Inca Rail, a 100 percent Peruvian-owned company, offers authentic rail travel experiences between the mystical Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, also known as the “Lost City of the Incas.”
Launched in October 2009, the company operates a fleet of nine trains, which take guests on a breathtaking one hour and 45 minute journey from the Incan fortress town of Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan bastions, to the magical Machu Picchu UNESCO World Heritage site. Traveling along the Urubamba River, pas- sengers pass through lush vegetation and breathtaking landscapes until they arrive at Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu. For the ultimate Andean luxury experience, book the flagship Inca Princess carriage, a private space for eight that is both exceptionally comfortable and offers optimal views.
Calle Portal de Panes 105, Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Head of Agency Services Jessica Farfán
TOP RAIL SERVICE: PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE
- Charter rate: $10,000
Carriage style: The Inca Princess carriage, finely styled with wood veneers, warm lighting and luxury furnishings, show- cases traditional Peruvian artwork and imagery alongside unobstructed panoramic views.
Key selling points: Inca Rail’s presidential railcar, with capacity for eight passengers, features a well-appointed lounge, stocked bar, private entrance and bathroom. Throughout the trip to Machu Picchu, passengers will enjoy a delectable tasting menu specially conceived for Inca Rail by the prestigious chefs at Le Cordon Bleu School in Lima. These mouthwatering creations are accompanied by the finest wines from the region and an exquisite selection of Peruvian desserts made with exotic fruits local to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In addition to the bar’s more standard offerings, sample sumptuous cocktails while taking in the enchanting Andean scenery that surrounds you.
First Class Service: This sleek service offers an onboard gourmet menu accompanied by a glass of fine wine, indulgent dessert and an ample selection of teas and herbal infusions. Each first-class carriage carries 30 passengers.
Executive Service: Comfortable furnishings, panoramic win- dows and a tasty selection of biscuits, dried fruit and chocolate, along with cold and warm refreshments, characterize the 42-person executive carriages.