Hiram Bingham Luxury Train To Machu Picchu - Cusco

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Experience first-class transport and dining all the way to Machu Picchu and back aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, equipped with classic 1920s Pullman cars that hold no more than 84 passengers. During this luxurious journey through breathtaking Andean landscapes, you get to enjoy a tablecloth lunch and dinner served with free-flowing wines by an attentive staff. Enjoy transfer rides reserved for Hiram Bingham passengers and tour world-famous Machu Picchu. Before you head back to Cusco (and reality), stop for afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel on the ancient site.

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After hotel pickup in Cusco, take a 20-minute drive to Poroy station, where a welcome drink is offered to you before you step on the train. As you sip your wine, admire the narrow-gauge '20s-style Belmond Hiram Bingham wagons dressed in blue and gold.

Once you're on board, thread your way through a sparkling interior of brass and polished wood to find your elegantly upholstered seat. During the 3-hour ascent to the Aguas Calientes, the nearest station to Machu Picchu, explore the trains observation platform, bar car and two dining wagons, where youll enjoy a 3-course lunch (see a sample menu in Itinerary below). Pair your meal with Peruvian, Argentinean and Chilean wines, among other beverages like Cusquea beer and pisco sours.

The meal isn't the only thing that makes this train ride special. Lend an appreciative ear as musicians perform traditional Peruvian songs with guitars and Cajon box drums. From the observation platform, take in jaw-dropping panoramas of the Andean scenery, including majestic mountainsides overlapping one another, verdant hills and yawning valleys along a course that follows the great Urubamba River.

When you arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, board a shuttle bus specially reserved for Hiram Bingham passengers. You'll especially appreciate this when you see the hordes of people waiting for mass transport. The bus snakes up a road and arrives shortly at Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, nestled on a mountaintop at 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) above sea level.

Stroll through the cloud-shrouded archaeological site with a guide who leads you through the ancient citys main streets, ceremonial shrines, solar clock and precisely carved stairways. Learn about how the Incas designed the small city to be self-contained, built with agricultural terraces that fed its residents and watered by natural springs. After the guided tour, wander about the grounds on your own and then walk over to Belmond Sanctuary Lodge for afternoon tea. Enjoy scones and sandwiches with tea or coffee, or try appetizers and choose from a selection of wine.

Take a shuttle bus back down to Aguas Calientes and settle into your seats aboard the Hiram Bingham. In the evening, head over to the dining car for a 4-course gourmet meal (see a sample menu below in Itinerary). You may find yourself joining the musicians in song and dance during the return journey to Cusco, where youll be transported back to your hotel.

Inclusions for Hiram Bingham Luxury Train To Machu Picchu

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide
  • Welcome drink at the station
  • Round-trip train tickets
  • Welcome appetizers, lunch and dinner
  • Wine, local beer, pisco sour, soft drinks and water
  • Exclusive shuttle bus transfers to and from the citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
  • Live onboard entertainment
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Hiram Bingham Luxury Train To Machu Picchu

  • Gratuities (optional)


Both meals below are paired with wine suggested by the sommelier.

Sample lunch menu (subject to change)
First course:
  • Wayllabamba trout with fava beans, Andean mint and airampo emulsion
Main course:
  • Lamb cannelloni with spring greens, elderberry and potato pesto
  • Organic cocoa with pineapple, olive oil, Maca toffee, Maras salt and lavender

Sample dinner menu (subject to change)
First course:
  • Amuse-bouche
  • Duck ham dressed with Eucalyptus leaves, jam corn and crispy chili skin
Second course:
  • Potato and leek soup with purple kiwicha, extra virgin olive oil and toronjil lemon
Main course (choice of one):
  • Pachamanca with an emulsion of roots, bulbs, leaves and black quinoa
  • Maras beef with root confit, Quillabamba peanuts and a tartar of white grape and myrtle
  • Apple-custard parfait with carrots and cocoa nibs, drizzled with mandarin and ginger reduction

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

IMPORTANT: ALL traveler passport details are needed (Full name and Passport ID). Please provide these details in the additional request box, otherwise the tour is not confirmed.

Please note: travel date amendments are accepted outside of 16 days before scheduled tour date

Please note: The guided tour lasts around 2.5 hours. After that, you are free to explore Machu Picchu on your own

It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunglasses and water

Minimum age to drink alcohol is 18 years

A maximum of 14 people per guide

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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  • Do NOT book this tour through Viator / Trip Advisor / Vjaes Pacifico. They are UNETHICAL. This tour is operated by the Belmond Hotel chain. It cost $855 USD for the time I went. They don’t communicate bc they aren’t the operator. BOOK THROUGH BELMOND. Otherwise, the tour itself is FIVE STARS.

  • It was one hell of a long day 6am until 11pm but so worth the once in a lifetime visit to see such a magical place
    The service and food on the train was tip top, the whole day was superb worth the extra fee to be treated 1st class and miss the ques. Thank you

  • Lovely experience. I hope everyone has a chance to go to Machu Pichu. It is a one in a lifetime experience, a magical place.
    The train ride was fabulous, the service impecable. The entertainment was awesome. We danced, sang and met wonderful people on the train. A French couple who reside in NYC that we met on the train is now connected with us on FB.
    It was an unforgettable day for us that we will always remember.

  • The train ride and the tour were fantastic, really recommended. However, I'm not quite sure if booking through Viator adds that much for the extra price. Communication was suboptimal. We were staying in an AirBnB so I wanted to make sure that we would be picked up and what time. It was difficult to get in touch with them, but after all everything went smooth.

  • It's not cheap but it was great fun. Excellent service throughout with a great departure party before getting on the Train. All meals we beautifully served plus extremely tasty plus the band on board were absolutely amazing. The energy they put into the whole trip created great entertainment. Well worth the experience.

  • The Hiram Bingham Train was a brilliant way to travel to and from Machu Picchu. The train is beautiful, the food and entertainment superb! It is recommended that you board the train in Ollaytantambo AVOID at all cost the bus ride required from Cusco to the station. We thought we would be boarding the train very close to Cusco where we were staying, only to find out that during the rainy season, they bus you'll the way to the next city to board the Hiram Bingham train. The ride is bumpy, uncomfortable and on a very windy road. Not so bad on the way to with a safe slow driver, but the return ride was terrible we had a wanna be Nascar driver. In all seriousness, we had a very dangerous driver, taking hair pin turns at high rates of speed, we had people getting sick in our bus because of his driving - it was risky, unacceptable and a terrible way to end an amazing day in Machu Picchu. We wish we had take the driver's name, as he should be fired by the Hiram Bingham company. We paid a lot of money to this company and we should not have been subjected to this dangerous ride. Again, I would've rated this a 5 star but for this part of the trip.

  • This was an unbelievable trip! The attention and service of the Hiram Bingham staff was impeccable!
    From pick up at our hotel, to the service, food, entertainment, and comfort on the train, to the knowledgeable guided tour of the ruins, this was a trip we will long remember. Highly recommend to all!

  • once in a lifetime experience! The joy of experiencing the luxury of the train was enhanced by the care the staff took in ensuring we felt safe and comfortable. There was immense attention to detail in all aspects. Guides were knowledgeable and informative. Couldn and #39;t ask for more from the trip!

  • Fantastic experience and Diego was such a knowledgeable guide.

  • We took the Hiram Bingham tour to Machu Picchu and had a wonderful time. Ghino, Justo, Erasmo, and Roberto were wonderful and made the trip very enjoyable and special. Carlos, our tour guide, made the trip interesting and educational. We were well taken care of and we would highly recommend it.

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