Wednesday March 05, 2014 - Posted by webmaster
Train or Trek to Machu Picchu: which should you take?
No trip to Peru is complete without visiting its most recognizable landmark – Machu Picchu.
But what’s best for your visit: Trek or Train to Machu Picchu: which should you take?
Machu Picchu Facts
First a quick overview with some Machu Picchu facts. Because the Spanish never discovered Machu Picchu during their conquest, it is one of the most well-preserved Inca sites. Most archaeologists believe Machu Picchu, which means “old mountain” in Quechua, was built as a resort for the Inca emperor Pachacutec and the location held sacred religious significance because of the surrounding landscape.
Construction began around 1450 at the height of the Inca Empire, but the city was abandoned, still unfinished, just over 100 years later during the Spanish conquest. American historian Hiram Bingham “rediscovered” the city in 1911 and brought it to international attention. Since then Machu Picchu has been declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in a worldwide internet poll in 2007, it was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; it is Peru’s most popular tourist destination.
Machu Picchu Tours by train
So you’re definitely visiting Machu Picchu when you are in Cusco and Peru. But what is the best Machu Picchu Tour for you? How do you get there?
There are basically two options: 1) do a Machu Picchu Tour, or 2) do a Machu Picchu Hike.
In other words: you either take the train, or you go on a trek. If you don’t have much time in Peru, or you think sleeping in a tent sounds like a nightmare, the train is the way to go.
There are three trains to Machu Picchu:
- The Expedition train. The least expensive but still comfortable, with large side and overhead windows;
- The Vistadome train.Which has leather seats and more leg room, and includes a snack and an Andean dance show; and
- The Hiram Bingham train. One of the best trains in the world, it provides a first-class experience that includes welcome aperitifs, wine, on-board entertainment, a tour guide and tea time in Machu Picchu.