On this luxury train ride to Machu Picchu you’ll get to speed through the pastoral beauty of the Sacred Valley. First you’ll take a 4-hour train ride, and then a 30-minute bus ride up the side of the mountain. On they train voyage you’ll get to eat, drink, and enjoy live music.
- 14 hrs
- Available Days:
- Tue Wed Thu
- 9:05 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
The Hiram Bingham train is named after the professor and explorer who first introduced Machu Picchu to the world at large. With a local as his guide, Bingham hiked through thick forests in search of the lost city of the Inca. To this day people are in awe of its Inca stonework and the intricate construction of its plazas, temples, fountains, and agricultural terraces.
Your journey begins at the Poroy Station in Cusco. At the outset you’ll be offered an aperitif. Later you’ll get to have an upscale lunch paired with Peruvian wines. At some point during your meal, a live band will serenade your dining car. When you’re ready to stretch your legs, there is a train car specifically dedicated to sightseeing.
After you arrive at Aguas Calientes and take the bus to Machu Picchu, you won’t have to compete for a tour guide. This tour provides one guide for every 14 passengers. Machu Picchu is a striking example of Inca engineering – you’ll see many stone terraces built into the sides of the mountain, structures that the Inca used to grow food in an area with no flat farmland.
Your tour guide can also explain some of the mystery of Machu Picchu, and why historians are still somewhat puzzled as to how it came into existence.
After you explore the ruins, you’ll descend the mountain and pay a visit to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge for teatime. This luxurious lodge has a cozy interior and a dining area that overlooks dense greenery. On your leisurely return to Cusco you will be served a gourmet dinner. (You also have the option to spend the night in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes if you would prefer to return to Cusco the next day.)
Machu Picchu is the bucket-list tourist attraction and the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru; the vastness, location and detail of the ruins make it unmissable. Without a doubt this is the crown jewel of Peruvian ruins.
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Machu Pichu’s vast ruins have a distinctly Inca layout. Scholars have discovered that many of the site’s buildings have astrological significance. With a design inspired by the stars, Machu Picchu has an implacable hold on the imagination of everyone who tours it.
During its lifetime, Machu Picchu saw the rise and the fall of the Inca Empire. Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century, just before the Spanish arrived and took control of the surrounding region. Touring the vast complex of agricultural, residential, and religious buildings, it becomes clear Machu Picchu was a world unto itself, the busy last chapter of an accomplished civilization.
Take this tour to see one of the only Inca bridges that still exists. It’s made of straw and stretches 92 feet across a canyon, and offers stunning views of the surroundings, including the Apurímac River. If you’re feeling brave, walk across and get one of the most incredible views of the Inca landscape.