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Luxury Train Machu Picchu

The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive luxury Orient Express service operated by PeruRail, with all luxury services and wide seats included.

Hiram Binghan train

Luxury Machu Picchu Train

The Hiram Bingham wagons are distinguished by its warm and cozy interiors and elegant upholstery. This service has four wagons, two dining wagons, an observation wagon with bar and a kitchen.

The luxury service includes:

* Exclusive Bus to and from the citadel of Machu Picchu.

* Entrance to the Machu Picchu Ruins.

* Guided tour in the citadel.

* Brunch and dinner on board.

* Afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

The train is named after the explorer Hiram Bingham who around noon, on July 23, 1911, climbed up a steep hill and stumbled onto Machu Picchus ruins, uncovering what had been up until that moment been the Incas’ best kept secret. The World was stunned by his discovery of this magical Incan citadel hidden high in the Andean Mountains.

JOURNEY

The Hiram Bingham train leaves from Poroy Cusco in the morning and takes a spectacular journey through a changing landscape whilst the guests enjoy breakfast. After the steep climb out of Cuzco

and going through Cachimayo, the train descends to the plateau of Anta, a patchwork landscape of typical Andean crops and passes lush fields and colorful villages in the foothills of the Andes.

To the left of the journey, the massive agricultural terraces of Jaquijahuana can be seen, close to the village of Zurite.

Beyond the town of Huarocondo the great plain narrows dramatically as the track enters a deep gorge carved by the rushing Pomatales River until it meets the Urubamba River, which runs through the beautiful Sacred Valley.

The train passes through extensive areas that are spotted with Incan ruins.

Five kilometers beyond Pachar, the train arrives in the quaint and enchanting village of Ollantaytamboto and then follows the river into the Urubamba Gorge. After Coriwaynachina and emerging from a short tunnel, you see a series of beautiful agricultural terraces that marks the ruins of Qente.

In this fertile lush village you start entering a warmer microclimate, near a flowing waterfall and see many vibrant flowers and often giant hummingbirds too.

Afterwards the train passes Chachabamba (at 104 km) with rocky outcrops hung with orchids and bromeliads, and from where the one-day trek to Machu Picchu via the magnificent ruins of Wiñay Wayna begins.

At just two km from Machu Picchu, the train arrives below the majestic ruins at Aguas Calientes. Surrounded by the high, green mountains that cradle the famous lost city, as well as myriad other Inca remains, this small town, which is well known for its thermal baths, has blossomed into a popular overnight destination for visitors of Machu Picchu.

On arrival in the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, guests are taken by bus to the  Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge for lunch, which overlooks the ruins of the ancient citadel.

A private guided tour of the citadel follows before the return transfer to the station in the early evening as the sun goes down.

Afterwards on the train you receive pre dinner cocktails and a sumptuous 4 course a la carte dinner  during the 3½ hour journey back to Cuzco. The train arrives into the Poroy station in Cuzco at 10 pm.

For many visitors, the beautiful journey to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience. By taking the Hiram Bingham train you can arrive there in total luxury and focus your attention to the spectacular journey, the intriguing history and the breathtaking views.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

On-board meals with Peruvian wine, cusqueña Beer, soft drinks and hot drinks (brunch on outward journey, pre dinner cocktails and dinner on return), on-board entertainment, guides, bus transfers, entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary and afternoon tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

DEPARTURES

Departure from Poroy Station

(20 minutes away from Cuzco).

Passengers have to be at the train station 30 minutes before departure.

The Hiram Bingham doesn’t run on Sundays.

Flora and Fauna

Orchids machu picchu

Machu Picchu’s natural exuberance is characteristic of the Andean Cloud Forest; a land of gorgeous orchids, exotic bromeliads, many colorful butterflies, and several species of indigenous birds, such as the Inca Roacher, Parodi Hemispingus, and the Green and White Hummingbird. Several species of monkeys, hummingbirds, the Andean Spectacled Bear, The Giant Otter, The Mountain Lion and various endangered species such as the Peruvian Cock-of-the-Rock are found in the Machu Picchu Historical Reserve.

