Picchu in the early 1960's was reached from Cusco by
a railway that passed directly below the ruins and continued down the valley to
a small town, the focal point of a rich valley. The valley farms produced for
Cusco and life for the workers was
became the focal point for political unrest and a small armed guerrilla uprising.The
railway was known as the Ferrocarril Santa Ana and was serviced by fine
steam locomotives. The entry to Machu Picchu was simply marked with a sign saying
'welcome'. The picture on the far right was taken in 1964.