In Cuzco, Peru, it's a day of celebration. The locals celebrate the Sun god, much venerated by their Inca ancestors of Machu Picchu. To climb the sacred mountain, the wealthy offer themselves luxury transportation. On the station platform, the Hiram Bingham train is ready to go. On board, the smallest details are checked by the butler. The luxury train was inaugurated in 2003 and reproduces identically the Belle Epoque of the 20th century, that of Hiram Bingham.
The American explorer made Machu Picchu known to the world in 1911. A couple of Australians have a dream come true. “My wife read everything about Machu Picchu, that's why she wanted to come”explains the man. We left for a four hour trip to the heart of the sacred valley. A surprise at 500 € each way to arrive at the foot of Machu Picchu. The clientele of the train is upscale. The train butler has seen celebrities parade, such as Christopher Lloyd, Jim Carrey and Antonio Banderas.