Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by Yale Professor Hiram Bingham, he was the first recorded person to discover that archaeological place. Nowadays, thousands visit the citadel every day. Some of them, the adventurous ones, walk the famous Inca Trail… but if you prefer your comfort, why walk when you can take a luxury train to Machu Picchu? There are some options that you can catch to Machu Picchu!
Here, we have a shortlist of where you can choose the one of your preference:
1. Expedition Train
The first and the most economical one is the Expedition Train, which is a comfortable tourist train that has daily departures leaving from Cusco and Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu.
2. Vistadome Train
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.
3. Perurail Sacred Valley Train
In this train route, you will cross the Sacred Valley of the Incas and enjoy the beauty of nature. Your trip starts in Urubamba at the Rio Sagrado Belmond Hotel. There, you can enjoy a gourmet lunch and on the return, after visiting Machu Picchu, you will enjoy a delicious gastronomic dinner.
4. Belmond Hiran Bingham
The best luxury Machu Picchu train is without a doubt the Belmond Hiram Bingham. This train is not an ordinary ride: this elegant transport will 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 like you.
On your luxury train journey, you will experience amazing landscapes through some of the most breathtaking sceneries ever. 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, you will travel approximately 93 kilometers through 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 and non-stop party 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 train departs from Machu Picchu later in the day, it means the Hiram Bingham passengers are able to spend more time at the archaeological place, without the worry of being late for 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 trip back to Cusco, enjoy a delicious dinner before arriving at the Poroy station. In this place, your tourism company or hotel will pick you up and take you back to Cusco city. Finally, we always say that the Hiram Bingham is the best luxury train to Machu Picchu and you must experience it at least once in a lifetime.
Some Machu Picchu facts…
These are 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
- There were no actual skeletons found at the sight.
- For some experts, Machu Picchu was built by Inca Pachacutec.
- Machu Picchu was internationally awarded by the World Travel Awards 2019 as the Best Tourist Attraction of South America in 2019.
More Train services in Peru
A luxurious train ride from Cusco to Puno
If you love your luxurious train journeys, there is also 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 The Titicaca Lake where the fascinating Uros Islands are located.
The Andean Explorer
From Cusco, you can also take The Andean Explorer, which is South America’s first sleeper train. Sleep in a luxury cabin 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 Colca 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 in Peru. If you plan to visit Machu Picchu, you could 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 it is the best example of Inca Architecture available to visit. What are you waiting to book your tour to Machu Picchu today?.
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