The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu may be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but now, the new Inca Rail makes it easier for tourists to see this incredible sight. The new service began on March 1, and offers travelers 360° views of Peru.
Inca Rail has dome-like panoramic windows, which gives passengers the chance to see the landscape as never before. With inbuilt UV protection, this scenic train has stunning views of the Andes mountain range on the way to Machu Picchu.
This magnificent Incan city is set between two towering peaks in the Andes. Machu Picchu is thought by scholars to have been built to play on astronomical elements. Built in the 15th century, and later abandoned, it is famous for its sparkling granite walls, erected without mortar, and its spectacular views.
The New Inca Rail
The new service also boasts an open-air observation deck at the center if the train, where passengers can take in the bracing mountain air, and photograph the breath-taking landscape. It can carry up to 248 passengers a day and is fully inter-connecting. The train plies on two routes, between Poroy and Machu Picchu, and between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
Each seat will be equipped with USB charging ports, and the train offers numerous seasonal local delicacies on a trolley. The Inca Rail also plans to use GPS to give tourists a live commentary on the history and culture of the countryside they will pass on their journey.
Tickets on the 360° Machu Picchu Train are priced at $78 (USD) per person each way during the off-peak season. The cost is set to increase during peak tourist months.