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Machu Picchu

We have postponed our trip to MP from May to Sept because of train situation. We are planning to use Perutourism for our trip to Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu. Has any had experience with this company. We do not want to take this trip if the Vista Dome train is not fully operational by then. We are senior citizens and are not interested in a lengthy bus ride to the train. We will definitely got to Peru in Sept but perhaps will head north if things are still shaky in MP. Do not need additional risks. Please advise.

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1. Re: Machu Picchu

Wise decision I think that by Sept evrything is going to be fully operational. The bus ride seems to be not very nice.

Take care

Lima, Peru
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Things should be back to normal by June.

Anyway , the bus ride is not that long or that bad.

Actually, up to now, no one has the experience to enable a comment on the ride.

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By all reports, there is not much difference between the VistaDome train and the Backpacker, despite the names. Some say the Backpacker seats are actually a bit more spacious. VistaDome has larger windows -- curving up a bit on the ceiling, and offers a "fashion show" (and opportunity to buy the goods modeled) and snack.

I thought the same -- that VistaDome was preferable by far -- before we went to Peru -- but in the end, was not impressed by the VistaDome.

So, if full train service is operational, as predicted, you could take either train -- whichever fits your desired travel schedule best.

BTW- while no one has actually ridden this temporary bus+train route (supposed to be only for April & May, maybe June), I have been on a bus ride from Ollantaytambo to MP82, as it's also the start of the Inca Trail. The ride was smooth & perfectly fine, the bus was very nice. If this bi-modal method of travel to Machu Picchu has to last longer than predicted, it would likely be perfectly fine & not rough or dangerous.

Edited: 11:54 pm, March 24, 2010
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Dear Friends,

I have never heard of Perutourism. I would highly recommend to start planning after April 1st, once the train is really running. Rainy season is from November to May. May is a great time to come (rain gone, good weather-warm,valley in a great grean and no crowds), but September is ok as well (more crowds, and dry valleys...)

Pensacola, Florida
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Viajes Pentagrama S.A.

Av. Larco 101, Suite 1301, Miraflores ...

www.perutourism.com/we/ceo.htm

they are GREAT have been in business since 1980s

have seen good reports...

Still always pay with credit Card so no worries...

Houston, TX
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We will be using Peru Tourism next week when we get to Peru. I checked many companies when planning and they were the most responsive and willing to make whatever changes I wanted.

We are scheduled to head to MP the evening of April 1st so will find out first hand how it all works now. I will be doing a daily journal and try to post especially how the new route works. If you want to follow along, you can do so at:

http://www.everlater.com/jeffc/peru

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We'll be interested to see how the ride to MP works.

Are you going from "Cusco" or from Ollaytambo?

Do we assume that even though the train isn't running from either of these departure destinations, that the meeting / departure point is still the train station??

Let us all know how the bus ride / connections go, and of course if you were "allowed" to stay over in AC (see other recent post if you're not sure what I'm on about"

Buen viaje!

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I won't know the detailed itinerary until we meet our travel specialist on Tuesday. The original plan before they came out with their updated way to get there was to tour Sacred Valley first and leave from the Ollantaytambo station so I imagine that will still be the way. You can see the new route at:

perurail.com/web/tper/tper_temp_services.html

I commented in another forum here she has already confirmed the bigger hotels in Aguas Calientes are ready to receive visitors on the 29th and of course visitors will be able to stay overnight. She said our hotel Machu Picchu Inn is already open and waiting for us. Now we may be totally surprised when we get there, but I doubt it.

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We will all be awaiting your reports of how things are working after the flooding.

You will be among the first the check out the new system of getting to Machu PIcchu. The bus-autowagon trip promises to be interesting!

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Have a great trip. I'll be interested to hear all about all your experiences. Keep us posted.