Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu

Belmond Hiram Bingham
We had been looking forward to taking the HB to Machu Picchu for months. We had a super time getting to Machu Picchu on the Hiram Bingham.  One of the best trains in the world. 

Party before Leaving for Machu Picchu
Max picked us up at 08:00 hrs from the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas for the drive to Poroy, where the train station is located.

We arrived at the Poroy Station, and were greeted by the friendly staff members. We were checked in and then the party started with music and dancers at the station.

This was going to be good.
Urubamba River Valley on the Train

Aguas Calientes
While we waited to leave, there was Champagne and Piscos with snacks and treats. When the train was ready to go at 09:05 hrs they escorted us to our dining car seats in the luxury train.

The Hiram Bingham would take us to Aguas Calientes where we’d take a bus up the road to the Royal Estate of Machu Picchu.

Dining Car
On the train we drank and hung out in the Bar Car listening to the band play before they called us and served a gourmet brunch at our seats. Tasty. 

We met our guide Dario on the train and after a 31/2 hour comfortable ride along the Urubamba River Valley, we arrived in Aguas Calientes at 12:25.

Dario did a great job as our guide at Machu Picchu.

After we spent 3 hrs exploring Machu Picchu it was time for us to make our way out of the ruins to the Sanctuary Hotel for Coca tea and snacks courtesy of Belmond. It’s right at the entrance to MP and very convenient when exploring the site.

We then got on the bus back to Aguas Calientes for the return train to Poroy. The HB left at 17:50 hrs.

Party Time in the Bar Car
On the train back to Poroy before dinner, the band really got going in the bar car and people started dancing and having an exciting good time. We rocked and rolled, then the band slowed down and played the classic El Condor Pasa. Very nice experience.

Peruvian Fruit Appetizer

3 Potato Soup
Duck Confit
Peruvian Chocolate-Pineapple Dessert
Dinner was called and we were served a gourmet meal at our seats. We had Duck Confit, Peruvian 3 Potato Soup and a Peruvian Chocolate-Pineapple dessert that was super good. 

Got back to Poroy at 21:15 hrs and Max was there to bring us back to the Palacio. We had a wonderful day and saw a modern wonder of the world. One of the most incredible ancient sites that exist.

Highly recommended!

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