the-360-machu-picchu-by-train-inca-railToday there are many ways to get to the sacred city of the Incas “Machu Picchu”, among many options is the trip to Machu Picchu by train, either from the station of Ollantaytambo (sacred valley) or Poroy station (located 20 min from the city of Cusco).

Every day hundreds of tourists from all corners of the world, make the trip to Machu Picchu, each taking the desired trip or route. There are many travel alternatives such as: travel by bus, travel to Machu Picchu by train, the Inca trail, the Salkantay route, travel through the Inca jungle, among other variants of the routes mentioned.

A train trip to Machu Picchu may be one of the best options if the visitor has little time to stay in the city, since generally this trip is only made during one day.

Many of the visitors opt for this trip. Because, it favors its economy and it is a trip where no effort is required during the tour.

Another of the great advantages, the trip to Machu Picchu by train. It is that, the trip can be made without much time of reservation, Because the tourist operators generally offer tourist packages that include the trip to Machu Picchu. The visitor can request to make the adventure to Machu Picchu with little time of anticipation (2 days is the most advisable thing). The tourist company will give you all the information and they will be in charge of your trip plan with all the necessary tickets and documents.

The most recommendable thing is to make the trip with the service of a tourist company, of course you can do it your way without any plan or itinerary, but you must take all possible precautions about the trip such as: train schedules, points or starting stations of travel, hire a specialized tour guide to enter Machu Picchu (mandatory), safe travel plans, hotel reservations (very necessary if you decide to stay more than one day in Machu Picchu town) and many more things.

The trip to Machu Picchu by train for a day, usually starts from the station of Ollantaytambo (sacred valley), is there where the return trip also ends.

In order to board your train, you must make a 1hr 40 min trip from the city of Cusco to Ollantaytambo. It is convenient to make this trip in advance, since the train only makes the stop of a few minutes, only to pick up travelers and runs the risk of missing your trip if you arrive too late.

An exclusive trip to Machu Picchu follows almost the same itinerary as the normal and economic trips. With the difference that, during that trip you can have more freedom, exclusive wagons, services on board and services of live animation. The trip generally starts from Poroy station (Cusco) with a reception of muisca presentation and Andean dances.

The exclusive trip to Machu Picchu is always available for those who can afford it. Since it is a somewhat expensive trip, it is always in charge of a tour operator, who offers a differentiated service and with a professional guide.

Is it advisable to make a trip to Machu Picchu by train?


As mentioned above, it is recommended if the visitor has very little time to stay in Cusco.

The trip by train is economic. You will not need a place to spend the night, and the hotels in Machu Picchu town are not very inexpensive.

It will not be necessary to spend more than is required on food, as it is a one-day trip.

You can get a train ride only 2 or 3 days in advance, unlike the trip to Machu Picchu by Inca Trail, which requires more than 3 months of plans and reservations.

It is highly recommended to make the trip in charge of a tourist agency, will give you greater security and the tour guide will ensure a fair trip, without news, with confidence and especially with a comfortable itinerary and not run the risk of missing the trip.

What are the disadvantages of travelling to Machu Picchu by train?

This point is very important to take into account. Because, the trip of only one day is very limited to be able to enjoy everything that Machu Picchu offers.

Many travelers take the trip to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail, perhaps because of the unique and unforgettable experience (as described by the travelers who had the opportunity to take the Inca Trail). Because, in addition to visiting the citadel of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, a trip of more days, presents you with a greater diversity of adventures such as:

– Walk to Machu Picchu Mountain.
– Walk to the entrance or door of the sun.
– Visit to the thermal baths.
– Visit to Mandor waterfall.
– Adventure walks through the Inca jungle.
– many more.

We “inkatimetours“, a tourist agency located in the city of Cusco, provide services for all travel routes to Machu Picchu. We make a trip to Machu Picchu by train very pleasant and enjoyable for tourists during their stay in Cusco. We are at your service and help you plan your next trip to Machu Picchu.

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