Machu Picchu train company fined under monopoly law

The Trans-Andean Railway Company, responsible for rail transport to Machu Picchu, has been fined over $185,000 for operating an illegal monopoly. The company has also been ordered to cease its practice of refusing to sublet trains and other equipment that it rents from the state.

According to its contract, it is obliged to rent these units to other companies that wish to operate rail service along the route. The only rental contracts that it has accepted in the past were to its own subsidiary Peru Rail, while it rejected applications by any company that was not linked to it.

This landmark ruling, the first of its kind in Peru, is hoped to bring in new completion for transport along the route, and reduce prices for tourists travelling between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

4 Responses

  1. At last!!! ohh my god!

    Just hope they stick to it!!!!!!!

    What about Telefonica? arent they a monopoly too??

  2. It was about time!!

  3. To day (11 Febr. 2008) a roundtrip from Cusco to Machu Picchu including a meal, including the shuttle bus, including entrance fee, still cost USD 220 a person. The same roundtrip in a standard train still costs USD 180 a person. Rediculous!!!!
    This is no place for students and backpackers!!!
    More than 10.000 people in Cusco protested against the privitization of Machu Picchu on Febr. 7 2008.
    One fears that tourists stay away.

  4. To take the train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu is a nightmare. Not only it is quite expensive but you have to get up at 3:00 AM or so take the train to Machu Picchu and you don’t go back to Cuzco until 1:00 AM or later of the following day. Only in Peru!!!!

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