Machu Picchu

Overview

From Andrew Harper

The fabled “Lost City of the Incas” is reached from the Sacred Valley via the enchanting Hiram Bingham train owned by Orient-Express and operated by PeruRail (www.orient-express.com). Named in honor of the American explorer and Yale professor who rediscovered the ruins in 1911, the evocative train consists of two dining cars, a bar car and sumptuously appointed blue-and-gold observation carriages seating up to 84 passengers. The memorable 100-minute ride ends at Aguas Calientes, where you board a waiting bus for the final 30-minute leg up a switchback to Machu Picchu. Cradled by jungly green mountains at an altitude of 8,000 feet, Machu Picchu is a labyrinth of mysterious gray stones and surrounding rock spires forming a kind of gigantic natural cathedral.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

This 31-room lodge is the only hotel adjacent to the ruins, which grants privileged access.