The boarding process was pretty simple, but keep in mind, you should buy your ticket ahead of time and at the Cusco airport you have to provide your emailed copy with your PASSPORT, people the passport is a big deal here. Can’t do really anything without it. Keep it safe. Anyhow, after you get your “ticket” at the airport, when you arrive in Ollantaytambo, you get your ticket stamped.
Read all the fine print! NO large suitcases. Five of the nine of use had to exchange their suitcases for duffel bags and leave the suitcases in their luggage holding room. Read the dimension requirements! There really is hardly any room, I pushed my case behind the seat where I was sitting.
After the train gets going, you realize that they are sharing the track with Peru Rail so be patient, the train does slow down and stop a few times. We were just in the basic seats, they were comfy enough and with a great view! We were served complimentary tea or juice, biscotti, and lovely chocolate.
The Urubamba River follows this train all the way to the Machu Picchu Station. It took almost 2 hours. The ride is BOUNCY! Watch your drinks, books or anything left on the table in front of you, it will bounce off! So before I could snap the picture I saw the sign for the Inca Trail. It looks hard, but if you are fit or it is on your bucket list, then go for it. We are taking the bus up to Machu Picchu.
We all were sleepy after all, it had been almost 24 hours of travel, altitude over 10,000 feet, bumpy roads, bumpy trains and needed some rest! I hope you enjoy my videos of the scenery. It is really hard to take a picture when the train is bee-bopping around!
This is a quick video of what I can hear outside of my room. We are staying at one of the many hostels, the Samananchis – Machu Picchu. They met us at the train station, helped us with our bags, and boy were we tired. It was dark by now and we just wanted water and a warm bed. Our rooms are comfy. We have our own showers and a TV. I used Booking.com There are plenty of hostel/hotels to choose from.
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