Belmond Hiram Bingham Peru, South America
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About The Belmond Hiram Bingham
The Club offers complete 'peace of mind' travel: we book the Belmond Hiram Bingham with airport / hotel / station transfers as well as any Belmond hotel in Peru before, during or after the train journey.
These are the Belmond hotels in Peru: Cusco Belmond Hotel Monasterio; Cusco Belmond Palacio Nazarenas; Lima Belmond Miraflores Park; Machu Picchu Belmond Sanctuary Lodge; Sacred Valley Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
The experience of travelling through some of the most beautiful and romantic scenery in Peru in luxurious surroundings is achieved in the Belmond 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 missionaries, engineers and speculators.
Hosting up to 84 guests, Belmond Hiram Bingham's carriages are luxuriously painted in their distinctive blue and gold colours and are furnished in the style of the 1920's Pullman carriages. Each carriage has been decorated in polished wooden panels and brass finishings, with large chairs and plenty of space to stretch out.
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.
Belmond Hiram Bingham Accommodation
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 an open space in which to truly appreciate the stunning Peruvian landscape. Observation 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.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
The two Presidential Suites are the most luxurious accommodation in the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.
The bedroom sits alongside an inviting living area. The space continues out to a large, furnished terrace—an ideal place to enjoy the spellbinding mountain views.
Details: King-size bed; separate living area; furnished terrace; marble bathroom (shower only); mountain views; size: from 35 sqm / 376 sqft.
Deluxe Mountain View Rooms
The views across the dramatic, undulating landscape of the Sacred Valley incorporate mountains, jungle and the Urubamba River. Deluxe King Mountain View Sink into a plush king-size bed for a well-earned rest. Cool fabrics and rich wood accents provide extra indulgence to round off your Machu Picchu adventure. Deluxe Twin Mountain View & Terrace Step out from your elegant twin bedroom to a large, furnished terrace. It's the perfect location for a nightcap beneath the stars.
Details: King-size or twin beds; marble bathroom (shower only); mountain views; size: from 17 sqm / 183 sqft; not all rooms include a terrace.
Each ecologically-friendly room is a cosy sanctuary. Wake up early and be just steps away from the lost city. Some Superior Rooms offer a patio where you can enjoy the atmosphere of the peaceful Lodge courtyard.
Details: King-size or twin beds; marble bathroom (shower only); furnished patio; courtyard views; size: from 15 sqm / 161 sqft
Belmond Hiram Bingham Itinerary / Package
The journey takes around 3hrs 15mins each way.
Altitudes. Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft); Machu Picchu 2,430 m (7,970 ft). For information about altitude sickness, go here.
Package 1: Belmond Hiram Bingham plus Belmond Sanctuary Lodge (2 days / 1 night)
During January to April inclusive, Perurail operates its rainy season timetable to a different schedule to that below.
Train leaves Cusco 9:05am
Train arrives Aguas Calientes station12:42pm
Short walk to the waiting bus to travel up to Machu Picchu
Arrive at Sanctuary Lodge Hotel 1:00pm
Citadel open until 5:30pm
Citadel opens at 6:00am
Bus leaves for station 5:00pm
Train departs 5:50pm
Train arrives Cusco 9:16pm
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, your reserved suite awaits you in the Sanctuary Lodge.
The Hiram Bingham will transport you in fitting style back to Cuzco.
Dates and Prices
Please contact us for prices.
The Hiram Bingham operates May to December, daily except Sunday.
4 - 16 March 2020: The Hiram Bingham Observation Car with open deck is being renovated. During this period, there is a replacement bar car which has no open deck.
There is a 50% discount for children.
The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is beside the entrance to the ancient Inca citadel, allowing you to enter Machu Picchu at 06:00hrs before visitor numbers reach their maximum.
Included In The Tour
Travel & Health Advice. Here are travel and health advisories links to national governments and health agencies, including the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Where to Stay. A journey on Belmond Hiram Bingham booked with the Club will be combined with a stay at one of the Belmond Peruvian properties. Consider Belmond Hotels Peru for your pre- and post-train accommodations.
Child Fares. Children aged 3-11 years get a 50% discount on the Belmond Hiram Bingham.
Alternative Return Train. Passengers may combine their journey, going on board the Belmond Hiram Bingham train and return with Vistadome (PeruRail services).
Guide Languages. All tours are provided in English and Spanish. However, for groups of 15 or more, the tour can be offered in the following languages - French, German, Portuguese, Italian or Japanese.
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. Cusco 3,399 m (11,152 ft); Machu Picchu 2,430 m (7,970 ft). For information about altitude sickness, go here. 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.
Coronavirus Notice: Go here for general travel and health advice from governments, WHO and other organisations. Go here for information about Belmond Covid-19 cleaning processes.
This information about altitude sickness is from the UK's National Health Service (linked 23 Nov 2019; impartial advice). There is much more detail on the NHS web page link.
Altitude sickness can occur when you travel to a high altitude too quickly. Breathing becomes difficult because you aren't able to take in as much oxygen. Altitude sickness, also called acute mountain sickness (AMS), can become a medical emergency if ignored. Age, sex or physical fitness have no bearing on your likelihood of getting altitude sickness.
Symptoms of altitude sickness usually develop between 6 and 24 hours after reaching altitudes more than 3,000m (9,842 feet) above sea level and are similar to those of a bad hangover. The symptoms are usually worse at night.
Consider travelling with these medicines for altitude sickness: acetazolamide to prevent and treat high altitude sickness, ibuprofen and paracetamol for headaches, anti-sickness medication (like promethazine) for nausea.
Preventing altitude sickness: The best way is to travel to altitudes above 3,000 m slowly. It usually takes a few days for the body to get used to a change in altitude. You should also, amongst other things, avoid flying directly to areas of high altitude, if possible; take 2-3 days to get used to high altitudes before going above 3,000m; make sure you're drinking enough water; avoid alcohol; eat a light but high calorie diet; avoid smoking.
Treating altitude sickness: stop and rest where you are & don't go any higher for at least 24-48 hours (if practicable); if you have a headache, take ibuprofen or paracetamol; if you feel sick, take an anti-sickness medication, like promethazine; make sure you're drinking enough water; avoid alcohol; don't smoke; avoid exercise.
Bookings and Reservations
All prices are at publicly-quoted rates; we deduct discount for Club Members.
Consider Belmond Hotels Peru for your pre- and post-train accommodations.
Details of the other Belmond trains are here.
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