Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu



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The Sacred Valley Railway is a service between the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. The journey begins in Urubamba, in the heart of the magnificent valley, and travels to the legendary ancient citadel in Machu Picchu. The service, which has been in operation since 1928, offers the ideal way to view both the most sacred of valleys and the most spectacular archeological ruins in South America, Machu Picchu. Passengers can choose to travel this route on either our Vistadome or Backpacker trains.

2017 PRICES

 

Train

One-Way

Return

Vistadome

US $46

US $77

Backpacker Shuttle

-

US $57

 

Prices may be subject to change.

 

WHAT"S INCLUDED

Train journey between the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.  Drinks and snacks are available at an additional cost. 

DEPARTURES

Vistadome - Daily (all year round)
Backpacker - Daily (High-season only, 1st April - 31st October)

The Vistadome and Backpacker trains depart from San Pedro Station in Cuzco.

TIMETABLE

Train

 

Departs

Arrives

Vistadome 1
(Reservations for this train must be
made 10 days prior to departure)

Urubamba
Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu

06.10
07.05
-

-
07.00
08.20

Vistadome 2

Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo

 08.35
-

-
10.05

Vistadome 3

Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu

 10.30
-

-
11.45

Vistadome 4

Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo

 13.20
-

-
14.40

Vistadome 5

Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu

14.55
-

-
16.15

Vistadome 6
(Reservations for this train must be
made 10 days prior to departure)

Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo
Urubamba

16.45
18.10
-

-
18.05
19.15

Backpacker Shuttle 1

Ollantaytambo
Machu Picchu

09.05
-

-
11.00

Backpacker Shuttle 2

Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo

16.20
-

-
18.00


Please note: For the Vistadome 1 and 6 trains reservations must be made 10 days prior to departure and are subject to space available.

 

 

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JOURNEY

The train departs from San Pedro station in Cuzco and quickly climbs out of the imperial city along a series of zigzagging switchbacks, which carry it through a chaos of streets between houses, which cling precariously to the hills surrounding Cuzco’s historic centre.

Emerging from the suburban sprawl at El Arco the train is met by the magnificent sight of undulating green uplands unfolding towards the horizon, where they meet on a clear day with the snow capped Vilcabamba Mountains to the northwest.

After passing the small town of Poroy and Cachimayo, the train descends to the plateau of Anta, a patchwork landscape of typical Andean crops and passes lush fields and colorful villages in the foothills of the Andes.

Far to the left, just below the horizon, the massive agricultural terraces of Jaquijahuana can be seen, close to the village of Zurite.   Sadly, these great terraces are all that remain today of what was once a major Inca city lost forever during the first years after the Spanish conquest. 

Beyond the town of Huarocondo the great plain narrows dramatically as the track enters a deep gorge carved by the rushing Pomatales River down which the railway, too, is funneled until it meets the Urubamba River, which runs through the beautiful Sacred Valley

The train passes through extensive areas of terracing dotted with the ruins of Inca fortresses.   Bisecting this are still-visible sections of an ancient, long-abandoned highway adopted by the muleteers of the late 19th century, who used it to travel between Cuzco and the rubber plantations of the Amazon lowlands. 

Five kilometers beyond Pachar, is the village of Ollantaytambo, here, farmers work with the same patience and skill that their ancestors must have employed to shape and then move the huge blocks of stone with which they built both their homes and the temples in which they worshipped. 

As the train leaves Ollantaytambo to begin the last part of its journey to Machu Picchu, the temple complex known as The Fortress, dedicated sometime in the 15th century to the many deities of the Inca pantheon, can be seen to the right above the earthwork ramp once used to drag its monolithic blocks up from the valley floor. 

The railway follows the river into the Urubamba Gorge.   At Coriwaynachina, known simply to the generations of hikers who have begun the Inca Trail there as Km 88, a fine staircase carved into the rock leads to a series of ruined buildings where once, it is said, Inca artisans took advantage of the constant wind that rises from the valley floor to smelt gold.

Emerging from a short tunnel, a series of beautiful agricultural terraces marks the ruins of Qente, which in Quechua means hummingbird.   In this fertile microclimate fed by a nearby waterfall, giant hummingbirds are indeed a common sight in the early morning and bright flowers bloom all year round. 

Surrounded by tall ceibos and rocky outcrops hung with orchids and bromeliads, the train passes Km 104 at Chachabamba, from where the one-day trek to Machu Picchu via the magnificent ruins of Wiñay Wayna begins.

At just 2 kms from Machu Picchu, the train arrives at Aguas Calientes.  Surrounded by the high, green mountains that cradle the famous lost city, as well as myriad other Inca remains, this small town, which is well known for its thermal baths, has blossomed into a popular overnight destination for travelers to Machu Picchu.

 

 

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