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Vistadome Observatory

Written by: Incatrailhikeperu October 11, 2023

A breathtaking train ride the Vistadome Observatory offers great views of the surrounding landscape through the sacred valley on the way to Aguas Calientes. The train is equiped with expansive windows on all sides, providing a full panoramic view.


What To Expect

The scenic route will take you from the historic village of Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. With stunning views of the landscape, onboard refreshments, and traditional Andean dance, this journey caters to all the passengers needs.

The interior of the train is equipped with large comfortable seating which, when combined with the large windows, provides an excellent vantage point to enjoy the passing landscape. Snacks are also provided at no additional charge. The snacks provided include quinoa chips, quinoa bar, chocolate bar, coca candies, tea/coffee or bottled water.

In addition to the onboard refreshments, the journey provides live traditional Andean dance and music performances that will further immerse you in the Andean culture. Dancers wear traditional clothing and masks, and are accompanied by a live band.

Types of Services

Standard Service
The regular service operates all year from the train station to Aguas Calientes. Howewer, the passenger must find their own way to the station. There is no bus included, this service only includes the train ride.

This service only operates from January to April and offers a private ride to the train station. The private shuttle or bus will pick up the passenegers at the Wanchaq Station 5 minutes from the center of cusco.

Whichever service you choose it will be the same process for the return journey. Please note the biomodal service will have a higher cost.


So, if the Vistadome Observatory is right for you, you can get your tickets and book your Machu Picchu tour through one of the local tour guide websites. Please note, you will have to select “yes” when asked if you want to upgrade to the Vistadome Observatory. If you are not certain the Vistadome is for you, don’t worry, there are pleanty of other options to choose from. Please have a look at our other post regarding trains to machu picchu.

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