Skip The Hike And Take A Luxury Train Straight To Machu Picchu

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Photo: Courtesy of Orient-Express

The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru is one of the most famous tourist attractions in South America.But getting there can be difficult. Some tourists spend days walking to Inca Trail to arrive at the site. Others travel by bus.

For those looking for something a little more comfortable — and who have some money to spend — there’s another option: the luxury Orient-Express Hiram Bingham train from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.

The 6-hour round trip can be done as a day excursion or overnight stay, and includes on-board meals, guides, and entrance fee to the sanctuary. Round-trip tickets are $754 in the high season and $737 in the low season.

The train departs from a station outside Cuzco around 9 a.m., six days a week.

From there, it's a 3.5-hour ride to Machu Picchu station, where visitors can board a bus to the ancient site.

The train route traverses the Sacred Valley of the Incas along the Urubamba River, passing ancient ruins and fortresses.

Visitors can make the trip in a single day, or they can stay overnight near the ruins.

The train is named after Hiram Bingham, the explorer who discovered the site in 1911.

It was designed to be reminiscent of a 1920s' Pullman train, with elegant furnishings and a blue and gold exterior.

There are four cars in total — two dining cars, an observation bar car, and a kitchen car. It can carry 84 passengers.

The bar serves up pisco sours, a signature Peruvian drink made with pisco liquor, lime, egg white, and Angostura bitters.

There's also live entertainment.

But the main activity on the train is eating. On the way to Machu Picchu, a full brunch is served.

Of course, the views are spectacular.

The best places to catch them might be the open observation deck at the rear of the train.

Tickets on the train are expensive — up to $754 for a round trip. But the ticket price also includes a tour guide to the ruins and tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.

The panorama of Machu Picchu, of course, is priceless.

For those who want to see the hard-to-reach ruins and have some money to spare, it's the perfect way to see Macchu Pichu.

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