INCAN ODYSSEY

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO - —James Louie

Why opt for a high-alti­tude Peru­vian slog to Machu Pic­chu when you can sim­ply go up the tracks in ease and com­fort? The lat­est ad­di­tion to Inca Rail’s fleet of sight­see­ing ve­hi­cles is the 360° Machu Pic­chu Train. Daily ser­vices of just un­der three hours run from Poroy, a 20-minute drive out­side Cusco, whereas the twice- daily jour­ney from Ol­lan­tay­tambo—in the rugged Sa­cred Val­ley—takes roughly one hour and 20 min­utes each way. Wider and taller panoramic win­dows with UV pro­tec­tion make the most of the pass­ing scenery, as does a cen­tral ob­ser­va­tion car­riage that boasts a self-ser­vice bar. In­side the train, leather-padded re­clin­ing seats for 248 pas­sen­gers come fit­ted with their own USB port in case de­vices need charg­ing. And if that’s not enough, April will see the launch of a free mo­bile app of­fered in dif­fer­ent lan­guages, serv­ing as an au­dio guide to the Inca civ­i­liza­tion and the no­table de­tails of each area en route. Train at­ten­dants will be on hand to serve lo­cally sourced or­ganic snacks, juices made with fruits and herbs grown in the Sa­cred Val­ley, and come lunchtime, a light meal of sea­sonal An­dean fare ( in­car­ail.com).

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