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Hiram Bingham Train
to Machu Picchu!

PeruRail's Hiram Bingham Train provides spectacular views and deluxe service while on the journey to Machu Picchu.

PeruRail route from Cuzco to Machu Picchu


At around noon, on July 23, 1911, an explorer named Hiram Bingham climbed up a steep hill and stumbled onto Machu Picchu, uncovering what had been up until that moment, the Incas' best kept secret. The World was stunned by his discovery. PeruRail's luxury train service between Cuzco and Machu Picchu, is named after the American explorer who discovered the stunning ruins of the ancient citadel.

TPeruRail's Hiram Bingham Train provides wonderful vistas of the mountains and the beautiful Urubamba River on its journey to Machu Picchu.he train leaves from Cuzco in the morning taking a spectacular journey through a changing landscape while guests enjoy breakfast. After the steep climb out of Cuzco, the train descends into the Sacred Valley, Climbing out of Cuzco, on the way to Machu Picchupassing lush fields and colorful villages in the Andean foothills.

From there, the journey is highlighted by wonderful vistas of the mountains and the beautiful Urubamba River (right) which runs through the Sacred Valley. On arrival in the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, guests are taken by bus to Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge for lunch, which overlooks the ancient citadel. A private guided tour of the citadel follows before the return transfer to the station in the early evening. A sumptuous dinner is served on the train during the 3½ hour journey back to Cuzco.

For many visitors, the journey to Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Taking the Hiram Bingham means passengers can focus their attention and energy on what matters most, content in the knowledge that the logistical details of the day's trip have been taken care of by PeruRail.


PPeruRail is widely recognized as not only one of the highest rail routes on Earth, but also the world's most scenic railway service.eruRail is widely recognized as not only one of the highest rail routes on Earth, but also the world's most scenic railway service.

PeruRail links most of the tourist highlights of the Andes in Peru and is undoubtedly the most spectacular way to discover the ancient land of the Incas, taking you through scenery of outstanding beauty and to places almost inaccessible by any other means.

PeruRail offers a choice of main routes - between either historic Cuzco or the Sacred Valley and the legendary Machu Picchu and between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.


Day One: Cuzco/Ollantaitambo/Machu Picchu
Pick-up at your hotel and transfer to the train station at Poroy, about 20 minutes outside of Cuzco. Today you will explore Machu Picchu in comfort and luxury on board the PeruRail's Hiram Bingham Lounge Car provides an opportunity to meet new friends en route to Machu Picchu.Hiram Bingham train service. The train consists of four cars: two dining cars (below, left), a bar car (right) and a kitchen car. The entire train sports the distinctive blue and gold livery, and the cars are elegantly furnished in warm, inviting tones. PeruRail's dining car provides a sumptuous champagne brunch en route to Machu Picchu.The train departs Poroy train station, outside of Cuzco, at 9:00 a.m. and a sumptuous champagne brunch is served on board while guides are on hand to explain points of interest en route. If you are boarding the train at the Ollantaitambo train station in the Urubamba Valley, the trains departs at about 10:50 a.m. Upon arrival at the Machu Picchu train station at approximately 12:30 p.m. you board the waiting mini-buses that will take you up a serpentine road to the dizzying heights of the ancient citadel, perched on a saddle between two mountains. Your guides will give you an expert, exclusive tour of Machu Picchu before settling down to afternoon tea, served at the Sanctuary Lodge, just outside the entrance to the ruins. If you are staying the night at the Sanctuary Lodge, dinner is included this evening, and you will have the remainder of the evening free to explore after most of the visitors leave at 3:00 p.m. The gates to Machu Picchu close at sundown. If you are staying at one of the hotels at the base of the ruins in Aguas Calientes, your guide will give you the schedule for the last bus back down the mountain.

PeruRail at the Aguas Calientes station, where the market is literally just inches away!Day Two: Machu Picchu to Cuzco
The gates to Machu Picchu open early, Arrival at Poroy Station, whereupon you are met and transferred to your will you have the entire morning to explore the ruins in near solitude before the trains arrive with more tourists. The Hiram Bingham train departs Machu Picchu station at 6:15 p.m., and you should plan to be at the station by 5:45 p.m. Local Indians set up market at the Aguas Calientes station, so you will be able to browse and shop until the train departs. A gourmet four-course dinner is served on board, including wine and beverages. The train arrives at Poroy at about 10:00 p.m., whereupon you are met and transferred to your hotel. (B, D)