A train ride through the Sacred Valley, flanked by towering mountains and offering glimpses of glittering snow-capped peaks, is one of the world’s most remarkable train journeys, enhanced by excellent service and comfortable, well-maintained carriages.
The most extensive train option Perurail offers departs from Poroy, a twenty-five-minute taxi ride from central Cusco (other travelers depart from the Urubamba and Ollantaytambo train stations). Before rapidly descending to the Urubamba valley through various routes, we cross the Anta plains and enter the Pomatales valley.
The pretty Ollantaytambo train station, the departure point for many train passengers these days, is right next to the river, which the train follows as it winds through the valley, stopping briefly at Km 104. Where the SHORT INCA TRAIL begins. The rail trail then follows the side of the Urubamba River as the valley becomes more closed, and the mountains become increasingly forested, steeper, and seemingly higher. The end of the line is the station at Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as Aguas Calientes), a busy tourist town that clusters in the valley a short bus ride from the ruins. From Cusco (Poroy Station), the trip lasts more than three hours; It is about an hour and a half from Ollantaytambo.