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“Kuoda Travel- Perfect in every detail!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cusco & Machu Picchu Railway

Cusco & Machu Picchu Railway
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Ranked #13 of 41 Attractions in Sacred Valley
Type: Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Owner description: This three-hour rail journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu takes passengers through spectacular mountain scenery, dramatic canyons and along the beautiful Urubamba River with stops in the picturesque village of Poroy and other colorful small towns in the foothills of the Andes.
Traralgon, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Kuoda Travel- Perfect in every detail!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I would like to highly recommend Kuoda Travel if you are visiting South America.

The first time I contacted some months ago I had our needs attended too - initially with Lotte Soe Nielsen who organised the Itinerary with me - and what a great job she did! We had 6 days enjoying The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. The days were exactly how we liked them - informative and designed for my husband and I to have fun filled and unbelievable experience. Lotte listened to our needs and that we liked to walk etc and the attention to detail was unreal. Lotte also came to meet us for lunch in Cusco just to see how our tour went and any feedback - another gesture that made our tour personal.

We were picked up by our guide Jose Carlos and driver Juan in Cusco and formed a strong bond with both these guys over the next few days - Jose Carlos was exceptionally great guide who was passionate for his country and history. He was informative and not "over the top" and very easy to be with and listen too. Jose Carlos was very "hands on" to show us the traditions with playing instruments and showing us different ways to distinguish the culture. He was with us for Ollyantambo, Machu Picchu and Cusco as was our driver Juan. What a charming man for his little english he showed us such warmth and we both loved his company. Juan was waiting for us on the platform after Machu Picchu- the train couldn't stop at normal platform in town and had to change due to flooding- most of the people from the train were taken to more buses to get to their destination however we were picked up and after a long day couldn't of been more pleasantly received- one of the small things that attention to detail that Kuoda offer.

Juan drove us back to Cusco and on booking in we were met by a representative of Kuoda young Alex Baca- this was just to see if we were booked in ok and if there was anything he could do for us- I couldn't believe this "extra" service - he had organised an upgraded room - with a spa bath which was well received after all our walking - Alex also organised our boarding passes and then came with Juan to take us to the airport - he booked us in and spoke perfect english - a fine young man.

We were very lucky to meet Mery the owner of Kuoda- what at charastmic, dynamic person driven to provide the perfect holiday and more for visitors to South America- she is passionate with her staff (who she calls family) and want everyone to have lasting memories of their visit.

We had an amazing time and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kuoda Travel- their vision is amazing!

Visited February 2013
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Quito, Ecuador
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“Just Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

I went there with my best friend and boyfriend, the traintrip was very nice. Once we arrived to Aguas Calientes we went to buy Machu Picchu entrance. The have limits to let people go in, so buy it kn advance if you can, specially if you would like to go to Huaina Picchu ( from where most of pics if Machu Picchu are taken), we couldnt go :(. There us a bus you can take to go up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, but id you like to walk, you should go up the stairs!!! It was hor and humid but we did it, its quite tough, tough!!!

And of course , once you are up its just amazing, i really recommend to pay a guise or read a book bedore you go ther, otherwise you'll see just stones. Once uou are up, there are some trekking routes you can take......

No wonder its a WONDER!!!!

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Westport, Connecticut
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“great experience, organized by “Escaped to Latin America””
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

One week filled with so many experiences! First enjoyed the beautiful Inca Capital Cusco, followed by a 4 day walking tour on the Incatrail to the Machupicchu. Intense and exhausting but rewarded. Perfectly organized by “Escaped to Latin America”. All shuttles were waiting for us, we got a very interesting guide, the best cook you can expect on this height and always smiling porters. This trip and the travel agent are very much recommend! Anna

Visited March 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Not enough points to give!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Machu Picchu is one of the greatest sites i have ever seen! Everybody knows pictures or reports on TV about Machu Picchu, but iis absolutely sensational to see this place with your own eyes!

Visited February 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“What an amazing journey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We catch the amazing vista dome Peru rail train down to Aguas Calientes. It is like heaven on earth to sink back into the comfortable leather seats and be served little snacks as the sunlight poured through the roof and the large picture windows of the carriage. The attendants would not be out of place in a Dickens novel with their smart uniforms and their hands kept behind their backs. We travel in blissful comfort as the train passes frighteningly close to the roaring, crazy red brown waters of the Urubamba river. The river is fearsome as it swirls around huge boulders and I imagine you could only survive for seconds in that turmoil and have heard from locals about serious floods that have destroyed part of the railway line and many houses. Tiny plots of cultivated land and small shacks flourish dangerously close to the swirling waters that tirelessly erode the river banks crashing them with roaring water. The train stops and people come running to it's side. A boy with a deformed face, a man without hands, an old woman, bent double proferring bunches of bright gladioli. I cannot resist buying the flowers and the old woman smiles as we move on through huge valleys and past mountain peaks. It is a tremendous journey you never want to end and we are sad to leave the train at Aguas Calientes. This is a really busy place with a bustling exciting market and there is a ceremony taking place in the main square with much pomp and brass music. This being Peru there are dogs everywhere of every known shape and size and breed. Dogs with their owners at the market place, dogs on leads, dogs listening to the music with their owners and dogs who appear to be strays wandering everywhere but we never encounter any aggressive dogs or any barking and fights nor any dog mess. Again the town is spotless and steep. This is the end of the line, the only way to get to Machu Pichhu is by train. The river is too violent to navigate and the mountains too steep for road building so the railway is the transport to this town and the trains turn round on the streets. Highly polished decorative bright blue Peru Rail trains and old rusty trains transporting goods locals and tourists all compete for space in the main street when you arrive. Getting anywhere means climbing and there are restaurants of every kind selling food from every corner of the world as well as the ubiquitous adverts for roast guinea pig and llama stew.

The sadness of leaving Machu Pichhu was lessened by the thought of another amazing train journey back along the Urumbamba river and going back to Casa Andina, our lovely hotel in the heart of Cusco. We boarded the vista dome feeling excited at our four hour train ride from Aguas Calientes to Poroy just outside Cusco. We were not disappointed. Our peace and quiet was interrupted by the train attendant whirling through the carriage like a dervish, we found out he was dressed as a devil dancer. The train went at a leisurely pace past huge valleys and then right by steep precarious red banks held in by netting. Snow capped Mountain mountain peaks and glimpses of huge glaciers. The raging torrent of a river still swirled but at points it was less fierce and there were little islands in the middle of the river with trees and birds. At one point our driver had to get out and help a railway crew to clear the line, all part of the excitement of this truly wonderful journey. A word of advice do not book cheap tickets but enjoy the relative luxury of the vista dome, the Hiram Bingham coaches are for the mega rich only.

Visited February 2013
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