From Cuzco I took a bus, then a train to Machu Pichu. Train trips are always interesting The train ride to Machu Pichu has all sorts of adventures, from tracks being washed out due to rain to making conversations in a dozen different languages that I don't speak.
We got served a snack on the train and lots of coffee. Later I learned there was also a full dining car, complete with tablecloths and silver for all of us willing to fork out a few more dollars. While I love this sort of thing, I prefer to keep some trips reasonably inexpensive.
The train tracks run through a major river valley. Every fall during the rainy season the track foundation can be cutaway and suddenly the trains have to stop. In some places the old tracks actually hang over the water where new tracks have been laid.
The history of this trail is incredible and I wish my legs would have let me do it.
The train takes you pass lots of terraced gardens. Some are still in use, some abandoned since the time of the Incas.
Views from the train and through the glass roof.
The train provides whistle stop service to tiny hamlets along the tracks, stopping for people, unloading supplies. In an area with no roads, the tracks are extremely important.