I LOVE train travels, especially if said journey involves beautiful scenery following Rio Urubamba through the Andes.
I’m glad we decided to take the train to Aguas Calientes. It came with a hefty price – $120 USD for a return journey. I initially had some doubts on how good this train ride could really be. My doubts vanished as soon as I saw the carriage we were in – air conditioned, wide window panels, and comfortable seating. I was even more impressed when the snack and drinks cart rolled around.
If you want to replicate our journey, we booked with Perurail. I wasn’t able to make my payments online so I emailed them and manually submitted a credit card authorization form.
You’ll have to get yourself to Ollantaytambo train station by taking a collectivo or a private taxi from Cusco. It’s all for the better anyways because Ollantaytambo is a cute little town you won’t regret spending some time in.
Hint: the collectivo is much less expensive at 10 Soles per person compared to ~100 soles for a private taxi.
Hint #2: Facing forward, sit on the left hand side for better views.
Here are 10 photos (from about 60 or so) I took from that ride. Enjoy!
P.s. all photos taken with my cellphone camera because it was way too cumbersome to take out my DSLR. Plus the couples sharing the seat with us practically took all the space on the table with their huge bags and walking sticks. They were one of the travelers I talked about in this highlight post. Absolutely no etiquette whatsoever. I am appalled.