Train Vistadome Observatory of PeruRail: The most luxurious?

PeruRail ‘s most luxurious train is the Vistadome Observatory, thanks to the fabulous wagon that allows an experience like no other. This train has few schedules because it is one of the most expensive trains to get to Machu Picchu. It has service on board and everything we find on the normal Vistadome train. In this article, we will learn more about this incredible train. Come on!

Live show inside the Train Vistadome Observatory

How are PeruRail services?

Surely you have doubts about the PeruRail services and more knowing that you will take one of the most exclusive services. The information is therefore very important. The best thing you can do is find out on your own about the services they offer. We will also list some of your services Before that, we prefer to talk a little about PeruRail.

PeruRail is one of the largest companies in Peru. Up to the present, it has many years at the service of travelers who wish to reach Machu Picchu and also of those who wish to travel through the South of Peru. This last service is the most exclusive and luxurious of PeruRail, we are talking about the Belmond train. On this train, the train trip through Puno, Arequipa, and Cusco is made. Some tourists continue their journey until they reach the wonder of the world, which can be perceived as the icing on the cake, given such an incredible train journey.

PeruRail also has cheaper services and an exclusive service route for cusqueños and national tourists who wish to travel from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or the Hydroelectric Station where they can continue their trip. In this way, PeruRail is consolidated as one of the most solid companies in Peru and therefore the guarantee and service standards are high in all the trains offered by this company. Therefore, in a way, the investment that is made to make the trip by PeruRail on the Vistadome train Observatory is guaranteed.

Train Vistadome Observatory

Desfile de moda en tren vistadome Observatory
Baby alpaca parade in the wagons of the Train Vistadome Observatory .

Vistadome Train Observatory, its main attraction is the observatory car or wagon. It is a wagon located at the end. This wagon has no windows and very high walls, so you can feel the wind on your face, better appreciate the nature of the place, and have pleasant moments of conversation with your partner or friends that you can meet inside the train.

Vistadome train, if you are thinking of traveling to Machu Picchu with a couple or special beings, this train is comfortable enough for the whole family. All spaces have comfortable seats and also panoramic windows that can even be seen in some spaces on the roof. The seating arrangement is well-designed and efficiently comfortable.

All the wagons are spacious, as we will see later, it has services similar to the Vistadome train. However, it is a more exclusive service both for the price and the observatory wagon. This train can be boarded from Wanchaq, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, or Machu Picchu Pueblo. That is why you can make the trip by the bimodal service, that is, follow the first section by bus and the second by train to finally reach Aguas Calientes. You can book this train ticket online.

Services offered by this train

Main wagon of the Vistadome Observatory train – PeruRail

This train is ideal for a family or couple trips. The facilities are spacious and next to the car dedicated to contemplation and several common spaces that have comfortable seats such as large armchairs, embellish the travel experience, and much more.

  • This train offers varied services in which live music and dance shows stand out. All this live.
  • Exclusive modeling parade of garments made with baby alpaca.
  • Different informative audios. The information provided is tourist oriented.
  • Ambiental music.
  • Well-decorated wagons, clean and above all with panoramic windows.
  • Snacks and drinks on board. You can choose between infusions, glass bottled water, and coffee.
  • Dedicated or exclusive space to store luggage.
  • Incredible views from the Observatory Wagon.
  • The travel time from the Wanchaq station to Aguas Calientes is 4 hours.
  • Travel time from the Ollantaytambo station to Aguas Calientes is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • The return time is similar to the outbound.

Train stations and departure of Train Vistadome Observatory

The schedules are not many, but they accommodate the need to make the trips early to visit Machu Picchu during the day. Remember that in all the wagons of this train, you will find excellent service thanks to the staff that PeruRail has.

SDeparture of trains in the direction of Machu Picchu Pueblo or Aguas Calientes

Departure from the Station of:Departure timeArrival Time
Cusco – Wanchaq (Bimodal) 5:10 am.9:15 am.
Ollantaytambo07:45 am.09:15 am.
Ollantaytambo 01:27 pm.2:50 pm.

Salida de trenes desde Aguas Calientes o Machu Picchu Pueblo

Departure from the Station of:Departure timeArrival Time
Wanchaq04:22 pm.08:30 pm.
Ollantaytambo10:55 am.12:32 pm.
Ollantaytambo 04:22 pm.06:10 pm.
Machu Picchu Full Day or Machu Picchu in one day, is one of the most recommended tours to visit the wonder of the world. This tour consists of leaving Cusco early with a direct direction to Aguas Calientes or Ollantaytambo (to take the train to Aguas Calientes). The departure from Cusco would be at 4:00 or 5:00 and you will arrive at the same archaeological site at 10:00 am. After the journey of approximately 3 hours, it ends just at lunchtime. After recovering the energies you can return to Cusco in the afternoon, the approximate arrival time is at 9:00 pm.

Why choose this train?

Pareja en el Vistadome Observatory
Couple resting inside Train Vistadome Observatory – post covid-19

One of the most frequently asked questions by those who want to travel to Machu Picchu in the best possible way is why choose this train? All PeruRail trains have different equipment that characterizes them. The train that meets the best service is the Vistadome Observatory. This makes it possible for multiple options, especially to make a safe, calm, and comfortable trip with the whole family.

The facilities of this train are spacious and safe. The most hyperactive children will enjoy the installation, even if it is not designed for them. The old people can also enjoy pleasant conversations while enjoying the incredible landscapes or live music by artists. They sing popular songs from around the world and also some typical Peruvian songs that will make everyone on board dance.

As for the fashion show that is made with woven baby alpaca wool products, it is also very colorful and no one does not find a garment that will soon be their favorite. Another main reason is that the schedules accommodate a one-day visit. The Machu Picchu Full Day is a popular tour for which you must leave Cusco early. Many choose to visit Machu Picchu in one day to see other destinations such as the Sacred Valley or the Mountain of 7 Colors. Taking a trip with these services boosts energy and produces a relaxation effect.

Finally, you can opt for this service and enjoy all the on-board services it offers, all of them of high quality. Remember to make your reservation on time and also that you can do it online. Machu Picchu is an incredible destination, whatever your choice you will always have the beautiful memory of having visited the buildings and the most important Inca citadel in Peru today.

How to improve my travel experience to Machu Picchu?

Always remember to reserve tickets to Machu Picchu in advance. Many travel agencies can help you do it virtually. They will also advise you on lodging and food details. To improve the trip and the experience that you will have in Machu Picchu you have to take into account the following:

  • You will always need to present your ID or passport to validate your identity and access your reservations.
  • Keep in mind that you can book months in advance.
  • PeruRail services and enter Machu Picchu you will have to show your ID.
  • Before any eventuality you will have to be 30 minutes before the train departure time, at the train station.
  • On the way to Machu Picchu, mosquito repellent and sunscreen will be necessary.
  • Among your belongings, you will only be allowed access to one small backpack per person.
  • You can carry small-volume foods such as fruits, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.


By Imachupicchu – Last updated, May 4, 2023

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