Picture This: Riding The Expedition Train to Machu Picchu

Picture This: Riding The Expedition Train to Machu Picchu

There are several routes to Machu Picchu, the most popular tourist site in #Peru. However many of them require days of hiking, camping, and a very liberal definition of the word bathroom. Instead, we took the #train up the mountain - an #aspirational journey if ever there was one.


Our days of hiking four days over rough terrain are probably behind us, so attempting The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was out.

Luckily, there is another alternative.

Ready to board the train up to Machu Picchu, Peru
Ready to board the train up to Machu Picchu, Peru
Skylights allow natural light to flood the cars - so pretty!
Skylights allow natural light to flood the cars - so pretty!
A local woman and her puppy friendLife goes on outside the window
A local woman and her puppy friend

PeruRail operates several trains a day to the town of Aguas Calientes along track originally laid in 1928.

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Vistadome Train Ride to Machu Picchu

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 Machu Picchu, Urubamba Province, Cusco, Peru
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The town sits in the valley below Machu Picchu and the narrow gauge ride down the Urubamba River, through spectacular Andes mountain scenery, took us on the second highest railroad in the world, after the Qinghai–Tibet Railway.

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A first glimpse of snowy mountain peaks
A glimpse of Veronica's peak, covered in snow

About 15 minutes out of Ollantaytambo, we spotted an enormous snow covered peak, only to find that it was named Veronica.

How about that? We just got here and they're already naming mountains after us.

We just got here and they're already naming mountains after us

And not just any old mountain either, she sports a summit over three and a half miles high.

The train marches on...
The train marches on...
A local woman and her puppy friendLife goes on outside the window
Life goes on outside the window
Our train tracks wind along a peaceful stream
Our train tracks wind along a peaceful stream

As we rode along we saw agricultural terraces on the valley slopes, many which are still in use.

Descending downstream, the environment changed as we moved from alpine meadows into tropical rainforest.

By the time we reached the end of the line every inch of land was covered by thick jungle.

Thick, lush, green jungle surrounded our train
Thick, lush, green jungle surrounded our train
Descending further and further 
Descending further and further 

At that point, we were close enough to our goal of Machu Picchu to feel the excitement.

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