Traveling the fabled route from just outside Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, to ancient Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Such an adventure deserves an exceptional journey. Hiram Bingham, a Belmond Train's blue-and-gold livery stands out against Peru’s lush mountains. Inside, elegance and timeless charm are the order of the day. Sink into an armchair in the 1920s Pullman-style carriages and savour the glamor of a bygone era gleaming with antique fittings. You’ll be welcomed at the station with unerring grace. Enjoy lunch, take a guided tour of Machu Picchu and dine to the melody of a local band – this is true Peruvian hospitality.
The journey itself is made all the more magical by the leisurely pace at which the train moves, giving you ample time to feast your eyes on Peru’s sky-hanging ruins and agricultural terraces dotted with rare flora and fauna. Head to the Observation Car on return, pisco sour in hand, as the warm Andean sun gives way to starry skies. Your Peruvian adventure begins here.
Dine and dance your way between Cusco and Machu Picchu aboard this enchanting train. These journeys are as magical as the destination itself. The Hiram Bingham, a Belmond Train experience begins at Poroy Station with a Sonqowan Chilliqcha cocktail – meaning "I receive you with my heart" in Quechua. On board, the maître d’ beckons guests to the dining car for a luxury lunch. Warm Peruvian hospitality and Belmond's local band make settling in second nature. What’s so relaxing about this excursion is its leisurely pace. The route itself is 57 miles and lasts about three-and-a-half hours in each direction. You’ll traverse the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stretching from Ollantaytambo to the Urubamba River. The scenery is devestatingly beautiful: snow-capped mountains melt into lush cloud forest. Machu Picchu itself is breathtaking. As part of your experience, a personal guide will show you around the ancient site. Once you’ve explored, take afternoon tea at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu’s gates. On your leisurely return journey, savour an Andean-inspired menu featuring Sacred Valley produce. As Latin rhythms fill the carriages and you dance along, you’ll know these are memories in the making.
- 9.05am: Depart from Poroy Station, 25 minutes from Cusco city center
- 12.24pm: Arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo Station
- 5.50pm: Depart from Machu Picchu Pueblo Station
- 9.16pm: Arrive at Poroy Station
Belmond Hiram Bingham runs daily, except for the last Sunday of every month. The journey lasts 3.5 hours to/from Cusco and 1.5 hours to/from Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado in the Sacred Valley. Schedule is subject to change.
- Dining Cars: 2
- Observation Car
- Bar Car
- Maximum number of passengers: 84
OUTBOUND JOURNEY INCLUDES
- Welcome drink
- Lunch and drinks on board
- Live music
- Bus transfer from the station to the Inca citadel
- Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Guided tour (in English and/or Spanish) for every 14 passengers
- Afternoon tea at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge *
INBOUND JOURNEY INCLUDES
- Afternoon tea at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge *
- Bus transfer to the train station
- Exclusive use of a private waiting room at Machu Picchu Pueblo Station
- Dinner and drinks on board
- Live music
* Alcoholic beverages are not included in the afternoon tea at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
Linen-topped tables with gleaming crystal and Villeroy & Boch china set the scene for gastronomic adventures. Sit back at wooden booths illuminated by brass lamps as the maître d’ introduces dishes that use organic produce from the Sacred Valley. All the while, picture windows provide unforgettable views of the stunning scenery. As the train meanders towards Machu Picchu, raise a toast the morning with a sparkling three-course lunch. On your return journey, in the afterglow of a mesmerizing visit to Machu Picchu, the aroma of Andean cooking draws hungry travellers to their seats. With Kiwicha caviar and Pumahuancas salt-crusted trout, this four-course feast is rich in produce fresh from farmlands through which the train passes. Ready for refreshment? In the Observatory Car, try Belmond's pisco sour cocktails – the signature HB Collins combining pisco, lime and soda is a favorite. The beauty of the land unfolds as you settle into deliciously comfortable seats. Alcoholic and non-alcholic drinks are all-inclusive aside from a select menu of premium wines.
Embrace the vibrant South American spirit and dance the evening away as the train comes to life along Peru’s most iconic railroad. You’d be forgiven for thinking that, as Hiram Bingham, a Belmond Train travels to and from breathtaking Machu Picchu, there would be an atmosphere of hushed anticipation. Yet as guests step on board, they’re welcomed with a fiesta like no other. A local band pounds out Latin rhythms and barmen dispense pisco sours to the beat. As the train glides between the high Andes and the Amazon cloud forest, the Observatory Car fills with guests gathering to dance to the guitars and drums. The onboard three-man band, Sabor y Sentimento – meaning Flavour and Feeling – is a favorite among local people. Its carnival-esque music sets the tone for a fun-filled evening trip back to Cusco. Of all the musicians, the cajonero – the player of the cajón, the Peruvian percussion instrument – draws the biggest cheers. Together, passengers and crew sing and dance with an energy that is at once infectious and unforgettable.
- This is a guide itinerary and can be modified to suit. It is subject to availability and price at the time of booking. Other conditions may apply -
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