Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by Yale Professor Hiram Bingham, he was the first recorded person to discover the ruin, but the local people knew about the site for many centuries before. Looking for a totally different legendary site the American found Machu Picchu with the help of some farmers and an 11-year-old boy. What would Hiram Bingham think if he saw Machu Picchu today, with thousands visiting the citadel every day. Many walk the famous Inca Trail everyday but why walk when you can take a luxury train to Machu Picchu.
There are different trains that you can catch to Machu Picchu, the first and the most economical is the Expedition train, which is a comfortable tourist train that has departures daily leaving Cusco and Ollantaytambo for Machu Picchu.
The next step up to a luxury service is the Vistadome train. The Vistadome is famous for its glass panels in the ceiling which give you maximum views. The train has some luxury features like leather seats and an observation car to help you pass the time to get to the Inca City.
The most luxury Machu Picchu train is without a doubt the Belmond Hiram Bingham. The train is no ordinary ride, the elegant train and cars take you back until another era and you will feel like you have stepped into an Agatha Christie movie. The carriages are decorated in the Pullman trains style of the 1920s. The fare is not cheap but the journey is worth it for the train devotees among you.
On your luxury train journey pass through some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever experience. The Andes Mountain range will accompany you along with the raging Urubamba River which you can enjoy from the observation car.
On the Belmond train travel 93 kilometers via the Sacred Valley of the Incas, descending more than 1400 meters in altitude on the almost 4 hour journey. Your trip comes with a private send off and non-stop partying that includes fine Peruvian food and wine, accommodation musicians and dancing. Experience a menu filled with locally sourced food and some of the best South American wines are on offer for both lunch and dinner.
Since the Hiram Bingham departs from Machu Picchu later in the day it means the Hiram Bingham passengers are able to spend more time at the ruins, without the worry of catching the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. There is a dedicated bus after you have finished your afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge that will take you back down to catch the train. On the journey back to Cusco, enjoy a dinner served on the finest china before arriving into Poroy station where your tour company or hotel will pick you up and take you back to Cusco. The Hiram Bingham is the best luxury train to Machu Picchu and should be experienced once in a lifetime.
Some Machu Picchu facts that you might not know about…
- The site was abandoned after only around 100 years
- You cannot see the ruin from the river below
- Hiram Bingham never found any treasures at Machu Picchu, but he did find valuable ceramics that told a lot about the history of the site.
- Machu Picchu is thought to have been used as an astrological site
- The Inca made many thousands of kilometers of trails that lead to Machu Picchu
- One of the reasons that is was abandoned was due to the fact that there was no water
- There were no actual skeletons found at the sight.
If you love your luxurious train journeys than not only will the Belmond Hiram Bingham will delight, also there is the luxurious train ride Cusco Puno Peru. The Peru rail Titicaca Train will take you from the imperial city of Cusco across the Altiplano to the lakeside town of Puno is located. Puno is famous for Lake Titicaca where the fascinating Uros Islands are located.
From Cusco, you can also take The Andean Explorer, which is South America´s first sleeper train. Sleep in luxury while traveling from Cusco to Puno. However, the train does not stop there, the Andean Explorer travels further on to the town of Arequipa, Peru´s second largest city. On the way to Arequipa make a stop and take a tour to the wonderful Coca Canyon. The Canyon which is one of the biggest in the world features Condors that glide gracefully on the warm thermals that rise from the Canyon.
Some of the best train journeys in the world can be found in the Andean country of Peru and it is worth doing some research on the trains of Peru. If you plan to visit Machu Picchu, take the Hiram Bingham train and experience all the luxury you will ever need. Machu Picchu is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the best example of Inca Architecture available to visit. What are you waiting for book your tour to Machu Picchu today.