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This Luxe Panoramic Train in Peru Will Make You Rethink Hiking to Machu Picchu

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by Tim Wenger Mar 15, 2018

Inca Rail, Peru’s leading train service to Machu Picchu, announced significant upgrades to their passenger train services in Peru. The journey to Machu Picchu is now more luxurious and relaxing than ever, begging the question of which experience travelers will rave about more upon returning home: the journey or the destination.

Those who’ve done the four-day trek by foot may consider this upscale service a bit over the top, but hey, not all travelers venturing to this UNESCO World Heritage Site want to trek the Inca Trail. Some prefer a more luxurious getaway, and are willing to shell out good money — the most luxurious option being a $9,000 private train chartered specifically for the paying party.

The 360º Machu Picchu train is the latest upgrade, boosting the standard level of luxury of the single round-trip passenger. This option features panoramic viewing of the Sacred Valley from inside each of the six coach cars, along with local cuisine served onboard to guests without them having to leave their seat.

For the ultimate in upscale traveling, groups of up to eight passengers can charter a private train, the most exquisite option available. Guests are greeted by a bottle of Champagne upon boarding. In addition to taking in panoramic views of the Sacred Valley from the balcony or from within the luxurious coaches, the trip is spent sampling regional wines paired with Peruvian cuisine options. There’s also an open bar for the cocktail-inclined (we recommend trying a Pisco Sour). Should a passenger’s focus turn inward, an on-board educational app is readily available to entertain and inform about the Valley and the final destination, Machu Picchu itself.

The First Class Machu Picchu Train offers similar luxuries but in a setting shared with other travelers — perhaps allowing for a chance meeting of new friends with which to enjoy the three-course tasting menu. Guests also take in live music from the Observatory-Lounge car and can sip a cocktail on the balcony as the Sacred Valley floats by.

According to Inca Rail’s website, the new travel options allow travelers to “experience a unique way to travel to Machu Picchu, exploring the Andean landscape like never before with wider and taller panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage including a bar. The only train in Peru with an entertainment app on board which will allow you to learn more about the train journey and the Inca civilization.”

Or, you know, you could always walk there.

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