Belmond Hiram Bingham & Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu, Peru
With a spirit of adventure built into its name – the American explorer who first photographed the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and brought it to the world’s attention – the luxury Belmond train between Poroy and Agua Calientes is the most fabulous way to travel to Machu Picchu.
We were wined, dined and entertained in what was a 3-hour trip to the infamous, site. The elegant, deep-blue, tastefully decorated carriages gave us deja vu of the British Pullman train we had the pleasure of riding on just a few months earlier back home in England.
The stunning view of the Urubamba River Valley and Andes was enough to keep us in our seats, but there was also a bar and observation car where a live band of musicians brought much conviviality to the passengers.
The train journey also included a free tour of the Citadel, which was absolutely spellbinding (that’s both the tour and the site) and high tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, just adjacent to the entrance of the park.
We chose to overnight at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, particularly as we wanted some additional early morning exploration of the site as soon as it opened, but its proximity is not its only selling point.
Once an explorer’s lodge, it oozes in simplistic traveller charm with antique furniture and armoires completing the theme, giving us a luxurious take on what the generations of adventurers before us experienced here.