After finally getting the tickets sorted, I was ready for the train to and from Machu Picchu.
The Train Station
Get there early and order a mocha while waiting for your train and so you can take some photos of the carriage.
The cabin reminds me of the underwater restaurant in Conrad Maldives.
The Train to Machu Picchu
The train ride there was great because it was empty. We had a booth to ourselves and enjoyed a bottle of white while we made the 3.5 hour journey. While there was no Wi-Fi, there was still plenty to do and see whether it be through the window or the skylight ceilings.
On the way there I also had some coca tea and the local purple corn juice. Say yes to coca, say no to chica morada. The lunch was also satisfying. Judging by the look of the passengers riding in economy, it would appear that splurging for middle class was worth it.
The Train Back
On the way back, the train was packed. The same drinks were offered, and I passed on the coke for cafe along with two pisco sours, the Peruvian traditional drink. For entertainment, there was a dancing man and a full on fashion show. Alpacca to Peru is cashmere to Mongolia. The workers put on a show using the train car as the catwalk to demonstrate the latest ‘pacca clothing. The garments are not cheap. A baby ‘pacca sweater went for $170. Drinks, food, and a fashion show were a great way to cap off a hectic day.
I love trains. Whether it be the one from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or the lazy route to Machu Picchu, trains can’t be beat. The price is a bit steep, but judging by the occupancy, it has little effect on tourists making the trek.