Making Tracks at 360°

13 Mar 2018
2 min read
This month Peru welcomes the new panoramic train service to Machu Picchu launched by Inca Rail…

Travellers venturing to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu will now have an even wider choice of train travel available to them as Inca Rail launches its brand-new service, The 360° Machu Picchu Train.

Inca Rail offers an authentic rail experience between Cusco, the Incan Fortress town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu, also known as The Lost City of the Incas. The 1 hour 45 minute journey from Ollantaytambo follows the cascading Urubamba River as the adjacent river and rail tracks meander through lush vegetation and amazing landscapes, passing picturesque villages, Inca ruins.

The train’s domed panoramic windows are taller and wider than all others currently operating on this route giving passengers an enhanced view of the soaring Andes mountain range as they travel to Machu Picchu. The new train also features an open-air observation carriage at the centre of the train, allowing passengers to step out, breathe in the crisp mountain air, and fully immerse themselves in the spectacular scenery on show. These benefits are what make Inca Rail’s new service Peru’s most scenic train to Machu Picchu.

 The on-board experience is further enhanced by the latest modern connectivity, including USB ports at each seat for charging smartphones and other devices. Passengers can download a special GPS activated app at the start of their journey, which will provide a deeper insight into the passing scenery which includes the roaring Urubamba river valley, cloud forest draped peaks and Inca ruins. The culinary experience on board is authentically Peruvian, with a light meal comprising of energising regional snacks and organic pressed juices included on the service.

The 360° Machu Picchu Train is available to book for daily departures from 1st March 2018, with a capacity of 248 passengers on each route. There will be 2 departures per day from Poroy station, on the outskirts of the Inca capital of Cusco. 4 departures per day are made from Ollantaytambo, the main station of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located in between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Prices start from £260 per person for a return journey between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.

Distinct carriages cater to the individual preferences of guests and include an Executive Class, First Class and the brand new 360° Machu Picchu Train sitting perfectly between the 2 traditional classes and offering impressive domed ceilings. All carriages offer a relaxing environment incorporating ambient lighting, comfortable seating with tables, panoramic UV protected windows, air-conditioning and integrated sound system. Guests choosing to upgrade to the First Class can enjoy numerous extra benefits such as a private bus service to and from Machu Picchu itself, as well as a delicious gourmet meal on-board.

Private charters and a further upgraded service ‘Presidential Class’ available upon request.