A Guide To Luxury Train Travel In Peru

A Guide To Luxury Train Travel In Peru

Nestled high in the slopes of the Andes, the journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu is one revered by many as the crown jewel of the Andes region, drawing over half a million visitors each year who are all looking to uncover the mysteries of the Inca Empire. Though some choose to trek through the journey, undoubtedly, the most stylish and comfortable way to travel to the Sacred Valley is by luxury train travel in Peru, enjoying a 360 degree, panoramic view of the majestic Andes mountains and the towns that make the valley so sacred.

Luxury Train Travel In Peru

To get the full experience of the Andes, visiting the Sacred Valley during the Peruvian winter (May – September) is the best time for panoramic views with the least likely chance of rain showers and cloudy skies.

Along the route from Cusco to the gateway city of Aguas Calientes there are several charming villages and ancient sites which you can take for a detour before hopping back on the train to experience the breathtaking Machu Picchu. At Kuoda, we can ensure that your train travel runs smoothly, and will create an itinerary based on your exact preferences – whether you’re looking to experience the salt mines near Urubamba or marvel at thousands of years of Incan history in Ollantaytambo.

If you’re looking to discover the Lost City of the Incas by train – you have many options – if you’re interested in completing the journey in the most luxurious way possible – with panoramic windows, opulent dining experiences, in-depth narration, and sometimes even live music or performances by indigenous local artists – here are the train journeys that our travel designers at Kuoda will custom tailor to fit your vacation.

1. Belmond Hiram Bingham – Andean Explorer

Andean Explorer Luxury train travel in Peru

The opulence of the Hiram Bingham train cannot be overstated. The train transports you to a lavish 1920’s style Pullman car, complete with dark wood finishes, polished brass and large cushioned seats. Beyond being greeted with fabulous views of the Andes mountains – when guests come on-board, they are met with traditional Peruvian dance performances, canapes and champagne and high end wine to begin the 3.5 hour expertly guided journey. Guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the grandeur of the experience, or head to the observation car which offers nearly floor to ceiling glass for a truly immersive look at the Andes Mountains.

Beyond just getting to Machu Picchu, Kuoda can reserve the Belmond’s VIP Machu Picchu experience for you which includes a full lunch and dinner service, entrance fees at the site, and round-trip hotel transport as well as a stop for afternoon tea at the Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge – a perfect way to unwind before exploring the vast Machu Picchu. 

2. First Class Vistadome Service

vistadome service Luxury train travel in Peru

For a more modern but just as scenic first class experience, the Vistadome train’s first class is designed for modern luxury, immersion into your surroundings and first-class comfort for travelers looking to enjoy a clean, efficient and top-of-the-line travel experience to Machu Picchu.

The First-Class Vistadome service also features informative audios along the route, as well as cultural experiences from dining to live music and dance to truly experience  the culture of Peru.

Surrounded entirely by glass and cars with large panoramic windows which offer incomparable scenic views and a plethora of opportunities for photography, the Vistadome is perfect for those who are looking to immerse themselves in the dramatic landscape of the Andes, in style and comfort.  

3. The Private IncaRail

Inka Rail Luxury train travel in Peru

IncaRail’s private train service from Cusco to Aguas Calientes is in a league of its own, built especially for those seeking privacy, luxury and utmost comfort. “The Private” is their first-class service in an exclusive wagon in which you and your travel companions can enjoy a beautifully decorated lounge with wide seats, bar, premium beverages, gourmet menu, and live music. An open balcony allows for an opportunity to experience the breathtaking scenery around you and the service comes with champagne, Pisco Sours and a three course gourmet meal with natural ingredients from the Sacred Valley offered with a special selection of wine and fresh juices. This service also includes a private bus to the Citadel.

For foodies with a pension for luxury – this is an incredible option as  part of the experience onboard, The Private offers its passengers personalized cooking classes where they will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare typical Peruvian dishes such as Ceviche or Lomo Saltado.

The Inca Rail Private Train is furnished with plush armchairs and panoramic windows. The train carriage is air conditioned. Guests also have access to luggage storage and lavatories.

Whether you’re looking for luxury cabins, panoramic views, a gourmet dining experience or world-class performances – luxury train travel in Peru delivers it all. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime voyage through the Sacred Valley and end your journey to the magnificent Machu Picchu in utmost luxury, with memories, photos and experiences that will last a lifetime. Kuoda’s expert team of travel designers is here to make this first class journey come to life! Contact us to start planning your luxury train travel in Peru.