Don't think there's a train. Most folks take a bus; it's a very long journey in one shot, approx 22 hours) but if course, you can break it up over a few days to see the Nazca lines on the coast before heading east inland to Cusco. If you are pressed for time, just fly, but it can be expensive. Alternative is to rent a car and explore at your own pace. You'd go through Pisco country south of Lima where there are lots of places to see how pisco is made and coastal towns to explore.
Best bet for train experiences are between Cusco & Aguascalientes to get to Macchu Pichu. I actually preferred taking a micro bus from Cusco to Ollataytambo through the Sacred Vslley (about 3-4 hours), staying the night in Ollataytambo to explore the ruins there, then taking the train to Macchu Pichu. about 4 years ago
Hi there, as the other comment, there is not a train to cusco from Lima, there is one from puno to cusco, to be honest i don t think that is a good idea to drive from lima to cusco, is a long way and i a country that you dont know could be difficult and stressing, I think your best option is to fly to cusco and then take the train to Machupichu. you car take the train from cusco city or the train station that is in Ollantaytambo, a town that is at the sacred valley. almost 4 years agoAnswered by Lupe via WorldNomads.com
Technically speaking, there is a train from Arequipa to Puno and Juliaca, from which there is a train to Cusco. The only problem is that it is all freight unless you have a sufficiently large group to charter a passenger trip.
Check out http://www.seat61.com/Peru.htm#.U7SMBLGqTYN for current train options in Peru. over 3 years ago
Unless you're really short of cash, fly from Lima to Cuzco. Even the bus is long!
If you're trying to get from Lima to Machu Picchu, I've written an article about how to do so independently, without a tour, and balancing comfort, cost and time: http://traveleater.net/2014/12/12/independent-travel-how-to-travel-to-machu-picchu-without-a-tour/ almost 3 years ago
Usually for going to Cuzco, Arequipa and/or Puno you must come here to Lima... so in Lima you can find out cheap prices and plan your trip better.
In Lima, there is a district called Miraflores.. it´s a safe and nice suburb where there are bars, discos, supermarket, shops and it´s the best choice for staying of tourists in Lima.
I invite you to visit website:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/335-Backpackers/683030378473176?ref=aymt_homepage_panel almost 3 years agoAnswered by Hector via WorldNomads.com