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PeruRail Launches New Service Between Cuzco, Machu Picchu

September 20, 2010 By: Joe Pike

PeruRail, the operator of the southern and south east railway in Peru, has introduced a new service, the Expedition, which is intended to replace its existing Backpacker service between Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

The service consists of refurbished and improved carriages from PeruRail’s Backpacker trains. Large windows have been installed to allow passengers to fully appreciate the landscape of the Urubumba River and the Andes mountain range as they make their way to and from Machu Picchu.

The seat layout on the Expedition train has been redesigned to allow for more leg room on the four-hour journey. The renovated carriages also have several features not previously available on the Backpacker service, including air conditioning and heating, traditional Andean music, and a typical Andean snack.

Departing from two stations, Poroy in Cuzco and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, the Expedition will run four times a day with the current price of a single ticket starting from $34, which is the same as the cost of a Backpacker ticket. Tickets can be booked by visiting

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