A luxury train to Machu Picchu, the Vistadome Observatory offers a spectacular journey through the Sacred Valley, where both the expansive 360-degree windows, and live Andean dancing, provide unforgettable entertainment as the train chugs through the landscape.


Luxury Train Travel to Peru

The Experience

For those seeking luxury train travel in Peru, a ride on the Vistadome Observatory is an unmissable experience. Its route is mapped between Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, yet this is so much more than an A to B train service. Aboard, travelers can expect an electric atmosphere, one that aims to immerse guests in both the Andean countryside and its culture.

The panoramic windows found throughout the train’s carriages, and within its unique 360-degree Observatory Car – provide unobstructed views of the passing Sacred Valley and the flowing river below, which carves its way through the landscape.

Inside the carriage, there are large spacious seats, providing a comfortable spot from which to enjoy the scenery and onboard refreshments which include a light snack made from local ingredients, as well as hot herbal teas and bottled water.  Alongside the more modern amenities, the train has also been adorned with authentic Andean art and craft; from the brightly colored cushions covered in traditional textiles, to the ceremonial masks which hang from the train walls.

But what makes this luxury Peru train especially unique – and the ideal option for a luxury family vacation to Peru – is the live performances that take place both on the platform and whilst the train is in motion. Dancers in traditional dress, with masks representing animal figures, will perform the Saqra; a traditional dance native to the highlands of Cusco. The impressive show will be set to typical music from the Andes as the train crosses the ancient land on the once-in-a-lifetime journey to Machu Picchu.

The Vistadome Observatory train operates on a bimodal service; daily bus departures will collect travelers from Cusco, transporting them to the train station located in Ollantaytambo, where they will then board the train to Machu Picchu – and vice versa for the return journey.