The Titicaca Train

A breath-taking train journey through the Andes, the PeruRail Titicaca Train takes you from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This full day trip by rail takes approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes.  As the train climbs it winds through mountains and valleys, offering spectacular views of the Huatanay River valleys, traditional Andean villages and picturesque scenes of grazing herds of vicuña and alpaca. It is possible to take the day train from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, or vice versa.

 

The Experience

The star attraction of this full day train ride is the stunning scenery, journeying from Andean peaks to the Altiplano (high plains). This is a slow train ride, one that allows you to truly admire the varied landscapes of Peru. Many travelers miss out on these amazing views by saving time and taking a flight between Cusco and Juliaca, the airport closest to Lake Titicaca. Those with a full day, however, can soak up the scenery in style and comfort on board the Titicaca train, either from your seat or from the observation coach.

The train’s style is elegant and cozy, with large armchairs, tables covered in white tablecloths and dark-brown panelled wood nodding to ‘Pullman Style’ decoration from the 1920s. With a capacity for 132 passengers, the Titicaca train is comprised of six coaches. In addition to the four coaches providing table seating, there is a dedicated bar and semi-open air observation coach. There is also a separate coach for luggage. On board you’ll be served a gourmet lunch, showcasing fresh, local Andean ingredients.

The train stops at La Raya market, the highest point in the journey at 4,300 m above sea level. Here you can stretch your legts, enjoy the scenery, and optionally shop in the local market.

Live music and traditional dances from the Peruvian Altiplano provides on-board entertaintment. Please note that there is no wifi on board.

PeruRail Titicaca Trail – 2018 Schedule 

Cusco to Puno

Wednesday – depart Cusco Wanchaq station at 07:10, arrive Puno station at 17:29.
Friday – depart Cusco Wanchaq station at 07:50, arrive Puno station at 18:08.
Sunday – depart Cusco Wanchaq station at 07:50, arrive Puno station at 18:08.

Puno to Cusco

Monday, Thursday, Saturday – depart Puno train station at 07:30, arrive Cusco Wanchaq station at 17:50.

 

Alternative Train Journeys in Peru 

The Belmond Andean Explorer offers an alternative luxury train ride in Peru, similarly journeying between Cusco and Puno as an overnight luxury sleeper service taking two days and one night. The Belmond Andean Explorer is a five-star premium experience, which also offers the option to continue on to Arequipa for a three day, two night luxury voyage across Southern Peru.

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