Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
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If you’re looking for an experience you will never forget on your next vacation then you might want to think about heading to Peru aboard the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu for a rail adventure like no other.
You’ve no doubt heard of Machu Picchu, the ancient hilltop citadel perched in the Sacred Valley. Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this collection of ruins is beyond impressive and draws in thousands of visitors every day. Generally, travellers make their way to Cusco, the main city in the Sacred Valley, and from there they travel to Machu Picchu. There are a number of ways you can get to the ruins. Some people choose to hike along the Inca, Lares or Salkantay trails, while others prefer to get a minivan as it is the most economical option.
But, what if you don’t have time to spend four days walking but you also don’t want to be cramped in a minivan swerving along cliff-side dirt tracks? For those looking to travel quickly and in style to this iconic site, there is a luxury train that runs all the way through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the base town for Machu Picchu. The train is called the Belmond Hiram Bingham and it brings a whole new meaning to the word luxury. You might be a dab hand when it comes to train travel in your own country but I can guarantee you will never have come across such a spectacular train journey as this.
About the Hiram Bingham Train
The first thing you will notice about the Hiram Bingham train that runs from Cusco to Machu Picchu is its interior décor. The carriages have been styled to imitate the Pullman cars of the 1920s and are decked out with wooden and brass wall panels, plush furniture and big windows that flood ear car with natural light. Passengers can make themselves at home in one of the armchairs while they admire the unrivalled scenery that passes by outside.
Put away your kindle or your headphones, the Hiram Bingham train has its own entertainment to keep you occupied during your journey – as if the scenery alone wasn’t enough. When you board the train you will be greeted by a welcome show, performed by a local troupe of dancers. Once that has finished, a band will set up and play gentle, atmospheric music while you travel through the Sacred Valley.
No need to bring your own snacks for the trip, the train’s dining cars will sort you out when hunger strikes. On the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu, a gourmet lunch is served to passengers, consisting of a range of local flavours, expertly blended into a sumptuous meal. On the way back, lunch is replaced with dinner but the concept is still the same: fresh, local ingredients, cooked to perfection.
After dinner, you might want to wander down to the bar car and treat yourself to a pisco sour, the nation’s favorite drink. Once you have your cocktail, either make yourself comfortable in the bar or head to the observation carriage and sip as you gaze out at the lush valley that extends indefinitely before your eyes.
What else is included?
In addition to your gourmet meal and welcome show a Hiram Bingham train ticket comes with a few other perks. Passengers will get, included in their ticket, a bus ticket from Aguas Calientes up the hill to Machu Picchu. Their entrance to the site is also included in the ticket as well as a tour guide who can take them around the ruins and explain the history of the site in both English and Spanish. If that still wasn’t enough, after the tour, passengers can go for afternoon tea in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.
Whether it is a special occasion or you simply want to experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys, there is never a bad time to hop on board the Hiram Bingham train. As it races through the Sacred Valley, allow your stresses from the outside world to evaporate as you immerse yourself in unparalleled natural beauty. For more information about booking the Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.