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World's Most Scenic Train Rides

Hiram Bingham

Courtesy of The Orient-Express Hotels, Trains & Cruises/ Genivs Loci

Hiram Bingham Orient-Express, Peru

This 1920s-style Pullman train winds past misty mountains and the turbulent rapids of Peru’s Urubamba River toward the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The seven-hour route (round-trip) starts in high plains, continues through agricultural terraces from the era of the Incas, then passes through verdant fields and colorful villages to the famous lost city of Aguas Calientes.

Train Trivia: The train summits near the crest of Machu Picchu mountain, where travelers are more than 7,500 feet above sea level. Coca tea and oxygen are available in case of altitude sickness.

One-way tickets from $334. The journey includes meals paired with Peruvian wine, entertainment, guides, bus transfers, entrance to Machu Picchu sanctuary, afternoon tea at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, and cocktails.

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