All Aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu

Posted on Nov 24, 2017

There are a variety of different ways for travelers to get to Machu Picchu, but none are as memorable or luxurious as a ride on the Belmond Hiram Bingham. When describing their famous Peruvian train, Belmond says it better than anyone else: “A visit to a once-in-a-lifetime place calls for a once-in-a lifetime journey.”  As a recent passenger onboard myself, I couldn’t agree more – my entire experience was outstanding!

A ride on the luxury train the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Excited for my ride on the Belmond Hiram Bingham!

Outside the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Exterior view of the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Named for the famous explorer who rediscovered Machu Picchu in the early 1900s, the Belmond Hiram Bingham evokes an old-world charm befitting of the Belmond brand.  Pullman-style carriages outfitted with gleaming wood and polished brass transport travelers back to a time of elegance unique to the world of luxury train travel.  It’s not hard to understand why this train is a definite bucket-list item for most luxury travelers.

Table setting on the Belmond Hiram Bingham

My table with a view onboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Belmond Hiram Bingham dining car

Dining car on the Belmond Hiram Bingham

A few from the observation deck onboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham

View from the observation deck on the Belmond Hiram Bingham

In addition to the beautiful decor, a ride on the Belmond Hiram Bingham means an “above and beyond” service experience for guests.   I found the level of service to be of the highest standard, a signature trademark of the Belmond brand.  From the friendly bartenders who make sure your champagne flute never dips too low to the attentive waiters who serve your three course, gourmet meal without a hiccup, a trip aboard this train doesn’t disappoint on any dimension.

Bar car on the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Champagne time in the bar car

Dessert is delicious on the Belmond Hiram Bingham

My yummy dessert

Before and after the main meal, the bar and observation cars are the place to be!  It is such a fun spot to gather for a drink and enjoy the scenery (which is stunning by the way).  The lively three piece band performing in the observation car is an absolute highlight.  They played everything from Elvis Presley to Guns N’ Roses without taking a break for a good portion of the ride.  By the end of the trip,  I found myself singing and dancing with other travelers from all over the world.  Such fun memories!

Band on the Hiram Bingham

Lively band onboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Bar car on the Belmond Hiram Bingham

Enjoying a drink with friends in bar car

I would be remiss not to mention the before and after experience for guests of the Belmond Hiram Bingham.  Whether you’re departing from Aguas Calientes or Peru, live Peruvian music, refreshments, and a comfortable place to relax prior to departure are perks of choosing this luxury train.

Belmond Hiram Bingham guests get to enjoy live entertainment before boarding

Live entertainment at the Cusco train station

I had the good fortune of riding the Belmond Hiram Bingham both ways between Aguas Calientes and Cusco.  Each way is wonderful, but I found going up to Machu Picchu to be a different experience from journeying back to Cusco.  Now that I’ve experienced both, I can better advise my clients on which was is the best way for their particular itinerary.  I partner regularly with Belmond to design customized itineraries to Peru.   CLICK HERE to read more about my extensive journey throughout Peru with Belmond.