Cap your trip to Machu Picchu with a pisco sour on the Orient-Express train ride back to Cuzco. After boarding this luxury train for dinner and the return journey, everyone meets in the bar car for a drink. Live music, the rocking of the train, and the excitement from just experiencing Machu Picchu is a buzz to remember. Soon all the passengers are dancing as they travel through the steep mountainsides under the stars. —Lauren Maggard
This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image courtesy of Orient-Express
The Hiram Bingham Express is operated by the same company that manages the Orient Express. The train runs from Cusco, Peru to Macchu Picchu, but I boarded in Urubamba. Spent about half of the two and a half hours ride here in the last of the lounge cars which features a viewing section with rear balcony, then enjoyed an excellent five course dinner in the dining car, which included a delightful Peruvian wine. Champagne throughout the journey is also included in the fare. The ride follows the Urubamba River and provides spectacular views of the Andes Mountains as it winds its way through the river valley.