Puno-Cusco: Andean-Explorer train or bus
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Mar 3, 2012 9:23 PM Last Post By: smartstreamer
Jan 31, 2012 4:05 PM
Puno-Cusco: Andean-Explorer train or busHi,
I am trying to determine which would be a better way to travel from Puno to Cusco for my family (includes kids 11, 11 and 5) this February. I have read at several places that this train journey ranks at the top 10 train journeys in the world. On the other hand, I have also read that it is no great shakes and that travel by bus is quite cool too with its stops and such.
I am aware of a significant price difference, but I am willing to overlook that if the train journey is indeed that cool. We have been to many countries and have had many train journeys as well. As such, merely a train experience is not something that we crave for - however, not knowing if or when we would ever return back to Peru, this is not something that I want to miss if this is indeed impressive.
I am curious to see if we have any members on this forum that have done both and have comments.
Jan 31, 2012 8:00 PM
1I have done the train ride. It is quite cool. The scenery is very impressive. You stop at a little market about mid-way.
They had an alpaca fashion show and a band on the train. In fact, we were all dancing in the aisles. The food was very good, as well.
It is a 10-hour trip, though. So, I don't know how fidgety your kids get. But, at least on the train, they can get up and move around.
Jan 31, 2012 8:06 PM
I will say take the train trip, i think the landscape is totally worthed and its better appreciate by train. You must remember as well that this is a trip in high altitute so if you're going with kids be careful about what they eat (not "heavy" food) and have some pills for the altitute sickness. Im saying this because the roads are full of curves so that makes you dizzy for sure (even more if you're not used to the altitude)
If at the end you decide for bus, make sure you take a good company with comfortable seats and good service (the ones that makes stops in the way are not the good ones, the better ones include the meals so you have a direct trip) the best company you can check for this trip is Cruz del Sur
Feb 1, 2012 12:46 PM
Mar 3, 2012 9:23 PM
4I got back and did end up taking the Andean Explorer from Puno to Cusco. As expected, there was some of pseudo cultural experience on board (fashion-show, local music performance on the train, pisco making etc.).
But it was easy to ignore when it got too much because of the vistadome (last carriage of the train), which was also an open carriage with just a rail as tha barricade between the carriage and the tracks below. Not dangerous in any way since the train moves at a liesurely pace.
However, we did spend hours in the vistadome carriage just marvelling at some of the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen in my visit to 24 countries. Although the bus route runs close to the train at several places, it is difficult for me to understand how can you get the view sitting at a bus seat.
Although pricey (average ticket price is close to average monthly income for a Peruvian), we thought it was one of the most memorable part of the trip.
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