Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Peru
Vistadome Train to Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu Reviews
Sep 06, 2006
There are three different trains from Cusco to Aguas Calientes: Most people take either Backpacker (see my other review), or the Vistadome, as the Hiram Bingham is a waaay pricey luxury train.
As opposed to the Backpacker, the Vistadome train offers some ridiculously cheesy entertainment to amuse you on the 5 hour trip. First, one of the porters will perform a traditional dance in which he prances up and down the aisles in a really cool hat and what appears to be a ski mask. Our porter refused to take off the ski mask the whole time, but you could tell it was him. Next, the rest of your cabin crew will put on a fashion show. Yes, a train fashion show, featuring alpaca shawls and sweaters. They will choose the prettier porters to do the fashion show and the poor tubby one will be stuck doing the ski mask dance. The best part of the trip was a lady a few seats in front of us, who got waayy too into the fashion show, like she thought she was at fashion week in Milan or something, complete with encouraging nods, taking notes and enthusiastic clapping.
My friend JP had to go to the bathroom during the fashion show, and scurried down the aisle/runway. The whole train applauded him going down the catwalk.
Opt for the cheeper Backpacker if you can, the experience is not much different, excepting the lack of entertainment.
Part of the Peru 2006 travel blog
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