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Train Cusco to Puno - Other Activity Cusco - Peru

Treat yourself to a train ride through spectacular Andean landscape as a pleasant, more stylish alternative to the bus. The train runs in both directions from either Cusco to Puno via Juliaca or vice versa, a journey that takes nine and a half hours.


When you arrive at the station, your attendant is already outside your carriage, waiting to welcome you aboard (regardless of carriage class). As you begin your journey, the attendant becomes your waiter and you can select between a wide selection of beverages (for which you have to pay). At the same time you can order lunch if you wish, choosing between a set lunch of $15, various entrees, and burgers or sandwiches for $6 or so.


The journey passes through landscapes that are stunningly beautiful. At La Raya, the highest point of the journey, you may alight for a few moments to buy souvenirs from the locals, anxious to make a buck. Passing through the altiplano you can observe campesinos herding sheep, camelids and cattle, as they have for decades. Beats a cramped bus any day.


Most agents can arrange the tickets for you in Puno or Cusco.
Cusco, Peru

Other Activity

Travel Tips: The staff seem to prefer that you pay with dollars on the train.

Price Description: The Andean Explorer ticket costs $143 and includes food and an outdoor observation carriage. The Backpacker ticket costs $22 and doesn't include food or the observation carriage.

Relative price: High End

Days Closed:Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday

Travel Skills: None

You Need to Bring: If you don't want to spend too much, bring food with you onto the train. Prices are quoted in dollars, NOT soles. Don't get confused.

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Here are other activities in and around Cusco that may be of interest: Inka Express, Santuario Animal Cochahuasi, CIMA Hyperbaric Center, Gringo Alley and Sightseeing Bus Tour.

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19 Dec 2007

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