Wildlife Observation Chart Observation Probability

MAMMALS

Wild Life machu picchu
  • Spectacled Bear – in captivity
  • Tremarctos ornatus
  • BIRDS
  • Andean Cock-of-the-rock
  • Rupicola peruviana
  • Momotus aequatorialis
  • Pharomachrus auriceps
  • Thraupis episcopus
  • Merganetta armata
  • Highland Mot-mot
  • Golden-headed Quetzal
  • Blue-Gray Tanager
  • Torrent Duck

HUMMINGBIRDS

HUMMINGBIRDS

  • Booted Racket-tail
  • Shining Sunbeam
  • Ocreatus underwoodii
  • Aglaeactis cupripennis
  • Collared-Gould’s Inca
  • Leucippus viridicauda
  • Boissonneaua matthewsii
  • Heliangelus amethysticollis
  • Colibri coruscans
  • Leucippus chionogaster
  • Chestnut-breasted Coronet
  • Amethyst-throated Sunangel
  • Sparkling Violetear
  • White-bellied Hummingbird
  • Green-and-white Hummingbird
  • Coeligena inca

HUMMINGBIRDS

  • Booted Racket-tail
  • Shining Sunbeam
  • Ocreatus underwoodii
  • Aglaeactis cupripennis
  • Collared-Gould’s Inca
  • Leucippus viridicauda
  • Boissonneaua matthewsii
  • Heliangelus amethysticollis
  • Colibri coruscans
  • Leucippus chionogaster
  • Chestnut-breasted Coronet
  • Amethyst-throated Sunangel
  • Sparkling Violetear
  • White-bellied Hummingbird
  • Green-and-white Hummingbird
  • Coeligena inca

Machu Picchu Luxury Tours

If you’re thinking of travelling to Machu Picchu, the lost city located in Peru don’t hesitate to consider a Machu Picchu luxury tour, so you can travel in comfort while experiencing the splendor of this magical location.

Hiram Binghan train

Luxury Machu Picchu Train

Machu Picchus luxury tours afford you a glimpse into a most fascinating civilization, long gone. There are many speculations (like the Incans worship of the sun God or for their astronomical connection to the stars and Planets) but to this date the reason for the ancient cities location remains unknown.

If you embark on this tour, be it with family and friends or alone, you will always receive your own personal tour guide who is versed in the English language and has much knowledge of this ancient culture. One is also able to visit the ruins up close and marvel at the construction of the buildings that were done without any form of mortar and that to this day are more resistant to earthquakes than most modern buildings.

If you trek the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu you will also get to experience the varying climatic temperatures that the climb offers. It takes roughly four days to complete and enables you to get a first hand view of the breathtaking beauty of the area. Of course the Machu Picchu luxury tour can also be done by a private train ride through the mountains arriving right under the ruins at the enchating village of Aguas Calientes. Like this you can see all the historic sites without the discomfort of the arduous climb. The train that offers the most luxurious ride is the Hiram Bingham train which departs from the city of Poroy (approximately twenty minutes from Cusco). During your trip you will be spoilt with the most sumptuous meals and get to taste the local Peruvian beer and wine. You will also be entertained during your journey and the well experienced guides will provide you with interesting information about the location that you are visiting before you arrive.

A wonderful tidbit to note about the name of this luxury train is that it was named after the man who first rediscovered the ancient city. He is now considered the founder of the city, as had it not been for his persistence to locate it, the city may have remained a hidden mystery forever.

The key to choosing the best Machu Picchu luxury tour to suit you is by electing whether you would like to trek their or arrive by train. All the luxury tours include all meals, luxury accommodations while camping; they offer the most comfortable sleeping bags along with oversized tents and the top of the line hiking gear. Some luxury tours even provide top quality mattresses to their clients along with portable toilets and showers.

After you choose your ultimate luxury package, come visit this magical city and discover the indescribable energy and beauty of this hidden fortress amongst the majestic Andes for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!!