If you are in Peru, and you love trains, then do not miss out on a once in a lifetime experience to travel by train to Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham train.
The Hiram Bingham train is the most luxurious way to travel to Machu Picchu. The train was named after the explorer, Hiram Bingham, who discovered the Machu Picchu Inca citadel in the year 1911. This Machu Picchu train journey is magical and one which you will remember for the rest of your life. The Hiram Bingham can seat 84 passengers in luxury and complete comfort. It consists of a bar car, 2 dining cars, an observation car, and a kitchen car.
The round trip from Cuzco to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham train will take you across the serene waters that make the Urubamba River and past mountains that touch the sky. The wondrous landscape and the luxury travel to Machu Picchu are accompanied by mouth-watering cuisines, drinks, and live Peruvian music.
The journey takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes, each way. Choosing to travel by train to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham will indeed be the best choice that you make when holidaying in Peru!
What can you expect of The Hiram Bingham train journey?
- The 4 carriages of the luxury travel to Machu Picchu are painted in opulent gold and blue colors with furnishing and decoration just like the Pullman carriages of the 1920s. Each of them are spacious, have brass finishing and wood panels as well as large chairs.
- There are two 42-seater dining carriages with shining cutlery, crystal, and exquisitely laid tables. Brunch is served during the onward train journey to Machu Picchu. It consists of fresh orange juice and sparkling wine, etc. along with a delicious 3-course meal. The return journey includes a lavish four-course dinner with fine Peruvian dishes and Pisco Sour among other delicacies.
- The rear end of the train features the Observation car with polished brass, dark wooden furnishing, and large comfortable seats. It is also the only place in the train where smoking is allowed. Relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery that unfolds during the luxury travel to Machu Picchu.
- The Bar Car is the best place for entertainment and music. Live international and traditional Peruvian music along with lively beats of tambourines and Peruvian cajón play throughout the unforgettable Machu Picchu train journey. The barman often invites the guests to the bar and teaches them about the nuances of making the splendid Pisco Sour.
The train journey ends in Aguas Calientes station, which is the town below Machu Picchu. If you are a part of a tour group, then you will be taken around the ruins by a guide, normally after you have checked in to your hotel. Sometimes people will go to visit Machu Picchu the following day.
After the tour of the World Heritage site, tourists can go to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge to relax and enjoy a cup of tea or a snack before beginning the journey back to Cuzco aboard the Hiram Bingham train.