By Marion Bunnik
South America is a part of the world with many amazing icons and is high on so many bucket lists. From an abundance of amazing sights to admire, it is hard to pick one but of course, I can’t look past Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas in Peru.
This spiritual place is located high up in the mountains and my first sight of the city gives me goose bumps each and every time I have had the lucky pleasure to visit.
The mountains surrounding it are often beset by misty clouds which highlights the beauty of the site. After a guided tour it is so lovely to just sit on one of the ridges and soak in the serenity and spirituality of this special place.
The best way to get to Machu Picchu is by the luxury Hiram Bingham train. The train leaves from Poroy just outside Cusco and takes you through the Valley to Aguas Calientes.
Travel in Style
When boarding the train you are welcomed by the local musicians and local dancers with a glass of champagne and snacks. While enjoying the scenery on the train you will be served a delicious breakfast. The largest carriage of the train is the bar with an open platform for you to take your pictures of the beautiful scenery. The local musicians play their instruments and dance with the guests, playing music on request. A wonderful way to travel through this beautiful landscape.
On arrival at Aguas Calientes, there is no need to line up with the people from the other trains as you will have your own coach to take you up the mountain to enter the Lost City. After enjoying your guided excursion and exploring the Lost City, afternoon tea will be served in the hotel. The coach takes you zigzagging down the mountain to Aguas Calientes for your overnight stay at the Inca Terra Eco Hotel.
Machu Picchu is reached by travelling to Lima in Peru and then taking a short flight to Cusco, once the capital city of the Inca empire. Cusco has so many sights to visit, one is Koricancha, the Temple of the Sun and the impressive Cathedral on the Plaza des Armas.
After enjoying the wonderful sightseeing at Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley and Cusco you’ll check-in to your luxury cabin on the luxury Andean Explorer Train.
This train journey takes you over the mighty High Andes Mountains to Puno where you will spend the night at Lake Titicaca. The following morning a visit to the Uros Islands is part of the program and you will see how the Indian Communities live on Reed islands in the lake.
Each extended family have their own island and there is a school for the children. Your journey continues to the Colca Canyon the breeding place of the largest bird of South America, the Peruvian Icon – the Condor.
Time to indulge
This amazing journey is part of our South America in Style small group tour. There are so many daily highlights
, like staying in the National Park of Iquazu Falls at the famous Das
Cataratas Hotel in Falls View rooms, while seeing and hearing the thunder of the falls in front of the hotel. In Rio, you will be staying at Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro in Sea View Rooms.
Other fantastic accommodation includes the luxury Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires and an overnight stay at the la Bamba Estancia where you’ll watch the Gauchos perform. A truly luxury experience visiting the places on your bucket list!
For more information check out our deluxe tour, South America In-Style.