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