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Peru Rail Holidays

Peru Rail Holidays

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Think Peru and the mysterious mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu springs to mind, but this magnificent country has so much more to reward those who give it their time. Where else can you visit a community living on manmade reed islands floating on one of the world’s highest lakes? Watch condors soaring over one of the world’s deepest canyons? Enjoy ornate colonial architecture in the morning and old Incan ruins in the afternoon? Explore jungle or beaches one day and be up in the mountains the next?

The rich culture is anchored by the thriving indigenous communities in the Andes who cleave to their age-old traditions, to which Spanish influence has simply added another dimension. Capital Lima is a vibrant and forward-thinking city, and a culinary hotspot – trying the ceviche is a must, washed down with a pisco sour, while enchanting Arequipa is fully of romantic architecture and laidback vibes. Really, Peru is a land of never-ending adventure.

The amount of rail travel you'll be enjoying varies from tour to tour. You may be exploring a country travelling predominantly by train or perhaps just getting a flavour of how the locals get about with one or two select journeys. We've also included those tours that include a journey on iconic scenic trains. Take a look at the tour inclusions to see how many rail journeys you'll be enjoying in each instance.

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Peru Railways

Travelling by Rail in Peru

Travelling by Rail in Peru

While Peru’s train lines are too disconnected to be called a network, there are a handful of lines that serve a few sections of the country, but with a topography that goes from rugged coastline to towering mountains its not much of a surprise. The most popular railway is the Ferrocarril der Sur, which links Cusco with Aguas Calientes for Machu Picchu and Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

There are three rail operators that run trains to suit a variety of budgets along this line, including PeruRail, which runs the Vistadome and Titicaca trains that you will ride in our Panoramic Peru tour. Super comfortable, with huge windows to help you make the most of the spectacular views and even cultural shows, these are journeys that you will never forget.

PeruRail Vistadome

PeruRail Vistadome

The Vistadome is an observatory train that passes through the breathtaking landscapes of the Sacred Valley to the foot of Machu Picchu. With panoramic windows and an elegant observation car, the views are unparalleled, and a helpful commentary will keep you informed about what you’re seeing. But that’s not where the magic ends – throughout the journey you’re also exposed to authentic culture through music and a Saqra dance show. You can freely move from your comfortable seat to the observation car that features outward facing bench seating and you’ll also be served a snack and hot teas as you travel. This train journey is a highlight of our Panoramic Peru tour. 
PeruRail Titicaca

PeruRail Titicaca

Crossing in the Andes in an epic 10-hour journey, the Titicaca connects Cusco with the city of Puno on Lake Titicaca. Onboard you’ll find a bar and observation car, so you can sip a drink of choice while enjoying the incredible vistas of the mountains and altiplano that you’re passing through. There’s also a three-course gourmet lunch service in the dining car, afternoon tea and a pisco sour demonstration, and cultural performances of typical dances of Puno and Cusco. This incredible journey is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and part of our Panoramic Peru tour.