"Your Guide to the Inca Empire"
About Peru History

Train to Machu Picchu

by Olivier

It is a pleasure and an interesting ride when a tourist takes the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Before its final renovations in 2001 due to a landslide in 1998, the train ride gave tourists an intimate view of individual homes making up the sea of houses that run down the slopes of mountainside town from above a crest passing above it. Since then however, the route has somewhat changed.

Today, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is accessible through a fifteen minute ride from Proy starting from the city of Cusco to get to the train. The train will pass a plain and will chug alongside the rushing Urubamba River which is a major water source for many of the communities in the area. You can even observe the local life as you travel by train and find them in their colourful native costumes that have survived throughout generations of inhabitants that settled in the area.

The view of the landscape is breathtaking as you pass through fields and mountains that will open your eyes up to the different Incan ruins, such as the ancient fortresses, that have survived centuries of weathering.

Ollantaytambo is one stop the train will make, which is the perfect time for the tourist to take a few minutes to go to the train platform to view and buy native crafts and hand woven cloth from the locals. Upon continuing the journey, the train will pass through the Urubamba Gorge where you will eventually reach a waterfall area where the Incans used to grow their harvests of food. At the Km104, is where tourists can look forward to a day long trek into Machu Picchu.

The train ride will end in Aguas Calientes, which more recently is referred to Machu Picchu town, where tourists can then choose their hotels, mingle with locals and tourists, and enjoy the local flavours that Peru is most famous for. The actual Machu Picchu ruins are still about two kilometres from Aguas Calientes where you can either take a bus or even hike to if the weather permits.

As one of the World’s Seven Wonders, Machu Picchu is now a sanctuary that runs through the slopes of the mountains. The building of the first structures have been dated to have begun back in AD 1430. Those who choose to take the famous trekking route called the Inca Trail get a special treat when they go to the Sun Gate and get a breathtaking look at the Incan ruins that tell a most fascinating story.

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