Majestic Machu Picchu by Luxury Train

Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas

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by Moira Sherman

Peru has become a strong contender for incentive groups considering South America.  Extensive developments in tourism product and infrastructure have allowed the country to compete with the highest international quality standards. Peru inspires through its lost cities, exotic eco-adventures and incredible cuisine (think Ceviche and Pisco Sours)!

A once-in-a-lifetime trip to Peru isn’t complete without visiting the awe-inspiring Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Wonder of the World. It’s on every seasoned traveller’s bucket list and is the jewel in the crown of Peru’s many treasures. Due to its remoteness, it’s not a destination people often frequent on their own, and rarely more than once. This makes it an especially enticing incentive trip option - an experience that is both thrilling and highly motivating to qualifiers, particularly well-traveled ones. A journey by luxury train allows efficient, comfortable travel to Machu Picchu in style.

Belmond Hiram Bingham Train - Cusco to Machu Picchu  Photo Credit: Belmond

Belmond Hiram Bingham Train - Cusco to Machu Picchu

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Begin the journey in the country’s capital city Lima, a stylish and cosmopolitan destination. From there its an easy 1.5 hour flight to Cusco. Uncover the true spirit of Peru in Cusco and the Sacred Valley before boarding the Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas.

Belmond Hiram Bingham  Photo Credit: Forbes

Belmond Hiram Bingham

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Hiram Bingham and views along the Urubamba River  Photo Credit: Tangol.com

Hiram Bingham and views along the Urubamba River

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This luxury train provides guests with impressive views of the Andes and fine details inspired by the old “Orient Express”.  Pullman-style carriages transport travelers to a bygone era with old-fashioned elegance while guests dine on gourmet Peruvian cuisine. The train can accommodate up to 84 people. Incentive groups have the option of reserving individual carriages or chartering an entire train. Live onboard entertainment, bespoke menus and welcome gifts add an extra exclusivity factor!

Bar Car on Belmond Hiram Bingham  Photo Credit: Belmond

Bar Car on Belmond Hiram Bingham

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Observation Car  Photo Credit: Tangol.com

Observation Car

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Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, amidst a tropical mountain forest. Temples and palaces dating from around 1440 were built meticulously from huge blocks of granite by by the Incan Empire. The Incas abandoned the city around 1530. The ancient city contains over 150 buildings comprised of baths, tombs, temples, and burial grounds. Thousands of steps that connect different sites and levels. The extraordinarily beautiful natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes boasts a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Best time to visit is between April and October (Peak Season is May to August).

Machu Picchu Tour  Photo Credit: National Geographic

Machu Picchu Tour

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Photo Credit: Daily Hive.com


Suggested Itinerary:

Day 1 - Lima - Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 2 - Cusco - Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 3 - Sacred Valley of the Incas - Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 4 - Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu

Day 5 - Fly Cusco to Lima - Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Optional:

Extend 1 Night at Machu Picchu - Belmond Sanctuary Lodge


A great option for groups looking to spend more time at Machu Picchu is a stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. The only hotel adjacent to the main citadel entrance (literally 5 m away), the hotel is ideally situated for early morning private tours of the ruins before the crowds appear. 31 rooms and suites include marble bathrooms and modern, plush amenities. Some rooms feature panoramic views and private terraces ideal for relaxing and unwinding after a day of adventure.

This experience is certain to create unforgettable memories and a bucket-list worthy incentive trip!

Contact us to learn more about this and other journeys of a lifetime.

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge  Photo Credit: https://www.annees-de-pelerinage.com

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

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Photo Credit: Trip Advisor

Deluxe Room  Photo Credit: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Deluxe Room

Photo Credit: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge