We visitied at the end of the rainy season and had seen that our trip would be bimodal, by bus and train as part of the track is closed in the rainy season. We arrived at the station in Cusco to live entertainment, music and dancing and some coffee and snacks in a nice waiting room. Groups were split into two busses, an English speaking guide and Spanish speaking. The buses were large Mercedes vans. The guide was very informative and because of the small size were able to talk and ask questions the whole time. We had a stop on the hour plus ride to stretch legs and take pics and then arrived in Urubamba. We were greeted with mimosas and live music and shown to our table. The train was very empty, especially our car which only had 4 couple in it! There was a printed menu, with one option, but you could request changes and ommisions to the menu. The service was prompt, the food was delish and and the wine was nice. We were on the train by 10AM so we enjoyed capuccinos first. The view and music were fun and kept everyone in a happy mood and very social. We went back to the observation car after the service and it was empty except the crew, loved that. Our guide from the train was also our guide for Machu Picchu and gave us advice about our hotel and many other items. We all travelled in a bus up to M.P. together and then split into small groups with the guides. Had to wait a little while for the people checking into the Sanctuary Lodge, but our guide showed us a great place to wait and take some photos. We met back at the Sanctuary for tea (a whole buffet really) and then took a bus together back to Aguas Calientes. We stayed the night there and then took the Vistadome back the next evening. I would do it again in a heartbeat, especially with all the included admission and guide, it was well worth it.
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