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Hiram Bingham Peru, South America
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Fay says, “Having travelled from far away, don’t you owe it to yourselves and your shared memories to arrive at Machu Picchu, roof of the world, in Orient Express style?”
ABOUT THE HIRAM BINGHAM
The experience of travelling through some of the most beautiful and romantic scenery in Peru in luxurious surroundings is achieved in the Hiram Bingham. This train is named after the US explorer who claimed to have discovered the remains of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in 1911, although there is some evidence of earlier expeditions by British and German missionaris, engineers and speculators. The distinguished blue and gold carriages of the Hiram Bingham are off-set by the warm interiors with elegant upholstery. Winding past soaring mountains and the waters of the Urubamba River, whilst enjoying delectable cuisine, is a very special way in which to make the round trip from Poroy, 8 miles / 13 kms west of the ancient city of Cuzco (or Cusco) to the lost city of Machu Picchu.
Carriages: The carriages are luxurious with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920′s Pullman trains. Each of the four carriages has been furnished in polished wood and brass, with large chairs and plenty of space.
Observation Car: At the back of the Hiram Bingham is the Observation car, offering a space in which to truly appreciate the stunning Peruvian landscape. Observations cars are a great addition to any train and this one is furnished with dark wood, polished brass and large cushioned seats, thus making it the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the unfolding Peruvian landscape.
Dining Carriages: The two dining carriages offer a capacity of 42 seats each, with tables beautifully laid with gleaming crystal and polished cutlery. In the morning, on the way towards Machu Picchu you’ll enjoy a delectable three-course brunch, complete with a refreshing sparkling wine and freshly squeezed orange juice. In the evening, on the journey from Machu Picchu to Poroy, you will be served a luxurious four-course menu, complete with Pisco Sour and Peruvian delicacies.
Bar Car: The bar car is the perfect place to enjoy a Pisco Sour and experience live Peruvian music courtesy of the on board band. During the journey to Machu Picchu the barman invites passengers to learn how to make traditional Pisco Sour.
Hiram Bingham Itinerary
The journey takes around 3hrs 15mins each way. Sights as varied and remarkable as the vast agricultural terraces of Jaquijahuana, the remains of a major Inca city that was sadly destroyed during the Spanish conquest, the beautiful village of Ollantaytambo hidden in the Sacred Valley (home to the Urubamba river) and an ancient temple complex called The Fortress, all await. In the morning en route to Machu Picchu a brunch will be served as you watch the stunning landscape unfold. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, private minibuses await passengers for the fifteen-minute journey up to the citadel. At the Machu Picchu entrance, guests can go straight into the citadel as tickets will have been pre-purchased for all. A guide will escort you around the citadel in small groups, pointing out the best of the ruins and recounting the history of this Inca settlement. Following the guided tour, guests are given the choice to wander alone through this fascinating World Heritage site, or to enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the Orient-Express hotel located right at the entrance to the citadel. After the day exploring the marvel of Machu Picchu, cocktails and a gourmet dinner are served on the return to Cuzco.
Dates and Prices
2013: November 15 – December 20 plus Orient Express hotel before or after the journey*
December 21 – December 31 plus Orient Express hotel before or after the journey*
If you also require hotels before and after your journey on Hiram Bingham, please contact us for prices. The train operates May to December, daily except Sunday. There is a 50% discount for children
What to Wear: Smart casual and comfortable clothes are appropriate for any of the journeys. It is suggested that passengers bring a raincoat as well as a hat and sun block as it can become extremely hot. Insect repellent is advised. A warm coat is recommended for the return drive from Poroy Station into Cuzco.
Climate: At Machu Picchu, the subtropical climate means generally mild weather; the average year-round temperature during the day is 13ºC. There are two distinct seasons – the rainy season is from November to March and brings heavy rains; the dry season from April to October brings higher temperatures.
Luggage: There is no special coach for luggage; it is recommended that passengers bring only items which are necessary for a day trip. An elegant Hiram Bingham travel bag will be provided for our passengers.
Smoking: Under Peruvian law, smoking is not permitted at any time in the passenger saloon cars. Passengers are however allowed to smoke in the observation car of the Hiram Bingham.
Altitude: Oxygen is available on the train for passengers having difficulty acclimatizing to the high altitudes of some of the route.
Heating: The Hiram Bingham is heated as required.
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