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“Ho-Hum but Necessary”

PeruRail - Vistadome
Ranked #99 of 1,016 Tours in Cusco
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Owner description: The Vistadome connects you with the beautiful andean landscape through a totally panoramic view on the route to Machu Picchu. It highlights the andean culture in diverse forms such as music, gastronomy, folk dancing, history and even scents.
Reviewed June 7, 2014

The best thing about this train is the friends you can make. That's after moving your seats away from pushy tour guides, nosy nasty old lady travellers form Canada, and obnoxious spoiled teenage travelers who insist on putting all of their bags where your feet should be. We don't really recommend taking the Vistadome "upgrade", this is not a dome train as all travellers know it, the vista part is simply smaller windows along the roof line of the train which do not add much to the trip or view. Make sure your booker or you determine which direction your seats face, you want to be facing towards Machu Picchu going up, and towards Cusco going down. If you don't select your seats you may get seated at a 4 table with people you don't know across or next to you. We moved our seats going up, and met amazing folks, and rode down facing a great couple we met while hiking on Machu Picchu so all ended up ok. Also, the 13lb bag limit is a myth, some on ours trains had huge roller bags, the 40lb variety, and none of the train personnel cared. Note that they try to sell you anything and everything going both ways. The return trip is basically a bad cheap stage show with dancing, singing, and attempts at parading "alpaca" up & down the aisles for sale, plus pisco sours also for sale. Most of it is laughable, except for watching uneducated tourists buy "alpaca" which is clearly acrylic and wool or alpaca mixed, for inflated prices. When you get off of the train, you won't want to feel like you've been had, so keep your cash in your wallet. Also be careful about your belongings, things move around and so do you, smaller items can get lost or end up under the seats, and you will find it nearly impossible to retrieve them. This is an ok way to get to Machu Picchu, however keep your expectations real.

Thank SallyCalifornia
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Taking the afternoon Vistadome from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo was a great experience. After having hiked Machu Picchu mountain in the morning, the attentive staff, the comfortable seating, and the spectacular views were so enjoyable... And then there was the entertainment and the fashion show! What fun!! Deynis, Rosmery, and Domingo were wonderful and provided excellent customer service. I have also taken the Expedition train by Perurail... spend just a little bit more and take the Vistadome - it's worth it.

Thank Kate L
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PeruRail, Community Manager at PeruRail - Vistadome, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2014

Dear Mrs. Kate L,
Thank you for choosing PeruRail as your travel alternative in this opportunity and also for sharing your feedback with our community. We are very happy to hear that you had an excellent experience aboard the Vistadome train and that all our staff made you feel very comfortable during your journey. We hope this will not be the last time to have you aboard our trains, and why not, enjoying one of our other routes along the Peruvian Andes.
Best regards,
The Vistadome Team

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

This expensive train is still worth it as it takes its own swwet time to reach Agua Calientes or go back to Ollantaytalbo. Super views of the surrounding landscape and good on-board service. Better buy ahead as it is often full.

Thank JFLR187198
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PeruRail, Community Manager at PeruRail - Vistadome, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2014

Dear Mr. / Mrs. JFLR187198,
Thank you for traveling with us on this occasion and also for sharing your experience with the TripAdvisor community and us. We are glad to hear that you had a great time aboard the Vistadome train and that you also enjoyed all our services. We hope to see you one more time having a great and memorable adventure.
Sincerely,
The Vistadome Team

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The announcements were both in Spanish and English. The view were un surpassed. They also us a small snacks.s

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Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was an unexpected treat. We were travelling from Machu Picchu to Cusco.This train journey was a delight, we were given a light meal, served on table mats with flowers and waiter service. Then entertainment and a fashion show!!!
The carriages had large glass windows and ceiling, giving a majestic view of the passing mountains.
wonderful way to travel..

Thank kmcconnell
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PeruRail, Community Manager at PeruRail - Vistadome, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2014

Dear Mr. / Mrs. kmcconnell,
We are glad to hear that you had a wonderful experience traveling aboard the Vistadome train and that you enjoyed all our services. Thank you for sharing your feedback with our community and for choosing PeruRail as your travel option. We hope to see you soon for another memorable and amazing adventure along the Peruvian Andes.
Best regards,
The Vistadome Team

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