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Machu Picchu Route


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Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu Route
 Map - Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Route

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 travel this route on our Vistadome trains.

Vistadome Train  |

Urubamba - Sacred Valley, Peru
What's Included:

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


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

The Vistadome trains depart from San Pedro Station in Cuzco. 


Train:   Departs Arrives

Vistadome 1

Urubamba 06:10 -
  Ollantaytambo 07:05 7:00
  Machu Picchu - 8:20

Vistadome 2

Machu Picchu 08:35 -
  Ollantaytambo - 10:05

Vistadome 3

Ollantaytambo 10:30 -
  Machu Picchu - 11:45

Vistadome 4

Machu Picchu 13:20 -
  Ollantaytambo - 14:40

Vistadome 5

Ollantaytambo 14:55 -
  Machu Picchu - 16:15

Vistadome 6

Machu Picchu 16:45 -
  Ollantaytambo 18:10 18:05
  Urubamba - 19:15


Machu Picchu, Peru
The train departs from San Pedro station in Cuzco
and quickly climbs out of the imperial city along a series of zig-zagging 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 towns 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. 

Train stopped on route to Machu PicchuBeyond 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 kilometres 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 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 Wińay 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.  

Vistadome Train  |


Sacred Valley of the Incas (Ollantaytambo): 

Machu Picchu

  • Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
  • Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Cuzco (Cusco)

PLEASE NOTE: We only book these train excursions and hotels with other services booked through our company. 

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