The Hiram Bingham Train: Cusco and the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu
The wonderful site of Machu Picchu is linked to the outside world by a spectacular rail line which cuts through the lush cloudforest of the Vilcabamba Mountains, skirting the banks of the raging Urubamba river, to reach the village of Aguas Calientes at the base of the site.
There are two companies PeruRail (in conjunction with Orient Express) and IncaRail who operate the 3 hour journey. Each offers a range of services from the so-called backpacker Expedition Train to the Vistadome/Executive Train with panoramic windows. However, for something special, look no further than the Hiram Bingham.
Named after the legendary explorer who re-discovered Machu Picchu, PeruRail’s Hiram Bingham is the height of luxury, a classic train decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman carriages furnished in polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs. The train features two dining wagons and a panoramic observation car.
The Hiram Bingham offers a fully comprehensive service to Machu Picchu and includes entertainment and fine dining (gourmet brunch and dinner) on board the train, a fully guided tour of Machu Picchu and afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel next to the ruins.
For those overnighting at Aguas Calientes, the service can be combined with the Vistadome on the return the following day.
This is a wonderful experience, a real taste of classic luxury en route to Peru’s most famous site. For more information on timetable/services, please ask your Oasis Travel consultant.