Cusco. Jul. 01 (ANDINA). Train service between Cusco and Machu Picchu resumed Thursday after repairs to the railway to Peru’s ancient Inca ruins were completed.
From now on. tourists will be able to depart from the stations of San Pedro. Poroy and Ollantaytambo to the sacred Inca citadel. one of the new seven wonders of the world.
According to rail concessionaire Ferrocarril Transandino (FTSA). the Cusco-Machu Picchu railroad covers a total of 122 kilometers.
The restart of operations was confirmed Wednesday during a ceremony attended by local authorities. press and travel agencies of Cusco.
However. operations during the first three months (July. August and September) will have to be done under certain speed restrictions.
The only train route between Cusco and Machu Picchu was destroyed in January 2010 after devastating flooding washed away large sections of the track.
The heaviest rainfall in 15 years resulted in Machu Picchu being closed to visitors for over two months after floods damaged thousands of hectares of crops. washed away bridges. damaged highways and left thousands of people homeless.
Emergency helicopters were rushed in to rescue thousands of tourists who were left stranded near the Inca citadel.
Although a provisional service was established to Machu Picchu from temporary station Piscacucho in April. visitors had to use a bus and train combination to reach the ruins from the popular base of Cusco.
Now. with the direct line back in action. travellers who have been eyeing up Machu Picchu for their next adventure have plenty of transport options to choose from. according to a report at wanderlust.co.uk.