All my life I have dreamed of taking the Hiram Bingham to Machu Picchu. Pulling up to the station in Cusco to board we found the proud historic royal blue train cars waiting for us in pristine fashion. My heart fluttered as I peered in the windows, a foreshadowing of what was to come in glimpses of white linen table tops and sparkling glasses just waiting to be filled with life. Usually when I choose to take a train it’s because I want to be able to work for those few hours of a journey…. but not here. The beauty of the old train cars, the history of luxury travel, the celebration they created demanded all your attention. We sat on red velvet seats and drank pisco sours to the beat of live musicians in the lounge car. We took pictures and smelled the fresh mountain air off the back of the last train car while we wound around and around mountain passes. We dined on classic Peruvian food paired with locally made wines and watched the river flow by in a happy steam leading us right to the heart of Machu Picchi and the next leg of our adventure found only in south america…
The last romantic train trip I took was on this journey….
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25 thoughts on “Hiram Bingham”
Jaime, simply beautiful. thank you for sharing.
This brought back memories. Just wonderful. I loved the music in Peru and could imagine it again when looking at your picture of the musicians on the train
Your work is amazing. Love it! Thanks for sharing.
That cinemagraph may be my favorite. Amazing!
Thank you 🙂
You guys are really outdoing yourself EVERY single time!! x
It’s my dream to go to Peru and see Machu Pichu. I’m going to take that train when I get there!
That looks like the most incredible trip! The cinemagraph is perfect and it reminds me of Harry Potter a little bit.
The Lovely Theory
You guys just keep getting better and better with these cinemagraphs! Pisco sours really help get the creative juices flowing it seems…
Again, thank you for transporting us with your images 🙂
And I agree with Kevin. This is possibly one of my favourite cinemagraphs!
Love the cinemagraph and your trip by a classic and glamorous train. It might have been stunning the landscape too. Thank you for sharing with us.
Wow. There really is nothing more spectacular than luxury train travel, and this may be the most luxurious train I’ve ever seen. Your photos, as always, are breathtaking…and that first cinemagraph is my all-time favourite of yours.
😀 Thank you!
Love the cinemagraph and stunning photos! Sounds like such a wonderful trip.
So beautiful! I’m gasping.
We love the Queen Mary 2 to cross the ocean (spectacular journey and shockingly affordable), but it looks like we’re going to have to add this one to our list.
I just discovered this to add to my list too: http://www.steam-ship-sudan.com/en/
I heard the Queen Mary 2 is spectacular, did you enjoy it?
Yes! We’ve done it twice so far; next trip is planned for 2016. It’s now our way to get to Europe. I wrote about it for Style Magazine:
Wonderful trip and amazing pics!!!!!
loved this article and your imagery, must have been an amazing trip…Never stop a traveler 🙂
Hi everybody. I remeber when I traveled to Cusco the last year, the experience was spectacular, Cusco has the best place to know about history. Also I remember the experience with my travel agency, the was perfect, if you want know more tha Machu Picchu and Peru, your can search the web page and travel for all Peru. Hugs.
Your photos are incredible! I especially love the one of the barstools in the lounge car. I recently took this same journey and it was a DREAM. https://gustoandgrace.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/highlight-travel-guide-machu-picchu/