The Perurail Titicaca Train, Peru
The Perurail Titicaca Train is an unforgettable railway journey, traversing the incredible route from Cusco to Puno in Peru across the Peruvian Andes. Operated by PeruRail, the train is easily one of the most luxurious in South America, taking guests on an opulent and breath-taking adventure in 1920s-style Pullman carriages with gourmet dining, endless panoramic views and delights like afternoon tea and Peruvian dancing.
The entire 338 kilometre experience lasts 10 hours 30 minutes, travelling between Cusco and Puna and taking in the world’s highest lake – Lake Titicaca. The train runs from Cusco’s Wanchaq Station three days a week, and departs all year round.
Note – this train is not operating at the moment because of Covid restrictions.
Prices from: US $240 (£183)
Departing from: Cusco, Peru
Journey length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
The Titicaca Train route
The train travels between Cusco and Puno, the gateway to Lake Titicaca. The journey is pretty spectacular, whizzing through the Peruvian Andes, the Abra La Raya mountain pass at 14,271 feet of elevation and the commercial hub of Juliaca – where the train passes right through the central market. Finally, the train hugs the coast of the majestic Lake Titicaca before pulling into Puno station in the early evening. The train covers 385 kilometres and takes a total of 10 hours, 30 minutes, departing Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The Titicaca Train
With scenery so spectacular as sprawling plains, Andes mountains and, of course, Lake Titicaca, one might forget about the train and carriages itself – but the Titicaca train makes sure that doesn’t happen. The train is seriously luxurious, with 1920’s Pullman carriages, elegant interiors and seating, a lounge, two dining cars, a bar and open-air viewing platform. Breakfast is available to purchase, but a three-course lunch with wine, afternoon tea and a welcome cocktail are included in the ticket.
What we love
Spectacular scenery and spectacular carriages, this is without a doubt the most romantic and discerning way of travelling between Cusco and Puno. The train includes all the benefits of a five-star overnight train ten times the price, compacted down into a nice bite-size journey that doesn’t take up too much of your time.