Travellers venturing to Machu Picchu will have more choice of train travel from December 2017 following the inauguration of a new service by Inca Rail, the Machu Picchu Train; Peru’s first scenic train with dome-like panoramic windows. The train will boast taller and wider scenic windows stretching up into the dome of each carriage as well as an open-air observation carriage from which passengers can take photos as they pass through the Sacred Valley. Two return tickets in standard economy are priced from £238. www.incarail.com
Rail journey through the Serra Do Mar Mountains along Brazil’s south-eastern coast with Serra Verde Express
The Serra Verde Express between Curitiba and Morretes in southern-eastern Brazil offers magnificent views of mountain canyons, tropical green lowland and the Atlantic Ocean. The luxurious ‘litorina’ train starts from Curitiba before travelling to the Morretes – a picturesque coastal city – where guests will feast on a traditional Brazilian lunch of “barreado”, a type of slow cooked meat prepared in a clay pot. Guests will then take a tour of Antonina – a city which was recognised as a National Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN) in 2012. The train departs Curitiba daily at 8:15 returning at 19:15. A round trip on the train is priced from £44 per person based on travelling in standard economy. www.serraverdeexpress.com
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