Belmond Hiram Bingam and Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru

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 Hiram Bingham train between Poroy and Agua Calientes is the most fabulous way to travel to the wonder of the world that is Machu Picchu.

We were wined, dined and entertained in what was a 3-hour trip to the infamous, historic 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 the Andes was enough to keep us in our seats on our journey up, on the Belmond Hiram Bingham, 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.

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.

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While you’re Out There
You don’t have to return on the same train you came arrived on. Staying overnight at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge means that you can be the first to enter the grounds of the Citadel before the other tourists get there in their hoards. This way, you’ll snap some beautiful pictures of this wonderful and spiritual place with nobody in them.

Photography courtesy of Belmond