show. You are also served a complimentary drink and a snack.

How long is the train to Machu Picchu?

From Poroy station (located approximately 20 minutes from central Cusco), the journey to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours 50 minutes with two daily departures: 7:35am and 8:25am.

From the Ollantaytambo the journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes, with practical and fast travel experience, with a wide range of departure times throughout the day.

From Urubamba to Machu Picchu it takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with one departure at 6.50am daily.

What you need to know about travelling to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) by train: 

  1. The train takes you to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo), which is the town closest to Machu Picchu itself. In order to get to the Wonder of the World, you need to take a 20-30 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu. There are hotels and restaurants in the town and it is a good place to rest before or after your trip to Machu Picchu, with the majority situated between 5 and 10 minutes walk from the train station.
  2. Trains leave from a number of stations within the Sacred Valley, including Ollantaytambo, Urubamba and Poroy (which is often advertised as Cusco as it is close to the city but is still a taxi drive away from central Cusco where you’ll likely be staying). We recommend spending some time at Ollantaytambo to see the ancient fortress or Urubamba to enjoy the Sacred Valley and catching the train from one of them as you continue on to Machu Picchu.
  3. Often, your return train from Machu Picchu Pueblo will be later in the day and likely to be dark so you won’t see the beautiful views of the Sacred Valley on your way back towards Cusco.
  4. Getting the train to Machu Picchu Pueblo isn’t the only way to get there, as it is possible to go by car/van however it’s not recommended as it’s both unsafe and uncomfortable due to the state of the trails you ride along to get there.

If you are interested in taking the PeruRail Vistadome train, learn more here. 

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