Hiram Bingham Luxury Train To Machu Picchu - Cusco

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 13 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8am
  • Departure Details :
    Tour departs from downtown Cusco hotels
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

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.

Itinerary:

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
Dessert:
  • 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
Dessert:
  • Apple-custard parfait with carrots and cocoa nibs, drizzled with mandarin and ginger reduction

Inclusions

  • 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

  • Gratuities (optional)

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

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