Most beautiful train ride in the world
The Andean Explorer train from Cusco to Puno is much less touristy and therefore much cheaper than the more famous train to Machu Picchu. However, the landscapes are no less spectacular. The train crosses the Andres from Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, to the border with Bolivia at Lake Titicaca. The highest point of the route, La Raya, is over 4,313 metres high. This train route has been named the second most beautiful in the world, and the Andean Explorer covers a distance of 381km in 10 hours, so you have plenty of time to admire the scenery.
The route is as follows: from Cusco, the train heads southeast following the River Huatanay through green fields and forests of eucalyptus and willow.