In all the lists of the best train journeys, there is one that always amazes me by its absence.

In 1999 I took the Puno to Cusco Express as an hors-d’oeuvre to the Machu Picchu Trail.

The ten-hour journey from the shores of Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world) to the Inca capital passed through some stunning scenery, but never seems to get a mention in top rail journey lists.

Take a look at this short National Geographic video and a few of my photographs and make up your own mind…..

P.S. thankfully I avoided the dining car and didn’t witness that ‘entertainment’ – each to their own!

Peru 6-1

Peru 7-1

Peru 5

Peru 14-1

Puno Cusco


So what do you think?


  1. Good pictures. Train spotting seems rather hazardous in Peru!

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  2. Those are incredible photos! They must have been taking on film, right, at that point?

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    1. Yes good old Kodak gold that I scanned in. Those were then days that you couldn’t afford to take 100s of shots!

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