Luxury travel anywhere in the world can be a wonderful experience for you and your traveling companions, memories that can be made in fabulous five-star properties around the world, but a luxury vacation in Machu Picchu Peru tourism cannot be beaten. Over the past decade the luxury vacation market in Peru has exploded especially in Cusco, the Inca heartland and Machu Picchu, the Inca Citadel.
There are several luxury ways to get to Machu Picchu, there are train services from Perurail that cater for every budget to the Inca City, firstly you have the Expedition train which is the tourist train, a comfortable experience for your trip to Machu Picchu, the next level train is Vistadome, more luxurious with leather seats, better food and even features a local dancing and music show to help pass the time. But Perurail´s ultimate in luxury is the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, travel on the exclusive and luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham and enjoy the elegant dining car, the bar car and the observatory, where you can take in the unmatched scenery in the open air while sipping cocktails and listening to live music, start your experience on the Hiram Bingham with a cocktail, once on board you will receive brunch and later a gourmet lunch. Passengers on the Hiram Bingham also receive a free afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before the train leaves Machu Picchu for Cusco,remember that to enter many of the sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, it is necessary to purchase the Cusco Tourist Ticket.
The other rail company who services Machu Picchu is Inka Rail who also have three classes of train for your luxury Machu Picchu vacation. The classes include Executive class which is the tourist train to Machu Picchu, comfortable trains which offer great service, next is the First Class train whose service is a step up from the Executive class, the train has better seats and service and bigger windows for better views of the Sacred Valley as you pass through. Inka Rail also have a five-star train called the Presidential class train, with all the luxury inclusions, lunch and dinner, drinks and entertainment to pass the journey, this train has all the luxury you will need for your luxury Machu Picchu tour.
Once you arrive into Machu Picchu you are going to need a luxury hotel in Machu Picchu to match your luxury Machu Picchu train, there are many choices and you will not be disappointed at the quality of properties available.
We need to start with the Belmond Sanctuary lodge, the only hotel located at Machu Picchu itself just outside the gate, the hotel gives the luxury Machu Picchu guest easy access to Machu Picchu from early morning to late afternoon, guests also have the opportunity to sit on the terrace and enjoy spectacular views. Amenities include a magnificent garden which features views of Machu Picchu and many varieties of bird and plant life. The lodge also features a wellness center that offers a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments, which are based on ancient Inca techniques, just what you will need after a day of hiking around Machu Picchu.
The town of Aguas Calientes, which is where the train arrives, has a variety of luxury five-star hotel, the first and said to be the best is the Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel, this resort style hotel on the edge of town and the forest, has lovely gardens, pool and a jacuzzi. The rooms are spacious and have fireplaces to warm you on a chilly evening.
Another beautiful five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is the Sumaq, guests are welcomed with a Pisco Sour and there are handmade chocolates in the rooms, most of the rooms have wonderful views of the Vilcanota river and the Andes Mountains. The hotel also features a spa with Andean stone massages.
In Aguas Calientes there are also many great four-star hotels, like the Casa Andin Private collection and the Casa del Sol also great properties for a luxury Machu Picchu vacation.
For visiting the ruins themselves you now need to enter with an official guide, so an organized tour is a must, the guide will give you all the information you will need to learn the fascinating history of Machu Picchu. The ruins themselves are very impressive and there are many different locations to get great photos. There are a few free hikes you can take, one being the Sun gate and on a sunny day the views are worth the hike, also you might want to hike to the Inka Bridge which will take about an hour. If you feel like a harder hike then a walk up to Huayna Picchu is what you are after, this will cost you an entrance fee and the tickets sell out quickly, so you will need to buy in advance.
Your luxury vacation to Machu Picchu is possible with plenty of choice in luxury hotels and trains. In the past Peru was considered a backpacker destination but today things have changed and you have plenty of choice in the luxury market, so come spoil yourself for your honeymoon or just to relax with a group or with that someone special.