This service to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu offers a spectacular journey in the Andes region. The just over 3-hour journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the ‘zig-zag’, out of Cusco, before a stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon. Travelers can choose to travel on either the Vistadome or Backpacker train. The spectacular carriages of the Vistadome have panoramic windows offering unsurpassed scenic views and photographic opportunities. Created for passengers seeking comfort and security without all the frills, the Backpacker carriages offer travelers a true Peruvian experience. There is also a more expensive alternative train offered. The Hiram Bingham luxury train runs from Poroy Station to Machu Picchu in 3 and 1/2 hours.