My own experience travelling to Machu Picchu

Many words have been written about the ruined Inca city of Machu Picchu, and I can’t think of anything to say about it that hasn’t been said many times already. So I shall content myself with a few words on how to get there, to see for yourself.

There are several train services, from both Cuzco and Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the nearest rail station to Machu Picchu. There’s the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, which is rated among the "great train rides of the world", and is, I believe, classified as "if you need to ask how much, you can’t afford it". Lower down the scale is the Inca Express, which is favoured by local people, and those on a budget, who would rather spend their money on something else. In between is the Vistadome, which we rode. It’s comfortable, with large windows … and travels along the same track as the Hiram Bingham, so you see pretty much the same thing. And, we did get fed … something between a snack and a full meal.

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