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Named for the explorer who rediscovered the citadel, the iconic Belmond Hiram Bingham train is as much a part of the Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu experience as the destinations themselves. Dashing attendants in retro uniforms welcome you onto the 1920s Pullman-style carriages outfitted with plush armchairs and oversized windows. Based on the typical schedule, riders heading up to Machu Picchu will enjoy a gourmet lunch served on white tablecloth- and fine china-topped tables; those heading back down to the Sacred Valley will celebrate the journey with drinks and live music in the bar car. Even if you just splurge for a ride in one direction (and take the regular train or bus for the other), the ride will become as much a part of your Peru stories as your citadel selfies.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
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Sacred Valley, Peru