The tour to Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Incas en Peru, is for most travelers a very special and impressive momento of their trip to Peru.
Machu Picchu was discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911 after 500 years of lying hidden and untouched in the cloud forest of Peru. These ruins are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. The small but extraordinary city perched atop a mountain at 2,430m is invisible from below and completely self-contained. It is surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs.
Most interestingly, it is clear that Machu Picchu was no ordinary Incan city - its layout and architecture suggests that it was utilized as a secret and exclusive ceremonial settlement rather than a population centre.
Machu Picchu Tour
For your Machu Picchu Tour by train, you can choose from three different train types to Machu Picchu. First, there is the Backpacker or Expedition train; secondly, the more upgraded Vistadome. And finally, the expensive andluxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train.
The prices and itineraries of those trains vary. All are operated by either Perurail or Incarail.
There are three different Machu Picchu Tours, according to the different train services that run to Machu Picchu: the Back Packer Train, the Vistadome Train and the Hiram Bingham Train, each priced differently for the budget of different travelers.
The Expedition Train
This is the cheapest service but still a comfortable mode of travel to Machu Picchu. They offer an on-board snack.
The Vistadome Train
Compared to the Expedition train, this service is better. The type of carriage has large panoramic windows offering better views, and the train offers breakfast on board, depending on the time of the train. In summary the Vistadome is a more comfortable service.
The Hiram Bingham Train
A luxury voyage; for those who want to make the most out of their excursion to Machu Picchu. Afternoon tea in the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is included, located at the entrance of the archaeological complex. A professional guide will also accompany you throughout the days visit, including on the train.